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Easy way to swap leaf spring bushings?
August 31, 2017
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Tyler - K6TLR
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So, I need to redo my bushings in all my leaf springs. Road handling is getting worse and worse (But the extra flex on the trail is great! lol)

I tried doing it with my hi lift, but I can’t get the rig raised evenly so that the bolts in the bushings dont bind. Tried raising from the front, but I need a 60inch hi lift. Are there any easy ways to do this without a hydraulic vehicle lift? Or am I going to need to remove the axles from the rig, and then the leafs from the axles?

Thanks!

August 31, 2017
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Are you just trying to change the bushings while leaving the springs attached to the vehicle?  When I use to mess with my Toyota springs, I would take the tires off and drop the axle to the ground while leaving jack stands under the frame. 

Um...what?

August 31, 2017
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Bottle jack between leaf and frame?

August 31, 2017
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Tyler, my son has an 85 Toyota crawler. He said:

1. Loosen lug nuts

2. Jack vehicle under front axle

3. Use pipe stands to support frame on both sides near the firewall

4. Remove tires

5. Let axel droop (you remove the tires so you don’t have to jack the truck up so high)

6. Take off springs and replace bushings

He said that if you don’t have pipe stands but you have metal, you can fabricate your own appropriate length stands but they are obviously not adjustable height or you can rent pipe stands if necessary (my son was able to borrow some from a friend). Hope this makes sense.

August 31, 2017
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Awesome info. Ill go this route. My jack stands arent tall enough to hold the frame and let the axle droop all the way down… does home depot or an auto parts store rent pipe stands or taller jack stands? Or does anyone have a couple i could borrow in a couple weeks after my work schedule calms down?

August 31, 2017
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You could borrow my jack stands, but I’m a long way from Rancho. I could always bring them to the meeting.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

August 31, 2017
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JohnDF said
You could borrow my jack stands, but I’m a long way from Rancho. I could always bring them to the meeting.  

Nice. I will keep that in mind and let you know as i get closer to having time to do it. Thank you for the offer!

August 31, 2017
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Tyler, to reach the frame you will need something taller than 12 ton jack stands. That’s why my son used pipe stands. He just left today on a four day backpacking trip (again!). When he gets back I will see if you can borrow his friends pipe stands if you’re interested. Or possibly you can bring your truck over to my son’s place and he can help you since he has done it before. I think he would enjoy seeing your Toyota.

August 31, 2017
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Jeff_R said
Tyler, to reach the frame you will need something taller than 12 ton jack stands. That’s why my son used pipe stands. He just left today on a four day backpacking trip (again!). When he gets back I will see if you can borrow his friends pipe stands if you’re interested. Or possibly you can bring your truck over to my son’s place and he can help you since he has done it before. I think he would enjoy seeing your Toyota.  

That sounds awesome! Working on rigs is more fun with other people. Let me know what he says once he gets back (hopefully not early this time…)!

August 31, 2017
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I have a set of 12 ton stands with spacers to sit the stands on. They go up to 38″ all together. You can use them if you want.

August 31, 2017
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September 1, 2017
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70dustpan said
I have a set of 12 ton stands with spacers to sit the stands on. They go up to 38″ all together. You can use them if you want.  

Thank you! I will jack up the runner today and see how tall I need them to go to. I know that a 48″ hi lift maxed out will get my tires off the ground about 1/2 an inch lol

 

I will let you know!

September 1, 2017
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70dustpan said
I have a set of 12 ton stands with spacers to sit the stands on.   

That’s exactly what I do too.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

September 5, 2017
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I have used a tractor and some saw horses before… a little unconventional, but it worked clown

13 JK Sport- Rubicon Axles: 5.38 gears, locked, trussed, skids, 4.5" lift, 37" KM2, 9.5K winch
17 JKU Recon - 35" KO, 2.5" lift

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September 11, 2017
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Jeff_R said
Tyler, to reach the frame you will need something taller than 12 ton jack stands. That’s why my son used pipe stands. He just left today on a four day backpacking trip (again!). When he gets back I will see if you can borrow his friends pipe stands if you’re interested. Or possibly you can bring your truck over to my son’s place and he can help you since he has done it before. I think he would enjoy seeing your Toyota.  

Hey Jeff, is he back? How did his trip go?

I just got back from Rubicon, and my bushings are so bad that I had to drive home at max of 45mph because my front axle keeps tracking wherever it wants to go lol

I need to get them done before I go to Barrett in 3 weeks. And I will be in Maine this weekend… So I need to do it during the weekday some time. I was able to sit down and go over exactly how to do it with my rig, so I should be able to do it now on my own if he can’t make a weekday work… I would love to borrow his pipe stands if I could though.

Lmk! Thanks Jeff!

September 11, 2017
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Tyler – K6TLR said

Hey Jeff, is he back? How did his trip go?

I just got back from Rubicon, and my bushings are so bad that I had to drive home at max of 45mph because my front axle keeps tracking wherever it wants to go lol

I need to get them done before I go to Barrett in 3 weeks. And I will be in Maine this weekend… So I need to do it during the weekday some time. I was able to sit down and go over exactly how to do it with my rig, so I should be able to do it now on my own if he can’t make a weekday work… I would love to borrow his pipe stands if I could though.

Lmk! Thanks Jeff!  

My son got sent back up to Oregon by his employer. I will see if I can borrow the pipe stands from his friend for you.

September 12, 2017
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Thanks Jeff!

Shoot me a text or give me a call 559300014four

September 13, 2017
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Tyler, my son said his friend is doing a bunch of work on his truck and is using his pipe stands. This club is great for helping one another. Perhaps you could post a request for a small work party to help you with your bushings.

September 18, 2017
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Jeff_R said
Tyler, my son said his friend is doing a bunch of work on his truck and is using his pipe stands. This club is great for helping one another. Perhaps you could post a request for a small work party to help you with your bushings.  

Totally would, that sounds like fun! But the only times I have available for a work party are weekday days… I am busy almost all weekends with work or wheeling. Dunno if anyone would be down for that? Does anyone know the best way to get ahold of 70dustpan? I have everything to do the job but some tall jack stands lol.

September 18, 2017
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Tyler – K6TLR said

Does anyone know the best way to get ahold of 70dustpan? I have everything to do the job but some tall jack stands lol.  

Dustpan is my buddy/co-worker I’ll let him know and tell him to pm you or I can pass your number to him if you’d like

September 18, 2017
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I think his number is 3703638

September 19, 2017
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70dustpan said
I think his number is 3703638  

Haha perfect 🙂

Sending you a text from 559

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