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Old 12-31-2011, 02:28 AM   #1
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hello, now iv heard 2 different things on this, thats why im asking. ill be installing f250 coil springs whenever i get around to it.

now iv heard you need a spring compressor to get the stock ones out and iv heard you dont need one.

what is the real answer?

ill be doing this at my friends shop using his tools, he has a spring compressor but since its the holidays he is slammed with business so its hard to get a hold of him.

this will be on my 96 f150
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Dont need one. Just unbolt most everything and you may have to put some pressure on the TTB down, to get the space to get it in. I put coil blocks in, and I dont remember it being that difficult. Soon to do F250 coils
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Dont need one. Just unbolt most everything and you may have to put some pressure on the TTB down, to get the space to get it in. I put coil blocks in, and I dont remember it being that difficult. Soon to do F250 coils
yea thats what i first heard, but then i heard someone else say you cant drop the axle down enough to get them out, maybe they were talking about a solid axle?
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Probably, or they didn't unbolt everything to allow the axle enough slack to move out of the way. You can make anything fit if you unbolt enough stuff. Hahaha
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Probably, or they didn't unbolt everything to allow the axle enough slack to move out of the way. You can make anything fit if you unbolt enough stuff. Hahaha
lol ofcourse! im finding out working on engines aint the hard part, its working on them while there in the truck that gets you
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No need for a spring compressor
Just unbolt the big center bolt and top retaining bolt and your shock and let the axle droop.
And FYI there isn't a 4x4 truck made in the past 30 years with a coil sprung front solid/ttb axle that requires a spring compressor to remove/install coils
On them. So many guys think they need them so they go buy
Cheap spring compressors that aren't made to compress a big trucks spring and they bust and get hurt!
There only really needed for struts. Because when the weight is off a coil spring there is no tension on it.
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sounds simple enough lol. so let me try and write a step by step of how to remove the coil, i may miss the smaller steps.

1-jack front of vehicle up and block everything
2-remove tires
3-place floor jack underneath steering knuckle on the side your working.
4-loosten bottom bolt on shock
5-loosten top bolt/clip on top of spring
6-let the TB drop slowly till you can remove bottom bolt on shock easily
7-then lower more till you can remove spring
8-remove bottom bolt on spring and reverse process to put f250 springs in.
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Ya. Just get the truck up high enough and supported on the frame soothe axle can sag. Then put the jack under the side your working on and go up just until the axle is supported. Remove all bolts let the axle down and pull your coil out.
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Ya. Just get the truck up high enough and supported on the frame soothe axle can sag. Then put the jack under the side your working on and go up just until the axle is supported. Remove all bolts let the axle down and pull your coil out.
yup, sounds simple, the springs have been taken out before and replaced with rough country leveling springs about 2 years ago, but they sagged on me. so all the bolts shouldnt be horrible to get off. if i dont run into any snags and have everything i need, id imagine it will take me around 3 hours if i take my time and do it all right, thanks guys. if i got anymore questions ill ask lol.
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Oh and if need be, loosen the bolt on the end of the radius arm to allow for more slack for the axel to drop down to get the springs in. I've replaced mine twice and my brothers friends yesterday. It's not hard and took me about an hour or so a side.
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