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Old 07-16-2010, 11:43 AM
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Lift Kit problems

im having some problems with my lift kit....its a rough country 4 inch goin on my 96 f-250...the problems im having is i cant get the front springs lined up with the shackles...and i cannot get the pitman arm off...ive tried a puller and a torch and a sledge hammer and nothing will get it off...an help would be great cause i gotta get this thing done today
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:13 PM
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well the only suggestion i have is to soak it with rust penatrant and then heat it up until its red hot and glowing. then hit it with the puller if that doesnt work youre looking at having to get a new gear box and a pitman arm plus an alignment and hopefully if oyu have to go that far with it you wont have any other issuses on the alignment rack
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:16 PM
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Tried an air chisel?
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i had the same problem as you with the springs, you have to put the back bolt in first then take a small jack and put it in the center of the spring without the axle there and jack it until it stretches into the shackle. If i ever had to do it again, id spend an extra 200 bucks on a better lift kit, wasnt to impressed by the rough country although it was cheap.

The pitman arm will come off, with a combination of soaking it, very moderate torching and the puller will make it slide off, but it will be a pita. mine was rusted on solid. be careful not to cook the seals in the gear box when using the torch tho
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:22 PM
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Concerning the pitman arm, alot of times you will have to heat the side of the arm itself with a torch then smack the opposite side with a hammer while you have a puller attached. Make sure to leave the nut on but loose so that your now glowing hot pitman arm doesnt fall into your lap. If you get the arm or box too hot, it will melt the seals and your done for so it might take a couple tries.
As far as the shackle not lining up, its gonna take alot of force to get the spring to flatten out some. As stated, rough country isnt known for the best products... Good luck bud!
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:53 PM
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well after trying to pry the spring into place i managed to bust my eye wide open....so i think im gonna take a little break and think it thru a little more
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