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Unread 07-08-2010, 10:32 PM   #16
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Do you have a pry bar?

If so, use the pry bar to slightly compress the spring and also as a ramp to guide the spring in to place.

Once you get it lined up, give the spring a kick and it will pop right in.

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Unread 07-08-2010, 11:52 PM   #17
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You buy a set for $10 at harbor freight to get the job done. Without the spring compressor you will need to disconnect the track bar, shocks, and maybe the lower control arms, once the coils are in use a floor jack to raise the axle enough to line up the lower control arms so they bolt up.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 12:17 AM   #18
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I was able to get all my springs on except the rear drivers side. Went to advanced auto and they rent it to you for free. It was a $50 deposit that was 100% refunded when you return the compressor. Make sure you get an external comressor tool, not one designed for struts. And BE CAREFUL!!! If you compress one and it lets go, its going to do some damage.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 06:39 AM   #19
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Unread 07-09-2010, 08:41 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by lupinsea View Post
I've tried installing even 2" lift springs without spring compressors and I can't manage it on my rig, even though I hear a lot of first hand accounts from people on JF being able to do so w/ 2-4" lift springs.

I don't get what I'm doing wrong but I simply can't get it to work.

So when ever I've needed to do spring work I just borrow the spring compressors. Rather than fighting the spring the whole process just goes much smoother with the compressors. And yes, if you want / need to use them you'll need the ones that fit on the outside of the spring. Even then, pay attention to their orientation around the spring. As you tighten or loosen the compresson bolts they can end up getting "stuck" in the bracketry of the axles / frame. It's not a big deal, just pay attention to how the clamps are oriented.
^This. All of it. I know there are folks that don't need them and hey, I wish I was one of those folks

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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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Unread 07-09-2010, 11:41 AM   #21
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Headed over to the garage to work on it. We'll see how it goes. I will post what I tried and what worked for me tonight. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 10:54 PM   #22
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Got the front springs in and the arms bolted on with the help of...

Coil Spring Compressor
Tilting one end of the axle up
Taking off the frame bolts for the LCAs
Using a hand winch hooked up to a furnace bollard to get the arms in

I feel like two hands isn't enough to get some of this done, but I did. Another 5 hour session in the garage, but at least I have something to show for it this time. The couple of Jeeps I have helped lift never had this much trouble. Not sure what my problem is but this one is really fighting me...

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Unread 07-10-2010, 07:20 AM   #23
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if i was closer id help.

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How about this, if you had the Jeep Spirit, you wouldn't abuse the rest of us trying to enjoy a nice day out wheeling by bringing your brokeass broken down junkyard crap out to play where it can't handle it?
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Unread 07-10-2010, 07:28 AM   #24
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you forgot bumpstop extensions. now you gotta do it all over again. if you pull the jounce bumper (rubber thing) out and pull the bumpstop cup off, it makes things a lot easier
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Unread 07-10-2010, 11:29 AM   #25
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These springs are really stiff and I am running 33s on a 4.5" lift, so I don't think the bumpstops will be an issue, but I could be in for a nasty surprise.
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