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Finally, got around to replacing my rear shocks...

Took me about 90 minutes start to finish.

Needle-nose pliers to remove "plugs" that hold trim around upper shock mount.
8mm deep socket and ratchet to prevent shock shaft from turning.
15mm wrench to remove end-link nut.
18mm wrench to remove top shock nut.
18mm socket to remove lower shock bolts.
19mm socket to remove lug nuts.
Floor jack.
Car ramps.

What I did...
Sprayed WD-40 on end-links and lower shock bolt.
Put down rear seats.
Removed "plugs" to allow access to top shock nut.
While holding shock shaft with 8mm socket and ratchet use 18mm wrench to remove top shock nut. This is a PITA.
I left the top shock nut finger tight.
I decided to loosen top shock nut on both sides.
Loosen lug nuts with 19mm socket.
Raise car with floor jack.
Remove wheel.
Place car ramp under control arm.
Lower slightly to take tension off sway bar.
Remove 1 end-link nut with 15mm wrench while holding shaft with 8mm socket.
Remove lower shock bolt with 18mm socket.
Raise car slightly.
Remove top shock nut and remove shock. The rubber insulator may stuck in body, remove if your new shock includes one.
Install shock and finger tighten top shaft bolt.
Install lower shock bolt and tighten with 18mm socket. I put some Blue Lock-Tite on bolt before installing.
Attach end-link and use 15mm wrench while holding shaft with 8mm socket.
While holding shock shaft with 8mm socket and ratchet use 18mm wrench to tighten top shock nut. This is still a PITA.
Install wheel and tighten lug nuts with 19mm socket. Torque lug nuts to spec.
Now do the other side.
Install trim and "plugs".
Put up seats.
Drive around the block to test your work.
Put away tools.
Pat self on the back and have a beer...I just saved $200 bucks.
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