Nope...didnt have to remove shock at all. I did have to undo the top ball joint in order to have easier access on drivers side. I suspect the Gen 3s might be a little different.

03 Montero XLS, OME 2"suspension lift,Full skid plates, Extended Diff/transfer breathers. 34 LTB's, Winch w/syn rope, Locked front/rear.