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Re: Lifting This Weekend. Last Minute ???
You will probably have trouble knocking out the old rubber bushings in the spring hangers...
Just use a drill and bit to pepper holes in the old rubber then use a fat punch (big bolt or something similar) to knock out the steel center sleeve and a chizel if necessary to dink out the rest of the old rubber lining out of the cylinder of the hanger.
Loosly mount the leaf springs in main frame hangers and loosly mount the plates and U bolts ... enough to engauge the centering pins ... loosly mount the rear shackles to the frame then jack the axel and leaves up and swing the shackles into the rear spring bushings.
Snug the frame main bolts, shackles and U bolts, tighten the U bolts, tighten the bushings (not too tight!) then torque down the U bolts.
Re-torque the U bolts after a bit of use.
A floor jack under the axel makes lifting it up into place to mount the rear hangers a breeze.