Life is good, I pulled the bumper and cut a few 1 1/4" access holes in the rear cross member (that needs to be replaced anyway) and got a lock washer and nut on the bolt I drilled out. Went ahead and did the other side while I was at it. Heated up both bolts from the top then PB Blasted. I noticed one of the nuts had broken loose so I'm already ahead of the game now. Got the new shackle mounted and the bolt cut off the front eye, old spring pulled. Moving ahead now. Thanks for the advice guys.
My 2.5 Racho springs look like they might be slightly shorter in length than the stock. The hight of the spring looks to be real close. I'm wondering if they were stock now.
Also thanks in advance Rick for coming over tomorrow to lend a hand.
CJRubicon, I decided to fight with the tank another day.