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    Instructions on how to remove OEM shocks

    I haven't seen a how to, so thought I would share my experience on removing the OEM shocks. Keep in mind I have the GTS suspension, so you will not have to worry about removing the remote reservoirs and disconnecting the wiring harness if you have an SRT model. This means you may not need to remove the rear fender liners.


    Rear removal
    1. Start with a T30 torx bit and remove the 8 bolts holding the fender liner around the wheel well


    2. Remove 2 bolts underneath the side sill with the T30 torx bit


    3. Remove 3 10mm bolts adjacent to the bottom of the side sill bolts


    4. Remove 3 more bolts with the T30 torx bit that hold the fender liner to the rear bumper


    5. The last step before removing the fender liner is to remove 1 T30 bolt and 1 10mm bolt


    6. Before pulling out the fender liner, tape off the body to avoid scratching since the fender liners hold a handful of u-clip nuts


    7. Remove the fender liner


    8. Remove the 21mm upper shock bolt and 21mm nut (Unlike the Gen 3/4, I did not have to remove the rubber cover to allow for more room to pull out the shock)


    9. Remove the 18mm lower shock bolt and 21 mm nut


    10. Remove the clip securing the braided line to the remote reservoir


    11. Remove the 8mm nut holding the reservoir to the mounting bracket


    12. Loosen the 14mm nut to allow the mounting bracket to separate in order to pull out the remote reservoir


    13. Pull out the clip that secures the wire that controls the dual mode suspension


    14. Use a small flathead screwdriver to lift the lock on the clip and pull apart




    15. Now you can remove the shock

    Note: On the passenger rear, there's a wiring harness that makes it a PITA to access the top shock bolt nut. I was able to pull the harness away far enough to remove the nut without having to remove the clip that secures the harness.



    Front removal
    1. This process is much easier than the rear since you do not have to remove the fender liner and the remote reservoir is easily accessed


    2. I forgot to take pictures of the upper/lower shock bolts, but it's the same as removing the rear upper/lower shock bolts

    3. Remove the clips securing the remote reservoir and wiring harness that controls the dual mode suspension


    4. Remove the 8mm nut holding the reservoir to the mounting bracket


    5. Pull out the wire that controls the dual mode suspension

    6. Now you can remove the shock
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    Installation of my BC coilovers was a breeze...had all 4 shocks mounted in under an hour. I didn't take any pictures of the install because it's simply putting the upper/lower bolts back in. Torque specs are 100 ft. lbs. for all the upper/lower shock bolts.


    Front lowered 1.25" and rear lowered 1". I'll play around with the ride height more in a few weeks when the new wheels arrive. Before and after.
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    Nice write up and nice new Viper Ryan! That was quick...you just sold your TA! What wheels are you going to put on this bad boy?
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    Hey brother thanks for doing this detailed install. Your car looks awesome!
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    This might be obvious but are you giving up the active suspension? Didnt know you could do that without issues. love my mcs on my srt

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanH View Post
    This might be obvious but are you giving up the active suspension? Didnt know you could do that without issues. love my mcs on my srt
    His factory dampers are electronic but not "active" like the Tractives. When you go to a non electronic damper it just defaults to race mode. Thanks for the write up Ryan, did you go with the BC's just for the ride hight adjustability?
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    Nice write up! Did not notice you had the new ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapidrezults View Post
    Nice write up and nice new Viper Ryan! That was quick...you just sold your TA! What wheels are you going to put on this bad boy?
    Thanks, Chris! I had planned on being patient and waiting a couple of months to pickup another Viper, but I don't plan very well...had a deposit on the anodized car the same day I received payment for mine. Going back to my old roots of a 19/20 setup and doing Forgelines.
    Quote Originally Posted by DanH View Post
    This might be obvious but are you giving up the active suspension? Didnt know you could do that without issues. love my mcs on my srt
    Andy answered this one. I was going to go with MCS, but decided to give the BCs a shot due to the price and good reviews I've heard from a couple friends.
    Quote Originally Posted by FLATOUT View Post
    His factory dampers are electronic but not "active" like the Tractives. When you go to a non electronic damper it just defaults to race mode. Thanks for the write up Ryan, did you go with the BC's just for the ride hight adjustability?
    Yes. I have the VE lowering caps, but knew I would want to go lower than what the caps offer. The BCs were the next best solution for me.
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    Ryan
    Nice write up! Did not notice you had the new ride.
    Thanks! I just picked it up a week ago.
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    Bumping this up in case it can help anyone. I’m using my write up for my green car to get rid of this horrible gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98intrigue View Post
    Bumping this up in case it can help anyone. I’m using my write up for my green car to get rid of this horrible gap.

    Nice, hope this helps new or current owners wanting to do the swap themselves. Had my brother help me with my MCS and then again to switch to a stiffer rear spring.

    Btw Ryan, surprised you didnt go with MCS. How much are the BC racing kit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by serpent View Post
    Nice, hope this helps new or current owners wanting to do the swap themselves. Had my brother help me with my MCS and then again to switch to a stiffer rear spring.

    Btw Ryan, surprised you didnt go with MCS. How much are the BC racing kit?
    BCs are about half the price. I’ve never had MCS, but have had BC, KW, and Penske. I had BCs with upgraded Swift springs on my carbon car and was happy with them, which is why I went with them again.
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    Thanks for the right up, added it to my bookmarks for future installs!

    p.s. if you decide to sell your oem rims I might be interested!
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