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Stock leaf springs grief
« on: December 11, 2018, 07:10:40 AM »

I have after-market shackles on my 88 and ordered some energy suspension replacement bushing kits to replace the old deteriorated ones all around. Both the front and rear shackle ends of the springs were easily replaced however the frame mount ends of the leaf springs are giving me grief. The front spring frame mounts I'm unable to even get the bolts free. They'll spin but won't come out of the mounts even after using a mallet and trying to pound them out. The rear springs I got free from the frame mounts but found that they have an eyelet and bushing combo thingy. I tried using a socket with a slightly smaller diameter to pound them out but got nowhere. I'd really like to get those bushings swapped out to the new ones but am hitting a wall here.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 08:32:05 AM »

The stock bushings have a steel sleeve and the bolt is usually rusted to it. Easiest way to get them out is to cut the bolt.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 08:07:04 AM »

Thanks, this may be the way to go on the front springs. For the rear springs though, the bolt is easily removed but in the spring eyelet the bushing and sleeve don't budge. Certainly someone has some hands on experience with this.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 03:08:58 PM »

Those have to be pressed out
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 06:24:46 PM »

If you don't have a press, I have put the torch to them... outside, let them catch on fire and then they fall out. I actually do this with most bushings that don't fall out because its easy. The last time I replaced the rear sub frame on my Subaru I replaced all the bushings and when it was all out on the ground I drank beer and watched flaming bushing fall out one a time. mildly entertaining.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 09:01:22 PM »

Press out (work)
Fire and Beer (fun)

What could go wrong? Lol
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 09:41:23 PM »

I cut mine out with cut off wheel.  The press sounds like a better plan
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2018, 05:15:15 AM »

Thanks everyone for the comments, suggestions and amazing support! I don't have a press so it's looking like it may be fire & beer time.  2up
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2018, 07:07:18 AM »

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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2018, 07:15:37 PM »

Ball joint press works OK for stuff like this too. just have to get creative. I have a cheap ball joint press that I have not broken yet, its passed my tests. I think I paid around $100 for it. I use it for a lot of things. My theory with this type of tool is to buy the harbor freight tool first and save a pile of money... use it, if it breaks then I buy the real thing. So far this is one of the cheap tools still hanging in there.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2018, 05:46:27 AM »

Thanks Shawn! That just might be the ticket. I've probably got a harbor freight bearing press in my purchase future too as I'm going to rebuild my xfer case.
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Re: Stock leaf springs grief
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2018, 04:37:27 AM »

Ball joint press works OK for stuff like this too. just have to get creative. I have a cheap ball joint press that I have not broken yet, its passed my tests. I think I paid around $100 for it. I use it for a lot of things. My theory with this type of tool is to buy the harbor freight tool first and save a pile of money... use it, if it breaks then I buy the real thing. So far this is one of the cheap tools still hanging in there.

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If it can be purchased with a warranty -buy the warranty and plan on replacing what you got with the warranty- and buy another warranty. I have purchased five air compressors at a cost of about $175 in warranty programs. I am just about ready to purchase my sixth before the end of the year.
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