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HELP 2.5" Fabtech Coil and Arm lift (coil problems)

I am lifting the front of my 2wd 99' ford ranger and and am adding the Fabtech coils and arms to the spindles I already have. I cannot compress the spring enough to get the spindle back on to hold her in. Does anyone know how to do this. (Yes I have the spring compressor clamps, can't get in to get enough compression). When I jack the truck it comes off ground. Has anyone successfully done this?
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maybe undo your sway bar and shocks to help it droop some more
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^ He should have at least dropped the shocks....I hope...but yeah disconnect the sway bar. Also i imagine you could try this: unbolt the upper ball joint from the spindle, load the spring, slowly lower the LCA onto a 4x4 timber and as the spring compresses reattach the ball joint and re jack up the front, torque everything down and uncompress the spring. I dont know if it will work or not, but it might be worth a try?!
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The problem isn't fitting the new spring in it's tring to get the LCA up high enough with the new spring in place to attach it to the upper ball joint. We can leverage the sucker up but as soon as it gets to a certin point the truck begins to lift off the jack stands. we've been using compressors and it dosn't seem to help.
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lower the side you want compressed on a 4x4 timber...that aught to compress it enough...and stop it from flippin of the jackstand
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get a jack on the outer most point of the lower arm thats the only easy way we could get scott's to seat in there enough. we were pretty much on the ball joint, the longer of a lever to make the control arm the more force it will exert
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I put my sisters on the hood and my largest friend in the cab on the side I was working on and it worked. Also make sure the bottom of the coil is lined up right with the notches in the lower control arm. I jacked the truck up to the upper ball joint but lowering the truck onto a jack would work too, just jack it or rest it at the closest to the end of the lower arm as possible for the best leverage. If jacking it up doesnt work, jack the truck up at the middle and only put a jack stand under the side you are working on and CAREFULLY lower it so that the entire front end is coming down on one side, but dont go too far or you will be crushed by a falling truck.
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Allright, got it. I tried the outer tip of the LCA and it was still jacking the truck with a partial coil spring clamp compression on it too, these things are stiff! I ended up having to cut part of the threaded bolt on the coil clamp so that it was about a lil over half the size it was, that way I was able to crank on it till the coil was almost touching itself, that did the trick with the jack on the outer LCA as well. This was a major pain in the A$$. Well I got that side reasembled with some skyjacker hydros on it which was also a real tight fit getting that installed. Now I have the driver side disassembled and am ready to reassemble soon as my friend gets here. Oh and Mustangsvo85, that was my next plan was yours to try, I just am very sketchy around those coil, they pack alot of punch and moving weight was my last option if all else failed.

Well I'll post some pic's in the next week or so once I get some software on the computer so I can offload the pics.

Thanks for the advice!
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