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Old 09-05-2007, 11:09 AM
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add a leaf help

I just bought a add-a-leaf leveling kit for my 1999 psd from rough country. My question is how to do it, I know several of you have done it and I'm sure there are several hints and tricks that would make things go easier. I am the type of person that learns from pictures, than reading so if anyone has pictures that would be great also. It says in the directions to place the add-a-leaf under the next to the largest spring, I thought for the front, the add-a-leaf went under all of the springs, it also talks about straps and bend straps are those the things that apear to hold the leafs into a pack? Thanks for the suport in advance, I have never done any suspension mods, so sorry for asking something that is probably common sence,
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:32 AM
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i did my addaleaf a couple months ago and i think that mine went under both front springs. the one side i took the leaf pack completely off and put my new one on then bolted the whole thing back on that was a pain. on the other side i left the stock springs attached to the truck and put the new one on without removing any of them it was much easier. but you will have to take the sway bar loose and unhook the shocks. also a friend would help make it easier.
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1 PUT A JACK UNDER THE AXLE (DONT LIFT JUST BRING IT UP TILL IT MEETS)UNBOLT THE AXLE U BOLTS, SHOCKS AND SPRING PACK BOLT THEN LOWER THE AXLE.
2 HOLD THE ADD ON SPRING UP TO THE PACK AND NOTE WHERE IT ENDS.THEN, WITH A DIFFERENT JACK,LIFT THE SPRING PACK WITH THE JACK CLEAR OF THE END OF THE NEW SPRING,AND REMOVE THE LEAF PACK BOLT
3 THIS WILL GIVE YOU ENOUGH CLEARANCE TO SLIDE THE NEW SPRING UNDER.(WITH A LONG 2X4 YOU CAN PUSH THE AXLE DOWN FAR ENOUGH TO GET THE LONGER LEAF PACK BOLT IN AS WELL.....
4 ONCE IT UNDER AND THE BOLT IN PLACE SLOWLY LOWER THE PACK (MAKE SURE THE PACK STAYS ALLIGNED) UNTIL IT RESTS ON THE TOP OF THE AXLE.(THE NEW SPRING WILL HIT FIRST AND THE REST WILL STAY UP A BIT.
5 NOW LIFT THE AXLE(WITH THE FIRST JACK) (WHILE STILL KEEPING THE HOLE ALLIGNED SO THE BOLT SLIDES THROUGH) UNTIL THE SPRINGS ALL MEET IN THE MIDDLE AND TIGHTEN THE BOLT
6 REATTACH UBOLTS ETC
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Buy a set of Vise clamps and clamp the springs together and remove the bolt the you will have no problem unbolting the leafbolt and getting it out. Can be dangerous because those springs are powerful. Be careful whatever you do.
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thanks for your help, i got it done and it looks great (except one side sits higher, but hopfully new shocks will help), it was fairly easy, thanks again
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thanks for your help, i got it done and it looks great (except one side sits higher, but hopfully new shocks will help), it was fairly easy, thanks again
The track bar could be holding that one side up. Got any pics of the finished product?
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:11 AM
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i just broke my camera, i'll try to take a pic w/ the cell. what/where would that bar be holding it up? thanks
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