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post #1 of 41 Old 01-30-2014, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Leveling kit instal

Installing my 2.5" icon coils and alignment cams with PMF adjustable track bar next week. Seems pretty straightforward, just curious if there's any out of the ordinary tools I may need to get beforehand?

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I needed a spring compressor on my 2013 leveling kit install. I dropped the axle wayyyyy down and it still wasn't enough with out compressing them a ton.

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Really? I read through the instructions and it didn't say anything about having to use a spring compressor. I guess I'll try it and then if I end up needing one I'll go buy one. I wonder if O'reillys or anyone rents them out?


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I did an icon leveling kit on a buddies 2012 a couple of weeks ago, we didn't need a spring compressor at all. It was really close though.

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Curious, what are you doing with your old springs and rubber doughnuts?

If they are in decent shape, I may be interested in buying them from you.

You should be able to get a set of compressors at O'Reillys or Autozone or Advance, no problem. I think it all depends on how high you can get the truck or how low you can get the axle.

Your spring is probably around 16" compressed and the leveling spring is around 24" sitting in the box? Its just a game of inches played with big jack stands. Might want to try to do one side at a time, unless you have access to a lift...
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I have no idea what I'll do with them really, the springs have about 180k on them but as far as I can tell they're still working well. And what you mean by runner doughnuts?

I should have access to some pretty tall jack stands so hopefully I won't need a compressor. Any of y'all installed the alignment cams?


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I use a bottle jack in between the axle and the frame. Makes the coil install a breeze.
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I installed my 4" lift w/o a spring compressor. It'll drop down!

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A torque wrench that will torque down to 404 ft lbs for the frame end of the track bar. I couldn't find an affordable one or one to borrow so I had the alignment shop torque it down, also a front end service kit (ball joint puller) for the other end of the track bar. Everything else is pretty much straightforward: ratchets, breaker bar, etc.


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I needed a spring compressor on my 2013 leveling kit install. I dropped the axle wayyyyy down and it still wasn't enough with out compressing them a ton.
You can always loosen the frame side bolts on the radius arms and it should allow for some more droop.



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