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Help getting leaf to fit..

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by bshaf, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Jun 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    bshaf

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    So I've been installing my new leaf set (1998 4x4).. after struggling amazingly with the nut/bolt removal (but avoiding cutting) we've got the new leafs on.. after lots of sketchy flexing we got the front and the rear bolts on.. but the middle bolt/post that aligns into the middle of the axel isn't fitting.

    here you can see that it isn't centered

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    and here you can see that the post is around an inch away

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    before this we tried to install the back bolt first.. but the front one was a few inches away from aligning.. so we jacked up the axel pretty much as far as we could and basically straightened out the leafs completely and the front bolt was still about an inch from fitting and the middle post was still about an inch from fitting into the whole in the axel

    so basically my question is do you think this will ever fit? we were thinking about doing the leafs on the other side and seeing if that helped flex the axel a little.. or if it helped make the axel a little moveable (if it could come forward just a little bit it would fit... but not sure if the drivetrain can give an inch?).. like i said we have the bolts in, its just fitting in that little post

    also i should mention that i lined it up with the old leafs off the truck.. and the holes and posts all lined up so you'd think it'd fit...
     
  2. Jun 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    DevL

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    Pull both springs from axle while axle on jacks and truck on jackstands. Move axle forward and attach to springs. Third jack for tilting angle of diff helps.
     
  3. Jun 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM
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    Hahaha, yeah it'll fit, that close dude, just grab the axle & give it a little tug forward & it'll easily line up, BTW I'm not laughing at you OP just with you I remember the first time or 2 I did this, I had 4 jack stands, 2 or 3 jacks & alot of frustration, now I got it down to a science...

    You dont have the springs backwards do you ? (bushing wrap goes to front)
     
  4. Jun 4, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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    very good possibility, most people don't know there are a front/back side.
     
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