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Old 07-18-2011, 03:23 PM
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Dorman doesnt suck...they're built to OE quality...no offence but if someone did some research before they dug into the truck, they wouldnt be in this situation
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:56 PM
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the ball joint press will work
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:39 PM
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There is no need to rent a ball joint press and spend that much! You can find C clamps just about anywhere! I'd even mail mine to you so you can use it!!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:13 AM
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Ok. I'm all better now, and I found the solution.
After stripping a perfectly good jaw type gear puller that I rented getting that old fused bushing turd out, I was left without a tool to finish the job, AND it was too small to be able to press the Dorman bushing back in anyway even if it hadnt stripped, cuz its just 4 inches. So here's your backyard, shady tree, white trash answer to this situation:
I discovered that these gear pullers come in different flavors. Duh. And of course the one I had was the smallest you can get, 2 ton. Now I called around, and if you dont ask if they have the 5 ton or 7 ton, you WILL get a 2 ton, so you MUST ask for a 5 or 7. They wont have the 7 in stock. Autozone said they could order it and would have it in 2 days; but after I inspected the 5 ton, I thought it might be sufficient so I tried it, and sure enough it had all the balls I could need, (I was just gunshy about ruining another tool and having to slip in back in on them like I did the last one. :-} sorry autozone)
So there it is: 5 tons of Jaw Puller from autozone for a $53 deposit, and I get it all back once I return it.
I guess Dorman is ok, once you escape from wrong tool perdition.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:13 PM
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I used the shackle bolt that came with the dorman shackle kit.put one end on the backside of the bushing and a washer on the other side of the leaf springthen put the nut on the end of the bolt.hit it with the impact wrench and it pulled the metal bushing right in.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:55 PM
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Nice if you've got air tools, all I had were hand tools.
Look, I dont have a shop, no air tools, no c clamps, (actually my neighbor brought one home from work for me, I tried it, it would not do the job), and the only impact tool I have are these awesome guns God gave me -^||^- ,(supposed to be two biceps), so I just needed the shady tree mechanic version. I found it,...myself.
Thanks for the help.

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What happened was that I got this truck thru my son for $400. Then I decided to trade it for a motorcycle, but the bike owner spotted the two broken shackles and said no. I thought if I fixed the shackles, the deal might be back on.
So I pulled the bed and dove in. When I came here and read the tutorials, none of them disclosed ALL of the facts, which is what really pissed me off.
NONE of the tutorials here were legit.
Now they are, since I have whined and bitched and finally got the answer myself. I am sharing it with the next guy, unlike you turds.
A: Get to autozone and rent a 7 ton jaw type gear puller. If they dont have it, and they wont, tell them its on their website and that THAT is the tool you NEED. It will take about 2 days for them to get it to their store and it will cost you about $65 or so deposit, BUT YOU GET IT ALL BACK, EVEN THE TAX.
I used a 5 ton, but the threads were beginning to strip, so I took it back and got another to use from another store, (sorry again autozone), so I recommend going for the 7 ton from the beginning.
IMPACT is probably what would be best as stated above, but I dont have a 80 gal compressor etc. so, its no answer for me. If you are like me, do it this way to get by.
Thanks all.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:01 PM
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we told you exactly what you had to do to put it in. we told you the tools you needed and what had to be done exactly.

You REFUSED to ACCEPT OUR HELP we offered and went on bitching and complaining and saying we are all retarded. You could of had this job done a LONG time ago but you refused to do the way we told you.

Sorry you are the one who wasted the time and money to do it the wrong way and well atleast you got it done to say the least.

now if you feel like bitching some more like a whining lil girl be my guest we'll keep telling you its your fault cause in all truths it was for not listening to us the first time
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:02 PM
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I will say that the Belltech 6400 and bushing kit info here was really good stuff. If I had my druthers, I'd've gone that way first. Just saying. More force was required to push that Dorman bushing in than was needed to push the old junk out of the leaves, so the puller idea is really sound there, 5 ton would be fine, but in future, its well worth the extra like $40 to skip the Dorman and order the bushing kit from Summit, that is if you have NO air tools and DONT want to pull the whole leaf to put on a bench and NO other press type tools. C clamps WONT install a Dorman bushing, I guarantee you that, so dont bother.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:05 PM
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my c-clamp did it just fine and i never took the leaf spring off the truck
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:22 PM
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Yeah, there was that one tip you gave; to do some kind of rig and then slap the leaf, but I didnt quite understand what you were talking about, and really didnt feel like hanging my ass out in the wind by asking for clarification. I think your idea probably would have worked, but I just went on my own way since all the tutorials and convienently skipped the bushing install and I obviously didnt have the tools you guys had. My one mistake here. Sorry about that, that ONE is on me.

Look at the tutorials on this install here on this site. NONE of them go into this incredibly show stopping part of the show. What a crock.
I figured it out. Thanks anyway.

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I guess your daddy can afford a higher class of c clamp than my neighbor could steal from work. Good for you.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:34 PM
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i bought the c-clamp i used thank you very much dickhead!

and on the tutorials it never tells you to replace the bushing
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:38 AM
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Look at the tutorials on this install here on this site. NONE of them go into this incredibly show stopping part of the show. What a crock.
I figured it out. Thanks anyway.

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I guess your daddy can afford a higher class of c clamp than my neighbor could steal from work. Good for you.
Wow dude.... really? that was uncalled for to say the least
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:27 AM
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We dont really take that kind of shit from people like you on this site. If you wanna be a dick, go to some other site and do it.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:33 PM
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One more thing; The Belltech 6400 for $55 on Amazon is not really the cheapest answer. I just walked into Advance Auto and saw that they had a 'lowering' shackle kit, same as the 6400, for $39.99.
The same part lowers or lifts depending on the vehicle it is installed on. On a ranger the leaf spring is below the frame mount, so a longer shackle with lift the vehicle. On other vehicles, the leaf spring is ABOVE the frame mount, so a longer shackle will lower the vehicle. You still need a bushing kit though.
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