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This look right?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stoney126, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. stoney126

    stoney126 1/2 ton status

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    was tightening down the U-bolts and noticed that the axle seems to be somewhat towards the front of the vehicle. Now it is on jackstands in the rear so it's got a nice rake to it atm and it's is not completely tight and the other side doesnt have the U-bolts on yet. Of course I have had no sleep and am second guessing everything :D
    So does this look right?

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  2. big dan

    big dan 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    does that pic have all the weight of the vehicle on the axle?
     
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    neverendingproject 1/2 ton status

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    Is any wieght on it? If so, you need to work on your shackle angle and flip the springs around would be my bet.
     
  4. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I am guessing there is no weight on the springs. As you support the weight the shacle angle should change to \ that typer of an angle, and the axle will move rearward as the srings compress under the weight. The springs are on the correct way: short side forward for stock location.
     
  5. stoney126

    stoney126 1/2 ton status

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    ther's no weight on the axle, the springs are sagging a lil bit .
    I gonna regret asking but the slim side of the shim is supposed to be towards the front right?
     
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    neverendingproject 1/2 ton status

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    Well there you go. just jack it up and see.:waytogo:
     
  7. midnitewarya

    midnitewarya Sounds like a problem for future me. Premium Member

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    I went through this myself and learned two things.

    1. Once you compress it, it will be fine.

    2. You can't accidently move the axle fowards by putting the springs in wrong. If they are in backwards, it will move the axle back.

    I had actually convinced myself I had the wrong springs. Once I let it down, they compressed the shackle and all was well.

    Al
     
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    Looks to me like the springs are too short....what length are those?

    I 've had mine fully decompressed at times, and when i was doing the install, and my shackles were never leaning that far forward,,,that seems to be a bit much much IMO.
     
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    they are 56 inches 4 inch lift leaf springs. I got a shackle flip on there too
    BTW that isnt an angled pic, its racked that much
     
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    BTW, assuming rubber bushings you really want to tighten the spring bolts, shackle bolts, and U-bolts with weight on the springs. This is b/c with the spring & shackle bolts the bushings want to be relaxed at normal ride height. Tightening them fully extended puts a twist in them. The reason for the U-bolts is that you won't have to work as hard tp tighten them. With the spring unloaded you have to first force the spring flat to the perch b4 they start to actually tighten. Let the rig's weight do that part for you.
     
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    Id put weight on the axle and see if it changed any. and as far as shims go, if you want to point the pinion up the slim side goes forward. if you want to point it down the slim side goes toward the back.
     

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