Read the article in the "Topic of the Month" section. I will print it and take it along with me. Just wondering if anyone had any other thoughts?
I don't have a drop pitman arm. Do I need to order one ASAP, or can I wait a few days and drive short distances with the existing one?
Any other little tricks other than the "pre-loading" bouncing the truck after the springs are on?
I have a Hayes/Chiltons manual. I'm not the best mechanic. I will be doing it in an Auto Hobby Shop on base with a friend, so I have access to a lot of tools.
I just did a shackle and coil lift on my wife's 89 XJ that took me almost two days...
All done... The front was very easy. All the bolts came off with an impact wrench, where it fit. My friend and I started the front around 10am. And finished around noon.
The back passenger side took about 3 hours itself. During which we figured out we had to grind down the rear most bushing (?) on the leaf spring as it was too wide for the shackle. After that it went quick. The longest part was taking the ubolt nuts off as they had seized and wouldn't come off with a normal impact gun. We had to muscle them with a 12" breaker bar.
The driver's side took less then 45 minutes. The Auto Hobby Shop closes at 4:30 and we had to bust tail! But even with taking off the gas tank skidplate, it went very fast. We didn't take the nuts off the rear ubolts (they were seized), we cut them off with a grinder because we didn't have enough time.
Actually we're not really done. I have to put the rear shocks on. We did run out of time at the shop... Will have to do that in the morning in the parking lot. I'll go in again on Wednesday night and tighten everything down.