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Old 11-28-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Installation of rear springs.

I've seen a lot of people talking about how their rear control arm bushings seize on them when trying to remove to install their springs. I just got done installing my springs and wanted to make sure that I was right before I posted this little help.

To remove rear springs WITHOUT removal of the bolt that gets seized.
1: place wheel chocks on front tires
2: jack rear of vehicle up
3: take rear tires off (not really needed but helps)
4: remove shock bolt
5: REMOVE SWAYBAR END LINK. This will alow the rear arm to travel. It does take some force but if you have help or have a long pry bar it will be easy.
6: pry down on lower control arm or push down on the long swing arm connected to the body going towards the front of the vehicle.

I'm not saying this is the easiest way but it is the quickest and you don't have to mess with anything that is going to seize on you. Hopefully this helps somebody out.


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Old 11-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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I did this a few weeks ago, but with one minor adjustment.
I was going from lowering spring back to stock, so the short lowering springs came out easy.

-to get the tall stock spring in, i used my strut spring compressors that i already had, then I used 2 rachet straps (1000lb rating each) to hold the spring compressed while i removed the spring compressor.
-then pry down the lower control arm and put hte spring in.
-Using a floor jack to raise the control arm and compress the spring, i could then safely remove the rachet straps.

NOTE: i do not recomend using the rachet straps to physically do the compressing. I was only using it to hold the springs. And please ensure if you try this you use high capacity straps. (i figured each spring load rating is about 750lbs, to I tripled it to 2000lbs.)
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