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how do i remove the bottom leaf spring for a lower look
i just recently put 22in wheels on my truck and i hate the way it sits so she needs to sit lowwwww im gonna order my 2inch drop shackles this week but i also want to remove the emergency leaf spring. i understand both of these combined almost level the truck? how do i remove this spring? what will i need? and how hard will it be?
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Just undo the u bolts all the way the you have to jack the frame while the axle is on jack stands. You can't just slide the leaf out because there is a pin in the middle. Do one side at a time. Oh and when you jack up the frame, put the jack under the leafs springs that you want to still be on the truck. If you put the jack under the frame itself, the leafs while bow down and you'll need a bigger jack. Hard to explain but you get it when you start working.
directions to change drop shackles....
with your truck elevated on jack stands, place hydraulic jack under the rear axle and raise it until the weight is removed from the leaf spring. loosen and remove shackle bolts, and remove the stock shackle. install your new lowering shackle, tighten bolts, donot over tighten(this will cause squeaks and binding) remove the jack and jack stands your. ready to go!!!
and while you have the leafs loose just undo all the axle bolts(4) and drop the axle down(or lift truck up) and disassemble leaf pack, one bolt. and then remove the bottom spring it has a pin in it also, i used a flat bar and pried it off. reassemble the leafs with the bolt and put axle back together with 4 u-bolts and tighten everything down then attach drop shackles to truck and remove all jacks and stands....
i would it makes it so much easier, and also do one side at a time just incase you need to look how it went back together....also on the axle when your putting it back together make sure the bolt pin that holds the leafs together is in its resessed hole in the spring perch....good luck