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 Subject:     Re: Velvet Ride
Date:          Tue, 23 Mar 1999 13:03:36 EST
From:         WLKNHOSS1@aol.com
To:             turbodiesel

> I crawled under the truck  the first day and made a brief attempt at
> getting the fore-most spring bolt loose, and saw that I'd need vice
> grips on the end

You are starting on the wrong end.  The front bolt doesn't have to come off. Just the rear two.  Both rear bolts are allen type bolts with hex tips and can be held from the outside with a wrench or with an allen on the inside.  The top one can be extracted by jacking the axle up so the spring eye is above the frame after removing the lower bolt.

> Need to know if I will have to cut top shackle bolt to get it off to install velvet ride?

 After you get the lower bolt out, raise the axle which will raise the aft end of the spring above the frame; the bolt will slide out between the frame and the bed. The end of the bolt has a hex end to get hold of or you can raise it up and use the allen (like on the lower) to hold the bolt while you turn off the nut.
 
> How did jacking up the axle move the top bolt to a position to
> get it out.  If you have time, could  you detail the procedure.

When the lower bolt is out, and you jack on the axle, the spring will go up. When it is above the frame, you can get an allen into the hole and when the nut is off, the bolt will come out.  I also should have said, but was understood, the truck has to be on frame jacks or the whole thing is N/A. I've never tried lowering the axle, but you would need a lot of clearance and probably have to remove both shackles at the same time and the shocks to get it to come down that far.  My way is simple and it works for me.

Rick

Subject:      Re: Velvet Ride
Date:          Tue, 23 Mar 1999 13:59:36 -0600
From:         "Robert Glover" <rob@f-body.org>
To:             "TDR" <turbodiesel>

> You are starting on the wrong end.  The front bolt doesn't have to come off.

You're right that I was starting on the wrong end, I discovered that today looking at it.

At any rate, I set out to put them on, and managed to do so in about an hour.  On my '96, I needed a 24mm wrench, Vice Grips, two 9/16 wrenches, some Loc-Tite, a hammer, and a 3/8" short extension (for tapping the lower bolt out of the stock shackles).

Yes, I used Vice Grips on the end of the bolts.  Why?  The heads were Torx, and they were on so tight that I KNEW the torx heads would strip.  I've been there before many times.  The ends of the bolts weren't threaded, so Vice Grips weren't going to hurt, and I only needed them tight enough to keep the bolt from rotating as I was loosening the nut.

Now that they're on, I must say, NICE improvement.  I felt it right away going over the speedbumps in my apartment complex.  No more BAM even going slowly.  It just goes over with no real fuss.  The whole thing rides tons better.

Rob
 
Subject:     Re: Velvet Ride
Date:         Wed, 24 Mar 1999 16:26:30 -0600
From:        "Robert Glover" <rob@f-body.org>
To:            turbodiesel

> I'm planning on adding these to my 2500 as well.  I was curious how you got
> to the upper rear bolt.  Did you jack up the frame so the axle dropped down
> farther?  How did jacking up the axle move the top bolt to a position to
> get it out.  If you have time, could  you detail the procedure.

What I did was jack the frame up and put a jackstand under it... didn't get it high enough to lift the rear while , but didn't need to.  It went up a good 5".  Then I removed the lower bolt by tapping it out with a hammer.

Then I put the jack under the differential and jacked it up to lift the spring/perch up enough to slide the bolt out over the top of the frame.

Rob


 
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