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Working on my lift and need some help

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by '73 K5, May 9, 2000.

  1. '73 K5

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    Here's the deal. I just put my new Superlift springs on the front. Attached them to the shackles and stuff. They went in fine. The problems started when I tried to bolt the springs to the axle. The little bolt that sticks through the bottom of the spring that goes in the hole on the axle won't fit. It will go in the hole about half way and then it stops. The hole is plenty deep and I can move the axle all around, but it won't sink in. The bolt thing on the spring is too big. It does the same thing on both sides. No shims came with the springs, so they should slide right in. Can I file the bolt things down or what??? HELP

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  2. titanic

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    You can file the spring pack bolt- just do it even all around. Measure the size off stock springs then get to work this way you won't have to keep moving axle to see if it goes. It shouldn't need much just on the end of the bolts probably. Steve
     
  3. Corey-88K5

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    I would actually suggest drilling out the hole on the axle. That way it will remain centered. Start with a small bit and start going up from there. You should either have to tap it in, or somethinglike that. You dno't want it sloppy.

    Corey
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    (oh, I've never heard of this problem before tho...)

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  4. bablazer73

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    I agree with cory. I have run into this problem before. gm used 5/16 bolts to hold front springs together and 3/8 on the rear. alot of the aftermarket springs use the larger bolts for added strength. Its easier to drill out the hole in the spring pad.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
  5. Chaz88K5

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    i had the same prob...it pissed me off sooo much....i thought i was kickin ass time wise puttin my lift on....but on just one side the bolt was too big....so i had to file the [censored] out of it and it fit fine....took me about 20-30 mins of filing and tryin it out...but i got it to work.
    Chaz

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  6. Goose

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    I thought I was the only one who had that problem! When I put Tuff Country springs on the front of my '73 I ended up filing the bolt. Didn't have a drill handy at the time. It was a pain, but I got a good, snug fit.

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  7. titanic

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    filing the bolt head doesn't make it weaker-besides if you want to go back to your stock springs you'll be able to.
     
  8. '73 K5

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    Sounds good. I think I'm going to file it...that way it won't alter the truck at all. Thanks guys. I've had pretty good luck with 3M sanding sponges before, so I'll try them.

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