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Old 05-03-2020, 09:39 AM
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Skyjacker rear spring install???

Hey guys I have an 89 GW. Trying to get the rear spring to fit and having some issues getting the front spring hole into the pocket lined up with the bolt hole. Pictures attached.

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Old 05-03-2020, 10:11 AM
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When I did mine, I installed the spring in the front bucket first and then fought with the rear.


I looked way easier than pushing the front of the spring forward, I'm sure there is a way, but I couldn't figure it out.



Others will chime in soon.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:10 PM
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Yes, the front first then the rear, I have used a 2x4 or 4x4 wood block above the rear spring/shackle and used a jack to put weight on the spring which will flatten the spring out and allow you to get the bolt in the rear shackle in the frame.
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Old 05-05-2020, 03:16 PM
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Or this....

Agreed. Front first, then rear. But you can also use a ratchet strap to compress the spring and "stretch" it out, so your rear bolt just slides in. The ratchet strap gives you nice small incremental movement over a jack. Just be sure to use a ratchet strap that didn't come from the the dollar store or the Amish Walmart.
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Old 05-08-2020, 02:52 PM
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When you say use a ratchet strap.Front bolt is in place and then... What exactly do you attach it to? Sorry I feel like an idiot... loving the advice guys.
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Old 05-08-2020, 03:38 PM
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When you say use a ratchet strap.Front bolt is in place and then... What exactly do you attach it to? Sorry I feel like an idiot... loving the advice guys.




I haven't used this method, however... I assume wrapped around the axle and frame to mimic the floor jack method.



You are trying to compress the spring so it's long enough to reach the shackle pocket.....


You must use some sort of block between the body and spring hanger so the spring will flatten out and slide so you can rotate the shackle into the pocket.



You will need some sort of screwdriver to line up the bolt hole once its in the pocket. then you can start the bolt... once the bolt was in a bit I used a 3# hammer to send it the rest of the way through. lots of patience required.
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Old 05-09-2020, 05:25 AM
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Ok great I think I've got it. The front is really tight and hard to move but ill just take out the BFH and get it moving. Ill try the floorjack method first and then the ratchet straps if that doesnt work. Have several lengths of 2x4 and 4x4 to mess with as well. Any tips for getting the front in and lined up? Ive been really close but cant get the bolt through.
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Old 05-09-2020, 06:31 AM
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My spring were not brand new, they had new bushings. they were snug.... but not tight. maybe try some grease on the bushing face.



I put both spring front's in first. my axle was on jack stands as low as possibile.



Once the front's were in place and the bolt was through, I lined up the spring center pin on the axle and put my plate and u bolts on.



I cut a block off of a random board I had. It was smaller than a 4x4 and larger than a 2x4. so it was perfect. I cut it about 12" long. This allowed me to raise the rear spring to get the shackle in the pocket. It was a time consuming process. I did it by myself. 2 people would make it easier I think.
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:08 AM
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Thanks guys for all the tips. Got the rear passenger side in last night with a little grease and some hammer coaxing. Now onto the driver side...
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Old 05-13-2020, 07:18 AM
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Hopefully the drivers will go in way easier. Mine did. Don't forget to post up pics.
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Hopefully the drivers will go in way easier. Mine did. Don't forget to post up pics.
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