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post #1 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Putting leaf springs on yj

So I'm having the hardest time getting those suckers on, any advice or ideas

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What exactly is your issue with getting them on installing springs on a Yj is child's play. Changing the oil is harder then swapping springs


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post #3 of 23 Old 07-15-2013, 09:30 PM
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I would not go that far! But give us a little more info so we can give some advise or suggestions.

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The combination of floor jack and jackstands makes short and safe work of it.

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Well i put the spring into the frame mount and put the bolt in, no biggy but the problem is getting it to reach that shackle, i loosen up the shackle but stiil having issues. and any ideas how to remove front springs from the front frame mounts, i dont think i can get a grinder in there between mount and leaf
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Well i put the spring into the frame mount and put the bolt in, no biggy but the problem is getting it to reach that shackle, i loosen up the shackle but stiil having issues. and any ideas how to remove front springs from the front frame mounts, i dont think i can get a grinder in there between mount and leaf
What brand springs are you using ? If its RC they are known to be short

I've always done shackle end first


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Well i put the spring into the frame mount and put the bolt in, no biggy but the problem is getting it to reach that shackle, i loosen up the shackle but stiil having issues. and any ideas how to remove front springs from the front frame mounts, i dont think i can get a grinder in there between mount and leaf
I used a zip disc as the bolt was seized to that inner sleeve. Then when the head and nut were cut off, I used two pry bars, one to open the mount a slight bit and one to pry the spring down. It didn't take much and the mount returned to its original position, so I don't think I caused any damage. Plus I did that a while ago, maybe a year. Still all fine. This may help.

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What brand springs are you using ? If its RC they are known to be short

I've always done shackle end first

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I did shackles first as well, it just happened that way, it wasn't my plan. But I also used a floor jack and a pry bar. Floor jack to lift it to position and the pry bar to help coax it into place.

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post #9 of 23 Old 07-16-2013, 09:59 AM
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You may not be able to get a grinder in there, but how about a sawzall? That's how we got the shackle bolts out of our first YJ.

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Ive used a floor jack between the spring and frame to line it up with the shackle

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I used a cutting torch, cut the eye in half on each side, used a bfh to pound it out of the mount. Then installation of the new springs was a piece of cake, and yes do shackle end first, makes lining things up go much smoother. Question is, did you put new bushings in your front shackle? Mine were pretty bad and wouldn't move, I replaced them and poof things got better.
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If you are putting new springs in and your shackle can't freely swing to meet the spring then you are doing only half the job.

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post #13 of 23 Old 07-17-2013, 10:34 AM
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I replaced all the bushings when I did mine. The ones in there were 20 years old. Sounds like you need to do the same. Then I bolted up the main eye and could lift the other side of the spring up by hand and swing the shackle to line up. If you prep right its nothing to do a spring in about 30 minutes a peice.

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this is also my second set of RC springs this year. I'd rather spend the money again and get something that will last.
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You'll soon learn that there is always more to a Jeep job than the Jeep job. In your case, the new springs job usually means a new bushing job.

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post #15 of 23 Old 07-17-2013, 07:03 PM
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I find it interesting that so many recommend doing the main eye first. I did the spring eye first as it is easier to align a movable object to a fixed object than it is to align two movable objects.

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