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i feel your pain, we had the same problem installing shackles on Marks truck, dang bolt wouldnt come out.
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i feel your pain, we had the same problem installing shackles on Marks truck, dang bolt wouldnt come out.

As in oxy/acetaline heat or like LP heat?
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This is kind of the least of my concerns at the moment but I hope to put these on on at some point in the future.

Let me see if I get you. You have no blocks. you put the spring right on the axle ? So does the bumpstop hit the axle(when/if it needed to) ? and you are useing the stock shackles ?
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This is kind of the least of my concerns at the moment but I hope to put these on on at some point in the future.

Let me see if I get you. You have no blocks. you put the spring right on the axle ? So does the bumpstop hit the axle(when/if it needed to) ? and you are useing the stock shackles ?

Correct, no blocks and the spring is right on the spring perch. I am also using the stock hanger for I dont need any more height since I cant lift the front 3 inches with a t-bar crank and since i already have the super lift, it would be awsome but not possible. As for the bump stop....well it was worthless even when i had the blocks in...my 33's would stuff so far into the wheel well and rub even before the bump stop would hit. I was going to try and incorporate the stock block on top of the spring pack, but it will most likely hinder the flex of the spring and end up messing things up, so for bump stops...i have tires and wheel wells!
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Quick question before heading to the hardware store...the spring hanger bolts only have threads on the last 1/3 of the bolt, would it make a difference if i get bolts that are fully threaded?
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As in oxy/acetaline heat or like LP heat?

ya, you arent plaining on using the stock springs right? if not then cut the eyelet and the bolt, just keep the heat away from the hanger as much as possible.
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Quick question before heading to the hardware store...the spring hanger bolts only have threads on the last 1/3 of the bolt, would it make a difference if i get bolts that are fully threaded?

you need the bolts from the dealer, atleast i would. becasue if you notice they change size so they fit the best.

i know i wouldnt use some grade 8 bolt.
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ya, you arent plaining on using the stock springs right? if not then cut the eyelet and the bolt, just keep the heat away from the hanger as much as possible.

Stock springs a thrashed hardcore so no, would a little LP torch be enough? I mean obviously not to cut the eyelet, but to heat it up to fudge the bolt out?
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you need the bolts from the dealer, atleast i would. becasue if you notice they change size so they fit the best.

i know i wouldnt use some grade 8 bolt.

I was thinking about going to the stealership for them, but just thought id ask about just using grade 8's
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Stock springs a thrashed hardcore so no, would a little LP torch be enough? I mean obviously not to cut the eyelet, but to heat it up to fudge the bolt out?

it might be enough, if that is what you have heat is up and melt the rubber bushing out.

the problem is the bolt is rusted to the metal sleeve, atleast that is what it sounds like. maybe with the rubber gone it will give you enough room to hold that metal sleeve and take the bolt out.
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The bolt spins freely, so i dont know. It doesnt seem to be spinning the rubber bushing. And yeah, dont have access to an oxy-acet. cut off torch...so im gonna have to make due with the LP one...
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holy mother ****er kock suckn ball busting ****..they are finally in and done.. 2 days of more work than what i put into a full week of construction..

its mid to high 90's here and i think i left a puddle of sweat everwhere i went..

but after tons of trying this and trying that they are now in...it was so much fun!!! i wanna do mine like tomarrow..ha

they look tight Andrew
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well, its alittle late

but i used grade 8 bolts on my 99
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The Sky Jacker model number is FR36S for the 6"erz and FR34S for the 4"erz. I paid about $430 or so for them shipped to my door. the 4"erz are like 20 bones cheaper, but I dont want to have any blocks on my truck so i went with the 6"erz and ditched the blocks.
Yeah Im going to eventually do that...I get bad axle wrap with just the stock blocks
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holy mother ****er kock suckn ball busting ****..they are finally in and done.. 2 days of more work than what i put into a full week of construction..

its mid to high 90's here and i think i left a puddle of sweat everwhere i went..

but after tons of trying this and trying that they are now in...it was so much fun!!! i wanna do mine like tomarrow..ha

they look tight Andrew

Haha...yeah what a ****n blast!...Im pretty sure that A) They look sic and ride like whoa. B) At least we know what to do for yours and it should take like 1/4 the time to do it. C) It was hot as a mo fo and humid x's 50. I checked the temp with the heat index...97 without heat index...102 with the humidity... D)I think I might throw some BT 6400's on because the springs settled in and now my a$$ end is only about an inch higher than the front without my t-bars being cranked...which is huge compared to when we first dropped the truck off the jack...Tailgate was mid chest high and Im 6'.... E) Note to self...air tools would have rocked! Must have next time.
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Pics will be coming soon. Im gonna go out to some "playground" and flex test...and snap some pics.
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7 hours at the "playground" I'm waiting to see some pics before I buy mine. Not like they will change my mind, but yea..
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Yeah....i took a nap, I work the early am shift soo...when i come home i come on to r-f and then crash...i went to the playground round 1ish but couldnt play cause it was gated off for some reason...and then i went to another spot and took some pics, but the computer wont reckognize the cam for some effed up reason...ill work on it, but ill take some new ones with my moms cam tomorrow.
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ah wtf noob.. get that shiat workn

dude i think i lost like 10lbs on the leaf spring swap...btw Andrew garage is all spick and span, and yer lienies are still in da gatorade fridge heh

yea it was an expierience.. and if it was a road trip.. we took the loooong way, next time we take the shortcut!
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I'll bring a camera and get pics of you ***** bein stupi.....badasses.

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idk will you have time on yer awesome one day trip...
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I cant help it im a tard(slash)the computer is a d-bag! Im gonna head out in like 40 mins to get some sexy flexy shots! BTW I think we should slap some shackels on and crank my t-bars some time soon....before the bolts become bastards! haha....yeah short cut...aka cut off wheel and new bolts right away...or and no more of the "26 inch blingin" jackstands...if ya know what I mean.... Im pretty sure that I sweated off a few myself...but Im fat so you cant tell....
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Pics!!!

Ok *******....I FINALLY got pics....the springs flex like whoa...I mean its crazy smooth and soft.

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The old springs and things:
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The busted *** old spring:
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Underside:
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As you can see, no blocks...at all!:
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Light flex:
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Getting better....:
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And the following tells the story on how to lift a 33" tire....:
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Well I owe Andeasy big, and cant wait to wheel these springs HARCORE style...now I need 35's!

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