I went through two sets of those shocks with poor results. They start rattling very shortly after install. Maybe you will have better results than me.I'm looking for a free day to head to the junk yard to build one too, but first I have to fix this squatting issue. I noticed the other day the rear driver side is leaning a bit to the left.
@b0wfin I contemplated getting the airbags, but I just read an old post on Piloteers about a good alternative - Monroe rear shocks #58645 Sensa-trac load adjusting shock absorber (coil over shock). They run about $68 a pair on Amazon. Has anyone tried these yet?
I have replaced the fluid and burnished the differential approximately 4 times. After my last off-road adventure the chirp went away, but so did rear wheel drive LOL. I am going to replace the differential with one from a newer Element or CR-V. Then I can test the capabilities again!Nice job on the repair. My ‘05 CRV had similar damage from a rear end collision. The Escalade had a bunch of front end damage. The rear axle chirp is resolved by replacing the fluid and doing a couple figure 8s in the parking lot. It’s called burnishing.