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Old 05-04-2014, 11:29 PM
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Just bought a set of the 25% heavier payload coils for the rear of my 4X4. Anyone replaced their rear coils who could give me some advice. Appears that they can be removed when you lift the truck by the rear frame and the wheels clear the ground. Is there enough clearance at this point to wiggle them out and install the new ones. If I disconnect the lower shock bolt will this let the axel down lower? If so, do I have to support the axel? Any replies here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Just bought a set of the 25% heavier payload coils for the rear of my 4X4. Anyone replaced their rear coils who could give me some advice. Appears that they can be removed when you lift the truck by the rear frame and the wheels clear the ground. Is there enough clearance at this point to wiggle them out and install the new ones. If I disconnect the lower shock bolt will this let the axel down lower? If so, do I have to support the axel? Any replies here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I did just as you said. Raise the truck by the frame, take off the rear wheels, I also unbolted the rear sway..not sure if that helped. Remove the stock coils and make sure to use the rubber boot on the stock ones. Move it over to the new coils and install.
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You raised the truck by the frame and didn't remove the lower shock end? Did you need a jack under the differential? Also how hard was I to persuade them to come out? Generally, every time I start something it turns into a nightmare. It seems pretty cut and dried. Just waning to make sure I have everything I need on hand when I start. Thanks for our input and for any additional info you might have.
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I just did this (well they were lowering springs ) on my '13 so it should be fresh, here goes, lol tougher w/o a lift:

1. 'chock' both sides of both front tires
2. raise truck by rear axle until wheels clear, put jackstands under both outboard sides of axle,
3. remove jack, put under frame point in center rear - receiver hitch ?, lift a bit.
4. remove rear wheels, lower shock mounts , brake line 'routing clip',
5. continue to lift frame, watch brake lines wires etc , you may need to remove lower panhard bar mount bolt &/or sway bar link bolts to get adequate travel to:
6. eventually all the load will come off springs,

then you can R&R, re-use the OE rubber cap and spring dampers,
and then reverse the process to put back together.

I recall needing a 21 mm wrench & socket, & the usual 18, 15, ..

the "gearwrench" style ratchet box-end are nice down here e.g. lower shock bolts
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Thanks for the reply. Getting harder by the minute for an old man. Thanks again for the info..
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I unbolted the sway bar links, and the lower shock bolts. Makes it easier for sure.
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Getting new shocks at 4 Wheel parts Saturday. Gonna let them get dirty for me.
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It's much simpler than a lot of the above replies IMO...

I just chocked the front wheels then lifted the truck by the trailer hitch until the rear tires were off the ground about 1". Then pull the stock springs out and put the aftermarket springs in. May take a slight amount of force to compress them ever so slightly but I was able to do it laying on my back. Takes me about 15 minutes to swap from stock springs to aftermarket(lowering). Also once the truck is jacked up be safe and put jack stands under the frame.

Actually I have airlift air bags in the lowering springs now so it'd take longer. I used to swap to the stock springs if I needed to increase payload or towing capacity for a trip but now I leave the lowering springs in and pump up the psi in the bags.
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I had to remove the lower shock bolts to get enough space to get the old spring out.
raised the truck until no tension on the shock. then raised the truck until the wheels started to come off the ground. I watched the brake lines but did not have to remove the clip. I got the progressive springs and they went in easier (1/2 shorter) than the originals.
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