I have an only-2-year-old rear shock that is leaking a bit (KYB, surprisingly) and will be replacing the pair in the near future. I've read various related threads on forums and watched several YT videos and so understand this is a fairly straight-forward procedure, and luckily I have access to a two-post lift to help with process. Still, if anyone has some thoughts or tips or pitfall warnings, I'm all ears (except for the parts of me that aren't actually ears).
2 minor questions based on what I've read/watched: 1) it appears that supporting or lifting the rear axle is required; the two ways this was accomplished was a jack stand placed under rear differential, and another person used a ratcheting strap. Is either of these preferred (and why)? And is there a third alternative? 2) One of the vids listed silicon past as one of the supplies for the task...I think he used it for bushings, but it wasn't clear where or why?
Probably doesn't matter too much with regard to the general nature of my question, but this is on a 2007, V6, RWD, Limited, Toyota 4-Runner.