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Old 02-19-2005, 02:42 AM   #1
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add a leaf install question

i'm trying to raise the rear end up an inch or so to compensate for the new coilovers i put on the front. I have an AAL kit and it tells me that i have to take the spring pack off and c clamp everything together to put the new leaf on. There's got to be an easier way. I'm afraid that if i take the leafs off, i'm gonna trash the old bushings in the process and have to go out and get new ones, and if i do that, i'll end up buying new shackles, and so on...because I CANT CONTROL MYSELF. Anyone know a shortcut. Like clamping the old springs together and loosening the u bolts enough to slide the new leaf in place.
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Old 02-20-2005, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: add a leaf install question

There are no short cuts, you have to remove the spring. Your idea of loosening the U bolts and sliding the added leaf in will not work. You should not ruin the bushings or shackles by removing the spring. If you don't have access to a floor jack, several jack stands and a heavy duty vise you may want to consider letting a spring shop do the work. Whatever you do be careful. I assume the information you received with the AAL tells you how to remove the spring pack, add the leaf and replace the spring pack. Once the leaf is added the spring pack will be shorter from eye to eye and it may be necessary to spread the spring to get it bolted back in. You can do the spreading with some blocks of wood or a crow bar and a jack. Good luck.

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