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Reconnecting lca to spindle

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by nobody4343, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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    I'm installing my lift got the strut tightened to the lca and tightened to the mount I took the 2 bolts that connect the lower ball joint and lca to the spindle now I can't get the bolts to thread back in I've tried jacking the lca up just picks up the whole truck I'm doing this by myself I know another person would probably make everything easier anybody got any advice or ideas
     
  2. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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    Pull down on the uca?
     
  3. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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    Trying it still seems like it won't go and hard to pull down th uca and put te bolt back in only me doing this
     
  4. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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  5. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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    It sucks just moved out to Oceanside ca and dnt no anybody
     
  6. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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    I used a cheater bar to pry down the uca when I did mine and my friend's lifts. Now that I think of it some, If I were to do it again I would loosen the uca bolt, then after putting the truck on its own weight and bouncing it a few times, then tighten the bolt back up. This will help lower the uca and make the ride a little better, cause the bushings won't be in so much tension.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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    Do you have a pry bar?
     
  8. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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    Not here at my house but I can get one
     
  9. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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    Try loosening the uca bolt first, it will help in more ways then one.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    Sean beat me to it. Definitely recommend the pry bar though.
     
  11. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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    The actual uca bolts or just the upper ball joint
     
  12. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    Bolt going to the frame, it will allow the uca to move freely.
     
  13. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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    Ok I'm calling it a night gnna hit it first thing in the morning now just reaserching trying to find a better easier way to do the other side then the rear add a leads should just go in no problem fingers crossed keep the ideas and advice coming
     
  14. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
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    when you put the leafs back together with the AAL try using 1/4" drive extension, by putting in it the hole for the centering pins and clamping the leafs together. I think I stole that form 4wd on here.
     
  15. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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    Ya I was planning on doing that I saw that in Chris's aal write up just need to get they he front end first
    :frusty:
     
  16. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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    I'm not sure why its being the way you are describing. Keep prying and or jacking up or letting down the lca until you get it in position. Maybe unbolt the strut do gain some extra movement. I've done this several times now and am not sure why your having a problem. Maybe some pictures to show the angles your dealing with?
     
  17. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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    It took me forever to get the strut in place by myself I really dnt want to pull that thing off again by myself
     
  18. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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    You man not have a choice...

    Any pics to go with this issue? I'm confused as to why its "fighting" you...
     
  19. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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  20. Feb 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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    To get the coilover in (on both trucks) I used a a prybar to lower the lca. And for the top I used the same technique for the uca.
     
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