AAL installation - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-06-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
AAL installation

So I got my 2" short AAL and 2" extended rear procomp es3000 shocks today, the front shocks still have not come they were on backorder.
But, I can not find a write up anywhere on how to install the AAL, it looks like its going to be a pita and i have no idea where to start. Anyone know where there's a write up?
And how long should I expect it to take?
It can be more difficult than installing my bl, right?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-06-2009
chainfire's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mission B.C.
Posts: 3,126
It isnt going to be too bad. When I did it on my buddies Chev, All I did was clamp the pack together, then drill out the rivet that holds them together, then drop it on. More to it then that, but you get the idea
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-07-2009
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
You can do the write up for us... I'm surprised you cant find anything...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-07-2009
Woods-Rider's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 1,108
Its pretty straight forward. as long as you have the proper tools it should only take a couple hours alone or like one hour if you have help.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-07-2009
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Yup...not much too it really. Take two C-clamps to the leaf on either side of the center bolt. Bolt bolt the stock center bolt(use a pair of vice grips on the rounded 'bolt head' on the factory bolts). Slowly let off pressure evenly on the c-clamps. Now your leaf pack will be free of the center bolt. Get your AAL...place it ABOVE the thick flat spring thats called the "overload spring", get your new bolt/all thread and start threaded it together...tighten it as much as you can by hand....then put your c-clamps on. Tighten both sides evenly and you may want to put something on the c-clamp handle to get more leverage on it(breaker bar). You really don't want to put all the strain on the centerbolt...let the c-clamps do that. Get the center bolt all nice and tight, cut off excess threads, bolt axle back to it, done.

Here's a pic of mine in progress of installation...
Name:  P5100161.jpg
Views: 1
Size:  63.0 KB

BTW...I only got 1.5" out of my Pro Comp Short AAL's.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-07-2009
truckcap22's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: petersburg
Posts: 630
sure makes life easy to have a lift and be able to stand up to work on your **** huh?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-07-2009
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
it ain't my lift! lol. The superlift and the axle swaps I did on my friend's lift, everything else I do on my butt and back. lol.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-07-2009
truckcap22's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: petersburg
Posts: 630
suurree suurree
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-07-2009
herm59's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Toms River, NJ
Posts: 1,694
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
everything else I do on my butt and back. lol.

Thats what I heard about you.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-09-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
doees the aal go on top of the other springs? where does it go?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-09-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
and do I need to go buy new ubolts? someone told me I will need longer ones
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-09-2009
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Quote:
Originally Posted by rizoss16 View Post
doees the aal go on top of the other springs? where does it go?
hmmm...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
Get your AAL...place it ABOVE the thick flat spring thats called the "overload spring".
Above the super thick spring, yet below all the other springs. Pretty much from the top, longest to shortest. You can see my AAL in this pic....



Quote:
Originally Posted by rizoss16 View Post
and do I need to go buy new ubolts? someone told me I will need longer ones
For mine, I didn't need to. Stock you've got like 1.5" of play room in the threads of the u-bolts. Although I will say people do suggest getting new ones anyway because U-bolts stretch when they are tightened.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-09-2009
Crunchy's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Hull, Quebec
Posts: 486
I installed my procomp AAL yesterday.

Existing ubolts are fine, long enough.

I didn't even have to seperate the spring pack. I used c-clamps on each end of the existing leafs, tightened down like a B. Jacked up truck after taking off ubolts, seperated it from axle (thank you Mr. Crow-bar), cut off the center pin with my grinder, installed new AAL, and then spent the rest of the day swearing at my shackle bolts. Used all hand tools except for the grinder.

Only hard part was aligning the leafs with axle when putting it back together. A BFH helped by whacking the end of the overload leaf to knock the center pin back into its "hole".
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-09-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
Alright, I started to take my wheels off today, and got a call, someone came and bought my 98 mojave 250, and I couldnt be without a quad so I went and picked this up:

AAL will be next weekend. And new shocks all around.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-09-2009
truckcap22's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: petersburg
Posts: 630
is that the new z400?
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 08-09-2009
flatblack96's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 126
Quote:
Originally Posted by rizoss16 View Post
doees the aal go on top of the other springs? where does it go?
If you can't figure this one out you may need to have some help or have somebody else put them in for you. It's pretty simple really, just slipping in a leaf between your overload and the rest...
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-10-2009
BANNED
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 165
AAL

1) Raise the rear of the vehicle, support the frame with jack stands, and remove the rear
wheels.
2) With a floor jack, raise the rear axle enough to relieve tension on the shock absorber and remove
them. Disconnect the axle vent hose from the axle housing.
3) Making sure the axle is well supported, remove the axle U-bolt and hardware. Now remove
the spring eye bolts and/or shackles, and remove the springs from the vehicle.
4) Using C-clamps or a large bench vise, hold the spring assembly securely together.
5) If applicable, remove any spring leaf alignment clamps. Using vise-grips to hold the head of
the center bolt, loosen and remove it. If the bolt has rusted, a hammer and drift punch may be used
to drive it out.
6) Carefully remove C-clamps or open vise and lay unassembled spring aside.
7) with a small amount of grease applied to both ends of the Add-A-Leaf, re-assemble leaf
springs with Add-A-Leaf in place.
8) Loosely assemble the completed spring assemblies into their respective axle mounts. replace
the U-bolts, nuts, and washers and torque to factory specifications. Now re-install spring eye
bolts and/or shackles and torque to factory specifications.
9) Re-connect axle vent hose and install shock absorbers.
10) Lower vehicle and test drive.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-13-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
alright Im starting it right now, how tight do the ubolts need to be if i can find a torque wrench somewhere?
and do i need an allignment after?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-13-2009
BANNED
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 165
u-bolt

Quote:
Originally Posted by rizoss16 View Post
alright Im starting it right now, how tight do the ubolts need to be if i can find a torque wrench somewhere?
and do i need an allignment after?
The 1/2" u-bolts should be torqued down to 100lbs. and if they are new u-bolts they will stretch so after a test drive they should be re-torqued.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-13-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
i got the aal in one side, do i tightnen the center bolt until all of the springs including the aal are flush with eachother in the center?
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-13-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
I need some help got the turuck on jacks im leving for NC tomorow
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-13-2009
rizoss16's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 808
what do i torque the ubolts to?
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-13-2009
Crunchy's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Hull, Quebec
Posts: 486
I did mine 4 days ago.

Ford manual says 76 ft-lbs. Do it like your wheel lug nuts and your good.

Recheck after 50 miles. A few of mine needed a bit more tightening.

There should be no space between the leaves, except for maybe a bit if you have that plastic thing between them, that will keep them a mm apart.

This is my truck, pic took a few days ago, I have some plastic things between some leaves, you can see them in the pic:
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pros and cons of AAL Ranger1 General Ford Ranger Discussion 24 07-30-2009 05:20 PM
my blocks and AAL's j18willis Suspension Tech 33 10-23-2005 01:16 PM
AAL's j18willis Suspension Tech 12 08-29-2005 07:06 PM
Spindle lift and aal Dude Suspension Tech 8 08-17-2005 12:32 PM
Lifting the rear: Deavers vs. AAL's jdugan4859 Suspension Tech 52 02-15-2005 03:07 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:14 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.