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Risks of "do it yourself" on upgrading your suspension

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by avengedkevinfold, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Jan 24, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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    avengedkevinfold

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    I know very little about cars but I'm considering installing my new bilstien 5100s all the way around the truck and a new ICON leaf pack.

    I've got jack stands and jacks and all the tools needed to perform the install including the torque wrench.

    In regards to removing the coil over using a spring compressor and putting in the 5100 back into the coilover.... I'll be taking the assembly to a shop to have done because I understand this can be a dangerous job.

    I'll be using the following links for help.

    Front Suspension Install

    AAL Install

    Suspension Diagram

    Factory Torque Specs

    After the install I'll be taking the truck to get aligned and get new tires and wheels.

    With all of that being said, what are some of the risks involved in doing this myself? What are some of the common mistakes that could make this install go wrong or lead to suspension failures down the road?

    Am I missing anything in regards to instructions and/or tools to get the job done right?

    Is this a no brainer job or am I in over my head?

    Any other advice?
     
  2. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    It looks like you have it all, just remember to take your time and double check everything when you re assemble it all. taking it all apart should be a breeze with any type of diagram and since your having the hardest parts done theres really no concern in just takin it all apart and putting it back together yourself, just double check! Good Luck
     
  3. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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    You are already on the good path having given thought to the job as you have-hell in my younger days they sold frikkin coil spacers in the form of plastic slipins all the way to metal ones you can torque on with a wrench to achieve more height> Can you imagine what these did to a spring-changing the whole load bearing dynamics, putting extreme pressure on only one point of the coil etc.
    Compare that to how you're handling yours and you'll see you're doing fine:)
     
  4. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:40 AM
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    I did my rear suspension yesterday. It took about 11 hours but one bolt took 2 and a half hours to get off. Make sure you have an impact wrench it makes everything way easier. I replaced my leafs and shocks and it wasn't hard just time consuming.
     
  5. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    Make sure you check all the bolts a couple times especially after a good shake down off roading, I hear the nuts on the u bolts tend to come loose and a leaf could shift
     
  6. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    Changing out the coil over's isin't bad, just need to use good judgement and a good coil compressor and follow it's directions usually on the package. lots of do's and don't online to get that part safetly done.
    The compressor I used: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1KCEGNK70158E54HCCD0



    Don't tear boths sides down together, do one side then the other, that way you have a example to go back to.
     

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