So yesterday the sun came out. it was mid 70s and awesome. im waiting to get my front axle back, so i decided id go ahead and swap my springs so i can put it directly back in when i get it back. im swapping my front springs to the rear b/c theyre a little stiffer and then am putting some franken-springs in the front. im hoping the stiffer springs will help with any potential axle wrap.
anyway, i figured id swap them out real quick and then fix the broken ceiling fan that my wife is on my ass about. i have the front spring out in all of about 3 minutes and go to work on the rear. its out in 5 minutes also.
this is where it gets interesting, because....apparently....my brain was on vacation. i put the "new" spring in and kind of have to cram it to get it in the front spring hanger. i start putting in the bolt but it is just absolutely giving me hell. i try greasing it, pounding on it, whatever. it moves but just wont go easily. it gets about 2/3 in and i go to wailing on it with the BFH. all logic and thoughts have been abandoned. i'm cussing, yelling at the jeep directly, neighborhood kids are gathering outside wondering whats going on. next thing i know, i have a circle of gasoline surrounding the jeep and and im dancing around it in a loin cloth, about to strike a match. suddenly, all goes silent. the gasoline doesnt smell, the phone stops ringing, all is silent and God spoke to me. He said, "get out a caliper and measure everything, dumbass."
so..........it was upon whipping out the caliper that i realize that not only is one end of the spring slightly wider than the other, but the eyelet on one end is smaller than the other. it was then that i remembered that from before when i swapped springs.
after an hour of lying in the fetal position, sobbing and crying, i went inside and ate dinner, too disheartened to begin removing the abused bolt.
i guess im gonna have to rent a puller to try and get the bastard back out.
remember these words and your time with me will not be ill-spent "YJ springs are narrower on one eye than the other, and the bushings are different sizes also."