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Old 05-12-2005, 09:05 PM
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unloading leaf spring for shackle bushings

hello im trying to unload my rear leaf springs. my rear shackle bushings are shot and am replacing them with polys. but how do i keep the thing from crashing down? can i hold the spring and shackle in place with a jack at the pumpkin? or do i have to put it on the spring in the rear by the shackle mount? does the vehicle have to be off the ground?

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Just jack up the vehicle till the weight is off the spring and you should be good to go
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Jack up car until wheels are off the ground. Set frame on jackstands. Place trolley jack under the pumpkin.
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its pretty messed up. i got the spring unloaded. the nuts and plate off the shackle, but the bushings are not gonna come out. theyre all just cracking apart. the stud side wont release. so the leaf stayes connected. any trricks?
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Hot wrench... Torch 'em out.
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will a propane or map torch work?
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The propane torch is not going to be hot enough. You can try to burn the bushing out by lighting the rubber on fire. Not sure if your bushings ares leeved or not, if so then the sleeve can be driven out with a big hammer and punch combo. Try to find a frind with a torch, will work much better.
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