Get the spare-tire assembly out of the way: First, remove the lower tray and upper tub of the spare-tire-carrier assembly. This will allow you better access to the rear suspension and will provide ample room for the installation of the rear sway bar later in the process. Remove the shock: Place a hydraulic floor jack under the shock mount and raise it in order to relieve pressure from the shock and leaf spring. Remove the shock absorber from the bottom bolt on the shock mount stud. Remove the top nut and bolt from the frame. Remove the strut rod: Remove the cotter pin from the shock bolt stud and remove the nut. Go to the strut rod support bracket. Look at the notches on the strut rod bolts and the notch on the strut rod support bracket. Mark the two notches so that you can align them at the same spot upon reassembly. This wont give perfect alignment, but will give the alignment shop a good starting point. Loosen the strut rod nut and bolt, then remove them. Place a prybar on the top end of the strut rod and support bracket and pry downward to release the strut rod. Release the floor jack. Then use a spreader tool to release the strut rod from the shock mount.