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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 11, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Removing Rear Leafs

So I decided to remove the rear leafs.

-I jacked up the car via the rear differential
-Placed a jackstand directly infront of the front of each spring.
-Removed both wheels
-Loosened rear leaf nuts but didnt remove them all the way.
-Loosened the 4 nuts that held in the middle of the leaf and let them fall. I also supported the axel with a spare jack stand.
-I then when to the front and unbolted all 3 bolts that hold in the front of the leaf.
-Went back to the rear to pull out the last two bolts. The very top bolt had the bolt head on the gas cap side which meant the only way was to saw it off with my sawzall.
Decided to clean up these before putting them back on the car. They had 40 years of built up crap, but was able to use my grinder with wire brush attachment.
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Thanks for the pictures of progress.
Consider yourself very lucky the OE nut clips held in place.

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Thanks for the pictures of progress.
Consider yourself very lucky the OE nut clips held in place.
Yes they did so with that said should I remove the old ones and replace them with the new ones supplied in the kit? Also is there supposed to be this much play in rear bracket that holds the leaf in? I just seems like the stop nuts make it so you cant all the way tighten it snug.....Maybe its supposed to be like this....
See this look like theres too much play? The bolt is all the way at the stop....

Just some more pictures after I painted them black....

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Re: Removing Rear Leafs

Those are not stock shackles or bolts that's why you have the play.

If you want to use what you have, you'll need to shim the space with some washers or appropriate sized discs between the bushing and shackle plate.

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Those are not stock shackles or bolts that's why you have the play.

If you want to use what you have, you'll need to shim the space with some washers or appropriate sized discs between the bushing and shackle plate.
I actually went up to lowes and the guy said those are like the lock washer(whatever they are called) the plastic inside the bolt will eventually do the same think
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Re: Removing Rear Leafs

Does anyone know why my shock kit comes with this metal sleeve?(2nd from the left) I havent found an old one on the old. I have the blue bilsteins from hotchkis.


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Yes, the nuts are called Nyloc locknuts.
Final tightening while on the ground with all the wheels and bounce the bumper several times.

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The metal sleeve inserts into the bottom mount on the shock. It replaces the big bolt in the bottom shock mount. You have a dual shear mount which sandwiches the bottom shock mount. The big bolt is for a single shear mount. Remove it and insert the metal sleeve into the shock and insert a bolt through the dual shear mount and sleeve to mount the bottom of the shock. I just learned all of this after speaking to Hotchkis.. I was scratching my head about this sleeve also.
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Re: Removing Rear Leafs

A quick question....I had mono leafs and the ebrake line ran under it. Some how I reinstalled the leaf keeping the line above it. After looking at the other side which is still stock, I confirm that it was ran below. Will this make a huge difference... Just getting the front pocket of the leaf put back in was a PITA...so I dont want to undo it if I dont have to, but if its something thats going to really be a bother then Ill change it.
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A quick question....I had mono leafs and the ebrake line ran under it. Some how I reinstalled the leaf keeping the line above it. After looking at the other side which is still stock, I confirm that it was ran below. Will this make a huge difference... Just getting the front pocket of the leaf put back in was a PITA...so I dont want to undo it if I dont have to, but if its something thats going to really be a bother then Ill change it.
I have no idea if it will make a difference. But the e-brake line is pretty easy to detach and move back under the leaf.

You need to release the tension on the equalizer up front (yellow arrow), detach the intermediate and rear cables from the connector (red arrow), pop the retaining clip off the rear cable and then push the rear cable back through the bracket (blue arrow). Then you can just move the cable back under the leaf spring. That probably sounds complex, but it could be done in 10 minutes or less.



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I have no idea if it will make a difference. But the e-brake line is pretty easy to detach and move back under the leaf.

You need to release the tension on the equalizer up front (yellow arrow), detach the intermediate and rear cables from the connector (red arrow), pop the retaining clip off the rear cable and then push the rear cable back through the bracket (blue arrow). Then you can just move the cable back under the leaf spring. That probably sounds complex, but it could be done in 10 minutes or less.

Thants, Man the underside of your car is clean...Mine is just dirty as hell, but was just redone about 2 years ago....
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Thants, Man the underside of your car is clean...Mine is just dirty as hell, but was just redone about 2 years ago....
LOL, that's not my car. I stole the pic from someone on this site when I was doing my parking brake install, I just added the arrows. Mine's getting there, but not this clean yet.

If I recall, the original picture was supposed to be a pic of his new exhaust setup, but it was the best pic of an e-brake setup that I had seen.


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The metal sleeve inserts into the bottom mount on the shock. It replaces the big bolt in the bottom shock mount. You have a dual shear mount which sandwiches the bottom shock mount. The big bolt is for a single shear mount. Remove it and insert the metal sleeve into the shock and insert a bolt through the dual shear mount and sleeve to mount the bottom of the shock. I just learned all of this after speaking to Hotchkis.. I was scratching my head about this sleeve also.
Ok so does it just pop out with a hammer or how did you get it out? Sorry just dont want to mess up my shock...Did you leave that rubber bushing in there.
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Leave the bushing in the shock and use a hammer and punch to punch out the anchor bolt, then use dishwater soap as a lube, and insert the sleeve into the bushing.

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Yep.. what Everette said.
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