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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 07, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf spring bushings

Can someone tell me how to remove the leaf springs? I want to change out my leaf spring bushings.
I understand they need to be pressed in? A place down from me does that but I'm going to need to bring them down to them.

I'm going to have to support the axle and I was going to use jack stands for that.
What is a good stable jack stand for supporting the whole car when the wheels and springs are off?
My normal jackstands don't seem stable enough for that. I was thinking of using them for the axle.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 07, 03:44 PM
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Re: Leaf spring bushings

Mike,

I have posted here going through doing this many, many times so please do a search under my handle!!

I stress making darn sure your car is up and cribbed SAFE b/c if it isn't, it can KILL YOU if it come's down w/ you under it!!

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 07, 03:50 PM
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Re: Leaf spring bushings

You will need to support the body of the car along with the axle. Remove the springs from the front and work your way back. The is a lot of info regarding this topic. If you need front eye bushings I have a set of Prothane poly bushings that I did not use when I purchased a new set of springs. They were from a kit of bushings for a mono leaf car. Contact me if you are interested in them.
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DO THIS SAFE!!!!!!!!!

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 07, 05:04 PM
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Re: Leaf spring bushings

I did mine this winter, never took the springs outa the car or disconnected the shackles. It's kinda a pain, but doable. I used a length of all thread and a piece of the right size pipe to press the bushings out and the new ones in.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 07, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Leaf spring bushings

Thanks guys,

That's why I asked about jackstands and stuff, because I don't really trust crawling under there when its on just two jackstands.
So I thought about cinder blocks or something for supporting the body in front of the spring eye area.
I was going to set the blocks on their sides and then another on top of those, also on its side for my stability and I was going to use the old rubber spring pads between block and the body.

Then I would trust the jackstands for supporting the axle.

I will look up your old threads PDQ and find out what I unbolt and what I unbolt first.

I'd try the all-thread and pipe trick but I'm so inexperienced at this, I think I will have that shop press in the bushings for me.
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I would NOT use cinder blocks.

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DO NOT use cinder blocks ! I have personally seen them break under the load of a vehicle. use jackstands,blocks and a jack. anything solid that wont move around or break. using cement blocks can KILL YOU !
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Cement blocks crumble. Jack stands don't. Visit your local Harbour Freight store, 50% off sale through May 12.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 07, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Harbor freight?

OK no cinder blocks then.

Jackstands just seem a bit wobbly sometimes.
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Get a pair of GOOD jackstands. Make sure they are on a solid surface and you will be fine.

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Here is what you don't want to do! Keep it safe use good jackstands and don't rely on the hydraulic type for more than just lifting the car so you can get the jack stands properly placed.



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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 07, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely....
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 07, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Leaf spring bushings

Maybe I should take a step back.

How do I know if I even need to change out the bushings? Is there an indicator when they are bad?
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