Wanted to give my method for installing my pre-assembled coil overs from Wheelers. They were OME884 with Bilstein 5100s.
I had a buddy who is a body man(for 30 years) help me. I explained to him the several different ways of doing the front coil over removal and install from here on TW. I liked the method of loosening the cam bolts and removing the two bolts from the LCA and ball joint "knuckle".
We did a little bit of each method in this thread. By a little bit we basically did one step only from each method.
First: We removed the sway bar brackets to allow the sway bar some room to move out of the way. Only the brackets not the joint.
Second: We removed the two bolts holding the LCA to the ball joint area(sorry, not sure of the term) like shown in the video earlier in this thread. We did not loosen the cam bolts for the LCA.
Third: I took a 2x4 and slid it between the portion of the LCA nearer to the cab and then pushed down with my foot to force the LCA down and out of the way while he removed the factory coil over then slid the new one in. When we did the first side I had a pry bar and a shorter 2x4 then on the driver side we couldn't quite get enough distance down with that combo and we realized a longer 2x and no pry bar was the ticket and this worked perfect and was easy. Lots of leverage. Just watch the axle boot so you don't rip it or pinch it with the 2x4.
Overall was an easy process, yes bigger jack, bigger jack stands and air tools help but still pretty straight forward. Glad I didn't take it to a shop and pay 300 or 400 to get it and the AAL installed.
Here is a pic I took while pushing the LCA down.
Sorry, its the only pic I took while we were doing it but its the only thing that is slightly different than has already been shown in the thread.
I like this method. I'll be installing my new 885's very soon. I ordered the OME kit and paid to have them pre assemble the CO's . Am I understanding this right: since my CO's are already assembled that I don't need to worry about the spring pressure since I won't be taking my old ones apart. As long as I leave the top bolt alone on the hat (the bolt everyone says not to turn) then I don't need to worry about my spring flying out and hurting me lol ? Thus, I should have no reason to place a jack under my LCA and relieve the pressure.. In other words, the danger of the spring tension is not an issue if I just take out my stock pre assembled CO's still intact and swap for a new pair of intact CO's ?