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Old 03-01-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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Fitting New Springs

Me again ... questions & more questions! I have aquired some Dobinsons +2" coil springs and would like to fit them tomorrow, however I have been reading the shop manual which says that I need to remove the control arms etc . Is this indeed the case and do I need any special tools - have only got a trolley jack and some axle stands???

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:15 PM   #2
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You should not have to remove control arms. I put in my 3" springs without doing it. Just disconnect the shock and track bar, lower the axle and wiggle in your new spring. I had a "large" friend stand on the rotor and the spring slid right in.

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:17 PM   #3
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nope.. get some strong and long jack stands... you have to put them underneath the frame... then get 2 jacks and use those to lift and lower the axle...(be careful with the brake lines when lowering the axle to pull the spring out and put in the new ones)

anyhow here's few pics of my install.



No need to remove the control arms unless you're replacing them like i did.







Notice i had to grind off a bit from the stock shock to get a grip on it so i can unscrew it lol


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This all sounds encouraging, will give it a go ..... If the weather lets me that is! Has anyone else used the Dobinson springs/shocks?
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Scoob you sure he wasnt pulling on the brake line while he was standing on the rotor?

I installed my lift all by my self with the tools you see on my images... my axle went down easy and went back up easy.. the brake lines limited how far it could go.

Never heard of Dobinson sorry

anyhow here is what you will do with the lift kit but instead of putting in plastic pucks over the stock springs you will replace the springs with the new ones. I'd recommend you have a spring compressor handy but thats up to you. I needed a spring compressor for the longer springs when i did my lift kit however the stock springs come right out with out it.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/REBB.html
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And just a heads up. you will also have to aline it or go get an alinement after installing the springs.
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yeah otherwise it will give you lots of toe in so it wil start to wear your tires on the outside as they will be pointing inwards and your steering will be crooked.
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i put in some 2.5" springs with 2.25" spacers on top without a spring compressor. and i only removed the sway bar end links for that. the trackbars and the CAs were still installed.
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i put in some 2.5" springs with 2.25" spacers on top without a spring compressor.

from your sig.. "SS Brake Lines"
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i installed the SS lines afer the springs/spacers. 5 minutes later
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I only disconnect the shocks and swaybar links to do my springs and spacers. Takes about 20 minutes a side. Make sure you got a torx bit set handy.
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torx bit?
what if he already has some disconnects...?
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Hi Guys
Well, the Jeep stands tall!! Springs in, shocks done and for good measure - new pads & discs. Thank you all for the advice, did not need the spring clamps, although at one stage I thought I was gonna have to use them. Regarding vibration, the truck seems to have less rather than more. Now if I can just get it running smoothly.
Cheers and thanks. Will post some pics of the mahem soon.
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torx bit?
what if he already has some disconnects...?
Torx bit to be able to loosen the brake lines from the chassis so you can get a bit more slack...


Cant wait for pics How does it ride? harsher? softer?
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Ride is stiffer, but I chose heavier duty fronts to accept a winch and winch bar as soon as I can afford it, I am prepared to accept the harsh ride until then. Cornering is better and there is no nose dive when I brake hard. BTW Dobinson are the alternative supplier to OME in Austrailia.
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