How to Compress Rear Shocks for Installation

1.Using a socket wrench, loosen the top bolt of the shock absorber. 2.Using a C-clamp or vise, compress the shock until the bottom mount is level with the top mount. 3.Tighten the top bolt using the socket wrench.

  • Using a socket wrench, remove the bolt at the bottom of the shock
  • Pull out the old shock
  • Measure the new shock against the old one to make sure it is the same size
  • Compress the new shock by hand as much as possible
  • Insert the new shock into place and replace the bolt at the bottom, tightening it with a socket wrench

How to Compress a Gas Shock for Installation

If you’re looking to install a gas shock on your vehicle, there are a few things you need to know in order to do it correctly. First, you need to compress the gas shock in order to fit it into the mounting location. This can be done with a shock compressor tool, or by manually compressing the shock with your hands.

Once the gas shock is compressed, you’ll need to insert it into the mount and bolt it in place. Make sure that the bolts are tightened properly so that the shock doesn’t come loose during operation. Finally, bleed the air out of the shocks before using them by depressing the shaft several times until fluid starts coming out of the reservoir.

By following these steps, you can successfully install a gas shock on your vehicle and ensure that it operates properly.

Do You Have to Compress Shocks before Installing?

No, you don’t have to compress shocks before installing them. In fact, it’s often easier to install shocks when they’re not compressed. That said, there are some situations where compressing the shock may be necessary or helpful.

For example, if the shock is too long for the space it needs to go in, compressing it may make installation possible. Or, if you’re working on a car with very limited suspension travel (like a drag racing car), compressing the shocks can help prevent them from bottoming out during use.

Can You Compress a Shock by Hand?

One of the most common questions we get here at Shockworks is whether or not you can compress a shock by hand. The answer is both yes and no, depending on the type of shock you have. If you have a coilover shock, then the answer is yes – you can compress the coil spring around the shock body using your hands.

However, if you have an airshock (like a Fox or a Rockshox), then the answer is no – you cannot compress an airspring by hand. You will need to use a shocks pump to add air to the airspring in order to make it firm enough to ride on.

How Do You Compress New Shocks?

If you’re looking to compress new shocks, there are a few things you’ll need to do. First, make sure the shock is properly seated in the frame or fork. You’ll then want to use a shock pump to add air to the shock until it reaches the desired pressure.

Finally, check the sag on the shock to ensure it’s set correctly.

How Do You Compress a Gas Shock for Installation?

If you’re looking to install a gas shock on your vehicle, there are a few things you need to do in order to compress the shock. First, you’ll need to remove the old shock from the vehicle. Once the old shock is out, you can begin compressing the new one.

To compress the gas shock, you’ll need a compressed air tank and an air compressor. Attach the air compressor to the tank and open up the valves. Slowly start pumping air into the tank until it reaches about 60 psi.

At this point, you can stop compressing the gas shock and close off the valves. Now that your new gas shock is compressed, you can go ahead and install it on your vehicle. Make sure everything is tight and secure before taking it out for a spin!


Compressing rear shocks is a simple process that can be done at home with just a few tools. The first step is to remove the old shock from the vehicle. Next, take the new shock and place it in an adjustable vice.

Once the new shock is secure, use a ratchet strap to compress the shock until it is half its original size. Then, simply install the new shock in the reverse order of removal.