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87highsierra2500 05-31-2015 07:25 PM

Driveway leaf spring replacement
What is the best way to replace the leaf springs on my 1987 V2500. I will be doing the replacement in my driveway and I'm limited to a handfull of jacks and stands. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.


JIMs70GMC 05-31-2015 08:40 PM

Re: Driveway leaf spring replacement
Doing all 4? For the front, get the front end in the air and jack stands under the frame just behind the leaf spring. get the tires off and remove the calipers and hang the calipers out of the way and don't let the hose get under tension. Use your jacks to support the axle, remove the u-bolts and lower the jacks to separate the axle from the springs. You can do one side at a time, if you remove both at the same time watch the axle as it might want to roll/twist because of the third member. Keep an eye on the draglink connecting the gearbox to the steering arm, you should not need to brake loose unless you are lifting the front and need a new pitman arm or steering arm. Now you can remove the bolts holding the spring on. Installation is the reverse, except do not tighten the leaf spring bolts until you have weight on the springs, i.e. put the bolt in and nut on but tighten after the spring has the load of the truck. If you have a sway bar, it will only be an issue if you are putting on lift springs, you can take it loose from the spring pads.

For the rear, do the same, except watch the one rubber line for the rear brakes, it should have enough slack, if not you can brake it's mount loose and let the hard line bend a little. Do the same with the new springs, tighten after the springs have the vehicle weight on them.

87highsierra2500 05-31-2015 09:04 PM

Re: Driveway leaf spring replacement
I'm just replacing the front springs, they are 4 inch lift springs, I bought a set of new EZ Ride springs to replace them. They must be from an old lift kit, they ride terrible they are extremely rough. I'm used to doing everything on a vehicle lift and just wanna know the best way to go about this without a lift.

swamp rat 06-02-2015 01:01 AM

Re: Driveway leaf spring replacement
I had to take a sawzall to my spring bolts as they were froze solid, good advice by the previous poster.

87highsierra2500 06-07-2015 09:47 AM

Re: Driveway leaf spring replacement
Thanks guys for you help got it all done on my days off went very well didnt have to cut anything but my new snapon 1/2 inch cordless impact took a dump on me on the last u-bolt nut. now my truck rides much better and not like a damn dump truck.

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