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Old 09-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Spring install: Do you prefer one corner at a time?

For anyone who has done spring installs doing both the full axle at a time method and the one corner at a time method, which do you prefer?

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Old 09-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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well unless you have two people most can only do one at a time as it takes both hands to install a spring. use 4 jackstands undo both lower shocks and sway bar links undo brake line brackets, axle breather tubes and drop axle pull springs put new ones in. I have done it 4X's in the last couple months. takes a couple of hours if you take your time.

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I guess what I want to know is.. Is there more axle droop when doing both sides at once? I guess I'm paranoid that the comfy noobie method of doing one corner at a time might not give enough droop to install taller springs.

I don't know.
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I've always dropped the whole axle and found it easier. Set the stands under the frame, unhook all the brake line and ABS wire retainers, unbolt and drop. You can then put the springs in fairly easy.
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I see what you're saying but you would need a lot more height to drop the whole axle down. Easier to pivot the axle, one side up the other down. Just like flexing off road.

The rear is super easy. The coils are shorter and it doesn't take much droop to get the stock coils out. They pretty much fall out.
Front is a little more difficult because of the bump stops.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #6
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I cant imagine being able to do 1 corner at a time
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I see what you're saying but you would need a lot more height to drop the whole axle down. Easier to pivot the axle, one side up the other down. Just like flexing off road. The rear is super easy. The coils are shorter and it doesn't take much droop to get the stock coils out. They pretty much fall out. Front is a little more difficult because of the bump stops.
I have a set of tall stands and jack, so it's pretty easy. I have changed all 4 springs in mine in just over an hour by myself before.
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I have done it both ways and it is equally simple. The simplest tho is to use a spring compressor. Most people will say it is dangerous and taboo but it makes it incredibly easy and if you have a decent compressor it is safe.
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I have done it both ways and it is equally simple. The simplest tho is to use a spring compressor. Most people will say it is dangerous and taboo but it makes it incredibly easy and if you have a decent compressor it is safe.
I have the clamshell OTC compressor. But the axle still needs to drop because the compressor cant compress the springs that far. Are you saying you dropped the axle then used compressors so there was no struggling?
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I have done it both ways and it is equally simple. The simplest tho is to use a spring compressor. Most people will say it is dangerous and taboo but it makes it incredibly easy and if you have a decent compressor it is safe.
Pain In the a**. Either that or I don't know how to use them

Clamshell is way to big. I believe they are for struts outside the vehicle.
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I do it by my self, one corner at a time
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I have a set of tall stands and jack, so it's pretty easy. I have changed all 4 springs in mine in just over an hour by myself before.
That's about right. I guess I need to jack the jeep up higher.
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That's about right. I guess I need to jack the jeep up higher.
I have the 6 ton jack stands, because of their height and my jack goes up to about 21". That's usually enough to get plenty of working room under there. Also, if you can't get the axle to droop enough, you can jack up the opposite side of the axle, which will drop the side you're working on a bit more and give you enough room. I've installed a gazillion lifts without spring compressors and not had any problems. If you're doing anything more than a leveling kit, the key to the front is to pull the trackbar, it will give you more flex.
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I have the 6 ton jack stands, because of their height and my jack goes up to about 21". That's usually enough to get plenty of working room under there. Also, if you can't get the axle to droop enough, you can jack up the opposite side of the axle, which will drop the side you're working on a bit more and give you enough room. I've installed a gazillion lifts without spring compressors and not had any problems. If you're doing anything more than a leveling kit, the key to the front is to pull the trackbar, it will give you more flex.
X2 on the track bar.
Assuming you have all 4 corners up on stands ?
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I see what you're saying but you would need a lot more height to drop the whole axle down. Easier to pivot the axle, one side up the other down. Just like flexing off road.

The rear is super easy. The coils are shorter and it doesn't take much droop to get the stock coils out. They pretty much fall out.
Front is a little more difficult because of the bump stops.
I prefer this method. Less chance of your axle and steering being off center.
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Pain In the a**. Either that or I don't know how to use them

Clamshell is way to big. I believe they are for struts outside the vehicle.
probably using the wrong ones. use j hook style and weight the spring that is on the vehicle and hook up the compressors and then when you unweight the coil they will fall right out. take your new spring and compress it and slide it in and jack up the wheel or axle until the spring is compressed and slip them off. an easy way to compress your spring is put it on your floor jack and use the bottom of your rear bumper and jack it up until it is compressed an inch or two. Not sure why people are anti this way but it works slicker then rain drenched moab mud.
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X2 on the track bar. Assuming you have all 4 corners up on stands ?
I have done all 4, but normally I just do an end at the time, especially if it's winter and I want to shut the door and turn the heat on, I'll pull it in as close to the door as I can, do one end, then roll it as far from the door as I can and do the other end.
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I did the front tonight, one corner at a time. Thanks for the suggestions of disconnecting track bar, that was a game changer. The axle dropped low enough to just drop the spring out.

Rear tomorrow...
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When I did mine, I dropped the whole axle. My jackstands aren't very tall, so I removed my wheels and tires. This also gave me a little more room to work. Will be doing it again sometime soon, when I install my 2.5" Teraflex springs.
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When I did mine, I dropped the whole axle. My jackstands aren't very tall, so I removed my wheels and tires. This also gave me a little more room to work. Will be doing it again sometime soon, when I install my 2.5" Teraflex springs.
Passenger front is a bbbbbbbbbb to get in with out a spring compressor. Had to bounce up and down on my axle/rotor while my buddy put it in. Not a easy fit that's for sure
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Did the rear today one corner at a time. Again, it was much easier with the track bar removed compared to the first time I did this.

Eibach springs are installed.

Will post pics later after I install my or fab front.
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will you check these measurements as well as the rear shock length from center of eyes.
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will you check these measurements as well as the rear shock length from center of eyes.
Shock measurement = 19.75"
Spring = 11"

Slightly less than the advertised 2", and it will 'settle' in also. On top of that, I'm installing a slightly heavier bumper this weekend. My goal was to just 'compensate' so I can stay around stock height so these results are good enough for me.

did not do rear yet

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