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im installing chevey shackles this morning... my question is... how am i supposed to get around the bumper bracket to get the lower bolt off?
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pics? i never had this issue before.

the top bolt you do not need to hold the nut as it has a retaining clip on it.

the bottom bolt is just a bolt and a nut, i think 21mm.
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plx dont tell me i need to take the trailer hitch off...
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that spring should have some twist in it try and pull the spring further away from the hitch.

otherwise take the hitch off.
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yeah dude u might have to take it off to get the bolt all the way out
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I TOLD YOU THIS IN YOUR OTHER THREAD... TAKE OFF THE BUMPER....ok..there... its like 4 bolts do it...
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ok... i got the bolt out.... i tried twisting and it worked just enough... now im tryin to get the new shackle in, but i cant get the leafs to com down far enough to get it in location.... im guesin this is supposed to be a 2 person job???
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lower the axle down as far as possible if the springs are still bolted to it. that should help.
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Once you get the stock shackles off then you can jack the back of the truck up some more and the springs will stay where they are. You may have to pull down on the spring some but it can be done without removing the bumper. Ask me how I know.
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i did it myself just put some elbow grease into it.
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im having some serious issues with this.... ive been workin on my truck for 2 days now... and im freakin exhausted... now my tips are in the way.... i can just barely get it started.... and thats as far as i can get it by myself.
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you think that maybe i could put the bottom bolt in the slot 2nd from the bottom and still get at least an inch?
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prolly.

and dont tell me your tired. try working on it for a week straight!
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yeah.. i would much rather be in my position than yours right now... well.. i think im gonna take a break... and get back at it in an hour or so..
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quick question...sound stupid but seen people do it...where is your jack stands at? are they on the frame? jack the truck way up and make sure both sides of the shackels are off and it should drop down farther then you want it..and take the jack and the rearend where you want it..
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you can always put some cribbing under the truck and usa a jack to raise the vehicle and let the springs/axle hang.
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so wait... your saying to take the front shackle off too?... or are you saying to lift the passenger and driver side at the same time???
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yeah the jack stands are on the frame... the directions in the box said the put zero pressure on the spring so ive got em on the frame in front of the front hanger
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ok.... i need to attach the bottom bolt into the very bottom hole correct? cuz when i tried to do it in the 2nd to the bottom hole... there was no height change at all.
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yes very bottom. im not sure how much lift you will actually get out of them
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yeah the jack stands are on the frame... the directions in the box said the put zero pressure on the spring so ive got em on the frame in front of the front hanger
just checking i have seen people do it before...
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im not takin this thing back apart again.

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ok... should i take off the front shackle too??? cuz im getting ready to do that
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there is no shackle in the front. it should just mount onto the hanger.
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hehe you think you have it hard try putting upper and lower arms on and coils and in the back dealing with getting the bolts out that connect to the shackle that rusted to the rubber after dealing with 7 years of salty ohio winters...

truck is identical to mine..

3 yrs ago on 235/75/15 God I hated it that high

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And our color name is not Forrest Green it is "Deep Emerald Green"

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