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post #1 of 22 Old 03-15-2007, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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One person spring removal/install

Looking for tips. I will be removing my 4 inch OME springs, and switching them to opposite sides for reinstall (don't ask lol). When I originally installed them I had a buddy help me. It was a two man job wedging those things over the lower spring perch, even with the opposite side of the axle jacked up all the way. I will have to do this by myself this time, and really don't want to have to use spring compressors. I was thinking about using the factory bottle jack between the lower shock mount and the frame to give more clearance. Thoughts?


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post #2 of 22 Old 03-15-2007, 08:24 AM
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Just did a 4" lift installation for a friend last weekend with no real problems with the springs. Just remember to unbolt the shocks, antiswaybar links, and the TRACKBAR.

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A good prybar sometimes works to coax the spring into position if they are still being stubborn.

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A good prybar sometimes works to coax the spring into position if they are still being stubborn.
Absolutely and a very good suggestion, I forgot to mention that my prybar got a good workout last weekend doing just that.

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A good prybar sometimes works to coax the spring into position if they are still being stubborn.
When my buddy and I installed the springs, I was working a loooong prybar while he pushed on the spring. With the both of us, it was still a PIA getting them on there. I'm just trying to see how I can get that spring perch about 1 inch lower than I was able to get it before.

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It helps to remove the bumpstops and install them after you put the springs on. I found it to be much easier that way. If you take off the bucket that holds the actual bump stop, make sure it is inside the spring before securing the spring in place, the bumpstops can be wedged through the spring, but I doubt the buckets can.
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It helps to remove the bumpstops and install them after you put the springs on. I found it to be much easier that way. If you take off the bucket that holds the actual bump stop, make sure it is inside the spring before securing the spring in place, the bumpstops can be wedged through the spring, but I doubt the buckets can.
Hmmm, I didn't think of that. One of those "why didn't I think of that" moments Thanks.

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I don't condone this practice but, I have used 2 ratchet straps to compress the springs. Works great, just a little scary to release them.

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You can also use a bottle jack between the frame and axle to help push the axle down a little further.
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You can also use a bottle jack between the frame and axle to help push the axle down a little further.
or stand on it like i did
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or stand on it like i did
And insert the spring while you're standing on the axle?

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And insert the spring while you're standing on the axle?
i stood on the knuckle and slid spring in, but i did have spring compressors
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... but i did have spring compressors
Oh well there you go, that's about the only way I can see that happening then.

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Oh well there you go, that's about the only way I can see that happening then.
you always want all the details, could be done with 2" springs as well
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thgats how i got mine in, a little "leg" work, know what im sayin..

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