does anyone know a trick or an easy way to remove the stock shackles and install new boomerangs in the rear of a YJ? I wasn't able to remove the stock shackles because of the gas tank...just wondering if there was any trick to it or not.
Like mentioned above, let the springs droop. I had a heck of a time with mine, more-so getting the new bolts in. Id suggest a 6 pack and a BFH. Maybe a prybar or 2. When installing you can use a scissor jack between the spring and frame(carefully) to get it in the perfect spot.
***** and a half to get the upper bolts out.... I just used a big pry bar once I got the bolt head driven back far enough I could get behind it. I just pried out and toward the bumper. It rubbed the gas tank but it flexed it enough to pop out.
Okay, maybe not the first time! But after that it is not so bad. I could probably have my tank off in no time. Hell, one rough evening I think I had it in and out three or more times while trying to get my tank tuck and exhaust to play nice with the tub. It's an experience thing, of you don't do it, it will never get easy.
F/S Dana 35, 4:10, open make an offer, local pick up only, will not ship. 3-8-13