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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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New springs/shackles: Install/tightening order?

Okay, I'm ready to start putting suspension back on the frame. I got the new shackles (1/2" longer) and new springs (BDS).

In what order would you install and then tighten down all the bolts?

Springs and shackles first, lower, THEN tighten?

Shackles first? Tighten lowered or on the stands?

Axles and U-bolts, last?

HELP!!!!!!!!

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Re: New springs/shackles: Install/tightening order?

Easiest ... for spring under ...
Jack stand the axels high in wells first.
Loosly bolt on the springs to the main spring eyes on the frame.
Then loosly bolt on the tops of shackles to frame.
Raise the other end of the springs and swing the shackles into the spring holes.
Then lower the axels onto the spring's pins.
Tighten both ends of the springs and install the axel's U bolts last.
Then re-tighten the U bolts after you've gone off and bounced them around real good. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: New springs/shackles: Install/tightening order?

Jaff knows his stuff, and he gave great advise. When I did this I used a helpfull little trick. While I was trying to line up the last bolt (the hardest one because the spring isn't all that light and it is hard to move it just a little bit and try to insert a bolt at the same time. I was wearing my work boots when I did this, I put a block of wood down on the shop floor, put my heel on that and rested the spring on my toe. That way as I moved my ankel the spring would move up and down, easy to control. That left both my hands to get the bolt in. One to hold the bolt, the other to swing the BFH. (the block of wood was there because my foot wasn't quite long enought to lift the spring as high as I needed it.)
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Re: New springs/shackles: Install/tightening order?

Thanks fellas! Super tips!!

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