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post #1 of 8 Old 10-27-2013, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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1997 7.3 Rear Leaf Spring Hanger

Driving down the road and .... POP. Leaf spring hanger let go after 138,000 miles.

Found one in stock at a local parts store so i'm going to go grab it because the truck is my daily driver. My only question is how the hell do i remove the thing?

I read that it's pop riveted in. I do have an older MAC air hammer that i could use to attempt to chiesel it out. Then you just drop grade 8 bolts in.

Am i missing anything? Any tips? I have a car lift (need to check capacity of it first), a forklift rated for ~6,000 pounds, an air hammer, a good compressor, and a good impact gun. Just need to figure out the procedure for fixing this.

Does anyone know a 1997 7.3 extended cab 8' bed curb weight?

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Take a cut off wheel and grind off the rivets and then punch out the remainder with air hammer or punches .

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6000 lbs is really close too close. The 8000 lb lift at the one dealer I worked at was pissed whenever it saw anything near 3/4 ton

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curb weight i would ~ 7200-7400 with nothing in the bed/cab

grinding wheel and drive the rivet out.

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I used my engine hoist to lift from the trailer hitch, enough to take the weight off the springs.
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Use that forklift to lift the back of the truck up enough.


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The new shackle/hanger should come with bolts/nuts.

Check the fixed hangers at the front of the springs, as they're also rust-prone.
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While you are at it, check your upper shock mounts, one of mine was completely broke, and the other barely hanging on.
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