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Unread 05-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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How to line up spring to axle?

I'm trying to re-install a spring I had to take out, and was wondering what the steps are to line the spring back up.

The spring and axle do not seem to want to go together tightly and smoothly.. Any help is great!

Thanks.

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Unread 05-09-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Ratchet straps work well. I've always simply used my foot to kick things into place.
Unless you are talking about something completely different than what I am thinking of.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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loosen up your bolts on the spring/shackle it should wiggle side to side more, if its front to rear motion you need, kicking and or ratches straps usually work
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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help, I'll try again today.. Also, when I tighten up the u-bolts, will the gap in between the axle and spring close up?

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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:20 AM   #5
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It sounds like you have both ends of the spring already attached, and your trying to compress the spring up to the axle. Yes?

If so, you might try disconnecting the shackle end, then install the u-bolts snug but not tight. Then connect the shackle end, using a floor jack to compress the spring into position. Lastly, torque everything to spec.

At least that's how I do it, and it seems to work out.

Good luck,

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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:29 AM   #6
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With my frame blocked up and tires off, I take a jack under the axle and let it drop to the springs level. I get the space between the pad and spring closed up, spin the nuts on the ubolts but not torqued, and then tighten things up when it's back on 4 feet.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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Good point, OleBlue. The Jeep should be on stands under the frame. That way, you can maneuver the axle wherever you need with a floor jack.

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