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    Hello everybody, I've joined this forum a while ago but recently I bought a burgundy 1997 K1500 Z71 Ext. Cab. The shocks are way overdue for some new ones, and I want to get Bilstein HD's to replace them. I would like to know if it extremely difficult to change them out yourself or is it really better to have a trusted mechanic do it for you? I would appreciate any help, thanks ya'll.
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    1997 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
    Maroon Ext. Cab
    5.7L Vortec V8
    4x4 w/Z71 Off Road Package
    No Mods.....Yet!
    Running stock size Falken High Country All Terrain's

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    If it's anything like my 2001 the hardest part looks to be breaking the old bolts loose. Looks like it's going to be 1 bolt up top and 1 bolt on the bottom front and rear. Swap them out and take it to an alignment shop to get it all squared up and you should be good to go.

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    If you buy shocks from Sears, Les Schwab, or most place they will put them on for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1flyfisher View Post
    If you buy shocks from Sears, Les Schwab, or most place they will put them on for you.

    Well where is the fun in that?

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    Why would you have to get your truck aligned after changing shocks?
    1995 Silverado,Z71, 3-inch lift,2-inch leveling kit, SkyJacker Suspension, short ram-air intake, throttle body spacer, MSD ignition coil, straight pipes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverado Junkie View Post
    Why would you have to get your truck aligned after changing shocks?

    Anytime you do suspension work you should get it realigned. You are loosening bolts and shifting everything around. It will throw your toe and camber off and will eat the tires up pretty quickly. It's always good insurance for the tires. If you go and get one done most big shops will redo it after that for free for up to a yr later.

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    Bloody nuckles for one. Spray something on them a few days before, to help ya out. I need to do mine too,but im not gonna buy the high dollar ones. I always had luck with A/C Delco shocks
    95 tahoe 2dr 4x4 200,000+ miles

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    I see what you mean and agree, thanks for the input.

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    Some very good advice! I'm not quite able to buy the shocks yet, but it might be worth it to learn how to do it myself. And thanks for the tip for the alignment, I didn't really think about that.

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