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? on doing front end lift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wayne, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    When I do my lift and axle swap on the front is there any easy way to do it? I was thinking about bolting everything togeather to the axle and just rolling it under the truck and putting everything togeather and setting it down and then tighten everything up. I figure on bolting the springs to the axle and installing the new schackles to the springs and bolting the brake lines to the calipers and then roll it all under the truck on the tires. Once it is under I figure on getting the front of the spring in first and then the shackels. Just curious on the way you guys have done it and if you think this will work because it seems to me this is the easiest way to do it.

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    Hey Wayne, thanks for asking this. I was wondering the same thing. Thats the way I am planning on doing mine and would be interested in hearing any other responses.

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    The easiest way, is bolting the springs to the truck first. Then slide the axle underneath jack that up to the spring. Then the brake hoses.
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    Install the springs on the vehicle. Drag the axle under the springs without tires. Jack one side up to within 3" of the spring. Put a jackstand under it. Jack up other side so the spring pad touches the spring. Put a jackstand under it. Now go back to the other side and jack it up to position and install the ubolts. Now position other side and install ubolts. This is the way I've always done it (by myself) and it is pretty easy. Oh yeah, lower the front of the vehicle a little so you don't have to raise the axle as high.

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    Blazbrnc hit the nail on head. That is exactly what I did. Also a second person can come in handy if you can get one. Definetly put the springs on the truck fist. They are already heavey and you will have to work them a little bit back and forth to get them in... much easier w/out a Big D60 attached IMO [​IMG] Good Luck guys!

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    Well as far as help goes I am going to try and get Drew to come up and help out. Everybody is saying to do the springs first which I can understand why. Has anyone ever tried to do it the way I said and found out if it could be done? Just curious because it is always fun to here the storys on what not to do.

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    I'm guessing if you put the springs on the axles first you would have a hard time getting the spring eyelets lined up with the shackles and front spring mount. The ubolts don't really align the springs on the axle very well.

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    I tried that technique on the rear-end of my F150 - it took about 4 hours just to get it lined up, and the bolts started. Pretty tough to get it lined in even with a lightweight 8.8 Ford.

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    Make sure that the weight of the truck is on the front end when doing the final tightening of all the hardwhare (u-bolts and such).

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