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Rancho lift installation help...how do I line up the springs (pics). help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jakeslim, Jan 25, 2003.

  1. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    Looks like you need to jack the truck up by the frame. that will line your holes up closer
     
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    cut your tailipe, and jack up the frame, or lower the axle.
     
  4. Brady

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    Pull the other spring off and lower the axle.You may also need to lift the rig higher.It also is easier to put the springs on first then bolt the axle to the springs.
     
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    First, unbolt the spring from the axle. You don't need to be wrestling with the weight of the whole rearend while you try to get the springs in place. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    Next align the eye at the front end of the spring with the fixed hanger and insert the bolt. Put the nut on, but don't tighten it yet. Then it looks like you're going to have to jack the frame up higher to do the next step. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif You need to be able to align the rear eye with the shackle. It looks like the spring is hitting the axle before it can make it into the shackle. Once the spring is bolted into place, then you can attach the spring to the axle.

    Now do the other side, then go back and tighten up all the bolts and nuts. It's easier to shift things around a little if you leave them pretty loose until everything is back in place. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    just pull on that sucker as hard as you can /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    looks like your tailpipe is in the way,the truck is not high enuf and the 300 pound axle is bolted to the spring.that in itself would be hard enuf to get the spring in.the spring itself weighs in at about 75 pounds.if you dont want to unbolt the axle you will still hav to lift the rear of the truck about anether fott it looks like.that is how i see it.good luck.it would also help to have a friend who can help move things a little with you lining up the holes for the bolts.
     
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    thanks fo the tips. DONE(with rear)!. Just in time as a bit of snow is falling...ouch. Next weekend....front of my ever demanding vehicle. The old springs literally fell apart when loose and the blocks looked terrible. Truck sits just as it did before with 6 inch blocks.
    Thanks again and I will most likely seek help next weekend with the front end. Friends? all have never picked up a wrench in their life. NJ people for the most part are "pay someone else to do it" kinda folks.
     

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