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Almost lost my spring! What now?

I just noticed by shear luck that my drivers side rear spring is sitting precariously half off the lower bucket. How do I get it back in place without killing myself. Can I use my highlift jack to lift the jeep up as high as possible and pull it back in line with some rope or something?


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Lift up your Jeep,let the axle droop and smack the spring with a hammer or pry it back in place.It should go in place very easily.

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Lift up your Jeep,let the axle droop and smack the spring with a hammer or pry it back in place.It should go in place very easily.
Ya beat me to the post lol. That's exactly what I did.



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Lift up your Jeep,let the axle droop and smack the spring with a hammer or pry it back in place.It should go in place very easily.
Thanks for the tip though

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Ya beat me to the post lol. That's exactly what I did.

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WTF? WRONG!!! support the axle with the wheel off, unbolt the shock at the bottom and then LIFT the body carefully, (watch the break line) you shold be able to push the spring back in place with minimal force. But NEVER STRIKE a SPRING. They are HARDENED and CAN CRACK, start a hairline crack in one and you can have that beast fail on you when you least want it to, and end up rolling over... and not just a simple flop either. With as much pressure off it as you can get you may be able to simply pry it over, if you can just push it, its time to look at new springs, Also check those shocks, they are supposed to act to limit downward axel movement, if you have the wrong ones in place (too long) this can happen again, I dont believe in bolting coil springs to the lower perch but some people have done this... On my lift the rear springs got a touch rattly, I was told to use a pair of cable clamps on both sides... drill the perch accordingly,,, As I said, I dont buy into it. I just cut a ciuple pieces of black garden hose and slipped it over the bottom coil and it went silent... BUT you do have an issue you need to check,,, start with the shocks.
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currie bumpstops w/ built in spring retainers (sold at savvy offroad) will stop that from happening again.

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WTF? WRONG!!! support the axle with the wheel off, unbolt the shock at the bottom and then LIFT the body carefully, (watch the break line) you shold be able to push the spring back in place with minimal force. But NEVER STRIKE a SPRING. They are HARDENED and CAN CRACK, start a hairline crack in one and you can have that beast fail on you when you least want it to, and end up rolling over... and not just a simple flop either.

Funny,but very stupid.

p.s. Jeeps don't have break lines.

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WTF? WRONG!!! support the axle with the wheel off, unbolt the shock at the bottom and then LIFT the body carefully, (watch the break line) you shold be able to push the spring back in place with minimal force. But NEVER STRIKE a SPRING. They are HARDENED and CAN CRACK, start a hairline crack in one and you can have that beast fail on you when you least want it to, and end up rolling over... and not just a simple flop either. With as much pressure off it as you can get you may be able to simply pry it over, if you can just push it, its time to look at new springs, Also check those shocks, they are supposed to act to limit downward axel movement, if you have the wrong ones in place (too long) this can happen again, I dont believe in bolting coil springs to the lower perch but some people have done this... On my lift the rear springs got a touch rattly, I was told to use a pair of cable clamps on both sides... drill the perch accordingly,,, As I said, I dont buy into it. I just cut a ciuple pieces of black garden hose and slipped it over the bottom coil and it went silent... BUT you do have an issue you need to check,,, start with the shocks.
This is essentially what I did.
1) I disconnected the front sway bar,
2) High lifted the jeep at the rear DS bumper.
3) Took the wheel off.
4) bottle jacked the brake drum up an inch or so.
5) Unbolted the shock absorber.
6) Eased the jack down.

Then I (tapped) the coil spring back with a (rubber) mallet. It didn't take much at all. I might have even been able to rip it back on by hand if I had a good leverage point.

As far as the shocks, They actually are the correct length. The spring didn't pop out on its own. My buddy and I installed an adjustable rear track bar yesterday. I think what happened is that we got distracted by a tailpipe clearance issue on the passenger side and didn't notice that the spring was not seated properly when we put everything back together. The beers didn't help either I guess. Stupid mistake on my part. I should have checked everything over when we were done. I've actually ordered the Currie spring retaining bumpstops for when I outboard my shocks.

Thanks for the info. I didn't realize you weren't suppose to hit the springs with a hammer. I uses the rubber mallet because it was within reach.

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Then I (tapped) the coil spring back with a (rubber) mallet. It didn't take much at all. I might have even been able to rip it back on by hand if I had a good leverage point.
According to nectoxicdragon, your Jeep will now fall apart.I'm sure nobody has ever hit their springs on a rock,EVER.

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According to nectoxicdragon, your Jeep will now fall apart.I'm sure nobody has ever hit their springs on a rock,EVER.
Springs are hardened, but what do they do to good ones afterwards? I'll give you a hint, it involves hitting them with steel and a lot of force.

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Your garage has a parquet floor?
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Your garage has a parquet floor?
LOL! And a giant chandelier over the wet bar. Na. Those are just crappy old glue down linoleum floor tiles.

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I keep waiting for someone to tell dragon boy that shocks aren't supposed to serve as travel limiters, either.
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I keep waiting for someone to tell dragon boy that shocks aren't supposed to serve as travel limiters, either.
I think he cancelled his JF membership and joined Wrangler forum by now.

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