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Old 04-18-2011, 07:39 PM
fordgrlangie fordgrlangie is offline
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Talking Replaced bent leaf spring on 99 xlt Ranger

This is the bent leaf spring I had to take off, and replace with a used/new leaf spring on my driver's side of my box on my ranger. Took me 6 hours to achieve, because the bent leaf spring was a dirty b!tch. lol

Steps I used:

1) I lifted the truck up with our vehicle lift in our shop, and took wheel off.
2) Used a torch to heat the nuts on the front bolt and rear bolt of the bent leaf spring.
3) Used the torch again to heat the nuts on the u-bolts holding the leaf spring onto the axle.
4) Took u-bolts off with nuts and set aside. (Note: had a jack hold the axle up so nothing gets damaged while the truck is in the air, and axle wants to hang without the u-bolts to the leaf spring)
5) Beat/Wrenched/Clanked the bolts out of the leaf spring on front and rear and out of brackets.
6) Checked brackets and etc. for damage from bent leaf spring. Also checked alignment and drive shaft for damage or wear.
7) Took new/used leaf spring and put in place where u-bolts are.
8) Replaced old u-bolts with new ones. (threads were damaged)
9) Bolted the new spring on the rear bracket, but not tightened yet.
10) Pushed leaf spring from back by rear bracket to align and fit the spring into the front bracket.
11) Once leaf spring is in place of front bracket, bolt and tighten.
12) Tighten Rear bolt on the rear bracket.
13) Put wheel back on.
14) Test drive.

It turned out really well! First time since owning it that it sits straight. lol I bought it with a salvaged title, and the spring was the only thing wrong with it when I bought it. Easy fix. Need patience and time.
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