Shock Protector Sleeve installation in 5 minutes or less

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Shock Protector Sleeve installation in 5 minutes or less

Post by Savaged » Wed Jun 04, 2003 11:31 pm

Installing Shock Protector Sleeves can be a daunting task for some. It is considered such a pain in the behind that many choose not to use them at all which is a shame because they actually do work in protecting the shock seals and shock shafts from damage from dirt and mud. Well let me show you a method I've used and perfected where I could basically do a set of all 8 shocks in less than 5 minutes (not including removal and reinstallation of shocks onto truck). The only thing you need is a simple $.99 turkey baster (this will have to be a sacrificial baster as the rubber end will need to be removed). It is important that you find the right size baster just slightly bigger in diameter than your actual shock spring. It all also IMPERATIVE that both ends of the baster be smooth and not have any plastic burrs that can scatch the Spandex and start a "run". It is also imperative that you use actual "Shock Protector Sleeves" as lesser quality brands sold at Ebay may not be able to endure the stretching that the "turkey baster" installation method will put them through. "Shock Protection Sleeves" can be purchased exclusively from Savaged (member #13) of Savage-Central.com. They are made of a tough Spandex "bikini" material with double stitched and glue seams. Each sleeve is then sprayed with automotive grade fabric protector to make them water resistant. Please send a Private Message for info and purchase information.

The 1st thing you should do is to get all of your items together. Besides the Turkey baster, the Shock Protector Sleeves and actual shock springs is all you'll need.

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The actual 1st step of the installation procedure involves sliding the Shock Protector Sleeve over the small end of the turkey baster all the way till it hangs over the big end and covers the big end's opening. Next, insert your spring into the turkey baster through the big end.

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Now reach into the big end of the turkey baster with your pointer finger and pull out the spring. The excess sleeve that was pulled over the big end to cover the opening should allow you to get a firm grip of the sleeve with your thumb, and hold it between the spring. Once you have them both with a firm "pinch" pointer and thumb grip- use your other hand to slowly pull the turkey baster away working the sleeve over the spring.

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The first shock should take the most time...once you get confident in your actions...the next 7 will be a breeze! Again..be sure the at turkey baster is only slightly larger than the actual shock spring. Using one too large will stretch the fabric and parhaps stress the stitching. At the same time, it is also very important that the baster be smooth without any burrs that can cause the material to run.

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Once you've got everything covered, all you need to do now is reinstall the spring onto the shock assembly and install the shock assembly onto your Savage!

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Post by Savaged » Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:36 am

I've been getting lots of emails/PM's inquiring about my Shock Protector Sleeves.... Due to my current situation- unfortunately, I am not manufacturing them anymore at the time and have sold out on my existing stock.


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