Yes, I did the shocks in all cases except one of the ones with previous suspension jobs. The shock makes a big difference in the control you have at speed. The instructions Dave sends are very complete and thorough, and if followed, will get you through your first one with no problem. IMO, they're simpler than the forks are. I've been wondering about you. You're quite welcome. Glad you're happy with it all, but I'm not surprised. Glad to hear it may be easier than the forks. You know always nervous the first time.