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Old 12-06-2009, 11:15 AM
cybor462 cybor462 is offline
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Default Need help with suspension

Hi Guys

Knee deep into the 85 Ranger V8 swap and total restoration. As one would expect I have started on the frame first.

I ran into two problems so far.

#1 I replaced all shackle and leaf spring bushings and new clamps and cleaned and painted everything. When I got the clamps at the local spring shop they told me to torque the clamps to 100 ft lbs. I got them to 90 and bent the brackets and clamps. Yes my t wrench is accurate.

Should I be worried that they bent a tad? I will put up a pic. I was able to get the 90 the first time. The shop said to redo it in a couple days so I did. This is when this stuff happened.

#2 I am now working on the front suspension. I am replacing the radius arm bushings, axel pivot bushings, ball joints, well everything. I got to the pojnt of removing the radius arm and CANT remove the bolt that bolts it to the axle.
I was finally able to remove both as one (real pain) and took it over to my 12 ton press and it will not budge it. Any help would be appreciated. I want to clean, derust and paint all these and I think it will be a real pain to put it back in as one anyway.

Any help here would be a blessing. I need to press out the lower ball joint yet. I have a HF ball joint service kit it got the top one out but will not budge the bottom. I will use the 12 ton to do it when I get them seperated if I get them seperated.
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