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I is usually easiest to completely remove the spring,but depending on the year like 2001-2004 that had the crash bar and the foglights. the bumper removal takes longer. then i just leave the spring in the truck
start with one side at a time. I just always start on the drivers side.
loosen the shackle bolts .
I also disconnect the sway bar , quickest is to remove the 4 13mm head bolts from the axle. this allows the axle to droop. if needed the track bar should loosened on one end.
remove the shocks ,ubolts and lower the axle away from the spring pack.
remove pin and install spring stack. and so on.
Doing both side at once you would have to fight the axle around. dong one side helps keep it in place but lowering the axle will shift it sideways.
to help align the spring you can remove the spring from the shackle and align it on the axle. and jacking the axle in place you can now move the shackle up and down to help align the bolt holes.
in race cases i have had to use a ratchet strap to help pull the axle in place. but it usually happens on large springs and having to droop the one side so far, the axle will shift forward or back.
not that this would have helped as some are more of a bear than others.