Ok, so the time has come for new shocks all around on the Jeep. I'm tired of the 50 year old Buick like ride i'm getting from the Jeep (excessive bouncing after hitting bumps, every bushing sounds like it came off that 50 year old Buick too). I'll be picking up some new shocks tomorrow and tackling this job come the weekend probably. I nearly had a stroke when I got a price on the front shocks ($70ish a piece, with my discount)...and these are for slightly upgraded OEM replacements from Napa. When I asked why the hell it cost so much, my buddy told me it's because the spring has to come off. I went ahead and told him to set them aside for me, and I went outside to look at the Jeep. Sure enough, the spring does have to come off. From reading the FSM, it looks like half the front end has to be disconnected twice (once per side) to get the shock off. Does anybody have any short cuts that saved them some time? First time messing with the suspension in the 6 years i've had this Jeep, other than the dealer installing new LBJ's. On another note, I'm all about Jeeps and i've had great luck with this one...but it's crap like this freakin design that almost make me want to look elsewhere when it comes time to trade it in.