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need help installing front springs on 2013 f250

I'm at a loss at the moment. Have the truck up on jack stands installing carli 2.5" leveling kit.

Removed track bar at frame side
Disconnected sway bar end links
Disconnected brake lines etc.
Removed shocks
Lowered axle as low as possible
Pulled out factory springs

Now I'm having a hard time getting new springs in as they are a couple inches longer and I was barely able to get stock springs out.

Helpppppp please! I must have missed something although ive done all the instructions step by step.
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Spring compressor, they have rentals at autozone.

If you can't get to autozone, i'd slide the stock springs back in, jack the truck up by the axle and put the jack stands on wood or something to make them taller.

Where are your jack stands? The frame?

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I would just go rent a spring compressor, I think it's free at autozone. Not too sure if they fit on springs as big as ours, but it's worth a shot. If it works it will go right in.
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Not opposed to autozone just a 25 mile drive. Have another vehicle tho. Have just read horror stories lol.

The break calipers are about 2" off the ground. My jacks are on the frame. If it was an issue with the truck not being high enough and the calipers hitting I could see it needingto get higher on the jack stands.

Could it possibly be that the radius arms need to be disconnected or something?
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You're either gonna need a spring compressor or get that bad boy up in the air more.

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You're either gonna need a spring compressor or get that bad boy up in the air more.
I dont know how that will help? Nothings hitting the ground
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Yes, I'd disconnect the radius arms. I know what you're saying. The new springs might be longer, but you still need more play in the axle, right?

I'd only disconnect one side and try it at a time. Once that axle moves, it's usually not fun positioning it back into place.

Side note, harbor freight also has compressors. And I think you'd be fine with a compressor, if you're careful you'll be fine.

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Bottle jack between the frame and radius arm. Gain a few inches easy.
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Wait, did you not remove the drag link?

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Wait, did you not remove the drag link?
No? Where is that? It did not list that in the instructions. On my way back from autozone now.
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