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Chris.S.
09-05-2008, 02:18 PM
Ordered them from Ebay almost a month ago and they finally got here yesterday so I'll be putting them in this weekend. I'm just wondering if anyone who's thrown these on before has any tips that might help to save me some knuckle skin?

I've been soaking the bolts with liquid wrench penetrating oil since early this morning and I'll spray em a couple more times (tonight, tomorrow mornin)...

I'm sure there won't be as long as I do it the right way but, there isn't tension on the leafs that'll make em explode when I pull the eye bolts is there?

I don't have an impact, but I shuld be ok with a ratchet/breaker bar and torque wrench right?

I'm not worried or unsure about the install I've been wrenching my own junk long enough, but I've never done anything "springy" before (except changing a set of macpherson struts but that experience doesn't really apply here...)

:dontknow: :D :confused0006:

Foes
09-05-2008, 04:48 PM
i changed the leafs in my ford, it was a 95, and the bolts for the shackles were seized on there real bad, torch didnt loosen it, so i ended up with a long punch and a big sledge hammer to knock em out. undo the u bolts, put the frame on jackstands, there wont be any weight on the spings then

Chris.S.
09-05-2008, 04:52 PM
Think I'd be ok to put the frame on stands and raise/lower the whole axle with a jack under the diff?

Arnee
09-05-2008, 04:56 PM
Think I'd be ok to put the frame on stands and raise/lower the whole axle with a jack under the diff?

yep you'll be good.

Little Samurai
09-05-2008, 05:02 PM
Yes you would be fine to put the frame on stands and raise/lower the axle by putting a jack under the diff. Just make sure that you are only using that jack under the diff to adjust height not lift the vehicle. Also if you can put a peice of wood or something rubber (semi trailer mud flap) between the jack and the diff it is a good idea to keep from the metal on metal contact. Shouldn't take much more than a half an hour per side. Enjoy!!!

B
09-05-2008, 05:26 PM
block the front tires !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and the rear shocks will keep it from dropping to much

B ...

nbrowser
09-05-2008, 06:16 PM
Soeaking of rear shocks....we "tried" to install a set of lift shackles into a YJ at work a while back....the stock shocks wouldn't let the axle drop to even get the shackles in...you might need slightly longer shocks.....

C.W.
09-05-2008, 11:52 PM
My shackle bolts are seized in the bushings to the point where i haven't been able to get them out yet. Tried a big hammer and ended up with a bent bolt still seized in.

dirka dave
09-06-2008, 12:38 AM
Use a gas axe....

HEAVY METAL
09-06-2008, 07:15 AM
torch yo...burn em out

HEAVY METAL
09-06-2008, 07:18 AM
block the front tires !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and the rear shocks will keep it from dropping to much

B ...


funny story when i was a youg guy livin with a sloped driveway too the road. jacked up the rear of my blazer with pout blockin the front wheels. wnet into the gargae heard a wierd noise looked outside too see my truck starting too roll away on the jack.. ran over and released the handle.. little hard on the parking pin but stopped my truck from crossing the road..:o


so yeah always walways always chock ur wheels

Chris.S.
09-06-2008, 10:23 AM
Thanks all, tackling this one in couple hours here as soon as I chow some fud......

Will report back with results/pics (if anyone cares to see)...

C.W.
09-06-2008, 10:55 AM
Thanks all, tackling this one in couple hours here as soon as I chow some fud......

Will report back with results/pics (if anyone cares to see)...
Pics are always good.

HEAVY METAL
09-06-2008, 07:11 PM
fukin eh i like pics...

Chris.S.
09-08-2008, 03:33 PM
Got er all wrapped up. Took about 1 1/2-2 hrs or so and I gained a little more than 2" in the back end. Now that I've brought both my back and front ends up the same amount though I've got the factory rake back so I think I might drop the shackles to a 1" lift to fix that. Dunno, gonna drive it for a bit first so we'll see....

Anyways, thanks for the tips. Everything went just the way it was supposed to-bolts came out nice and easy, new pieces fit right in, and I didn't even have any nuts or bolts leftover when I was done!

Not very good lighting when I snapped these pics so you can't see too much detail. One of these days I'll grab some better shots.



http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/52/117/531386639/n531386639_1216134_5178.jpg

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/52/117/531386639/n531386639_1216133_4794.jpg

http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/52/117/531386639/n531386639_1216135_5550.jpg


http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1216134&id=531386639

MikeWild
09-08-2008, 09:06 PM
no nuts or bolts left over??? I think ya did something wrong, there's supposed to be a few of each left over! :D


Looks good[cheers]

Chody
09-16-2008, 08:34 PM
sick ... lookin to do the same to mine... still got the page saved for the shackles?

Chris.S.
09-17-2008, 06:22 AM
sick ... lookin to do the same to mine... still got the page saved for the shackles?


Sure do -> http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=370036602628

But I wouldn't recommend getting them from ebay. I ended paying about $65-$70 for them after adding shipping tax and then customs fees (that was a suprise when the UPS guy showed up looking for another $22) on top of it. Apparently there's a place in the LM that has them for about $40. I think it's called Mopac? I'll see if I can find more info for ya later..

sj-x 500
09-17-2008, 02:44 PM
lookin good. time to trash it :D

bakelite
09-17-2008, 03:09 PM
Don't order stuff unless they will send it USPS, takes a little longer but you avoid the stoopid UPS brokerage fees. UPS might be awesome in the states but it sucks up here. Nice lookin truck. [cheers]

Foes
09-17-2008, 03:18 PM
http://www.mopacautosupply.com/productlist.htm

this may help