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Old 08-28-2009, 09:37 PM
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Ok. Today I just replaced my drivers side leaf spring hanger/shackle as the shackle had rusted in half, leaving the leaf spring resting on the bottom of the bed. My question is, why does no one ever mention how the hell you're supposed to move the spring down from where it's at into the shackle? I tried undoing the bolt from the front shackle and it didnt help, and made for more problems later. We had to use blocks of wood and a pry bar. I need to know the proper way to do these. I used a grinder on the rivets for the hanger if anyone wants to know
 
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:55 PM
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My question is, why does no one ever mention how the hell you're supposed to move the spring down from where it's at into the shackle?

Umm....jack up the truck?
 
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:37 PM
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yeah i didnt undo the u bolts or the front shackle though. is it the shocks id have to remove to get the frame to jack up without lifting the axle every crank of the way?
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:40 AM
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You shouldn`t have to remove the spring bolt and definately not the U-bolts. The shock should not hold the axle up either. With a jack on the frame the frame should move up clear of the axle.
One thing you could do is place a sissors type jack between the axle and frame at the side you are working on and lift the frame clear of the axle that way.
Good luck with the next one.
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:14 AM
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When i had to do a rear hanger i un did both shocks and with some pry bar help slid in fairly easy
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:19 PM
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ive already replaced both. thing was, we'd jack the frame up, but the leaf spring would just keep getting higher no matter how high we jacked the frame. the spring bolt also needed to be undone to get the new shackle on, seeing as the old shackle broke in half. i'm guessing the shocks bring undone would allow the spring to be more easily wrestled in. the scissor jack between axle and frame sounds good, shoulda thought of that. the original question though was how can i jack the frame up and not have the leaf spring come with it. the answer is either A. disconnect the shocks and leave the ubolts and front spring bolt in or B. take off the ubolts. thanks guys
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:26 PM
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:22 PM
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well, we left shocks connected and pryed the *******s in. sucked, but at least it's done now
 
 


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