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Old 07-21-2009, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default Front Spring Tower Replacement 92-96 F150

The front shock / spring towers on my '95 2wd F150 were rusty with heavy scale & needed replacement. Since the truck has 64,000 miles, and the rest of the body frame in great shape, I figured it's worth replacement. Here's a few pictures of the right side replacement.


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Below is a picture of the coil spring retainer (top of spring)

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The hammer tip points to the spot where the brake line & brake hose are joined. There is a spring clip that needs removed after the brake line is loosened. Make sure to use CRC Freeze Off (frees rusted threads), and cover the flare of the metal line with a piece of 3/16" ID rubber or vinyl hose (plugged with a bolt at one end). The capped hose will keep the line from emptying the master cylinder.

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Here's the rubber suspension stopper. It's bolted on the underside of the spring tower.

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Here's the bolt underside the removed spring tower. You'll need to transfer this to the new shock tower.

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Removing the bottom coil spring retainer/washer makes the job easier. A deep well 1.25" socket & long 1/2" drive breaker bar was used.

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There are 6 rivets that need removed, 4 on the frame side & two underneath. I drilled each rivet with a 1/8" pilot hole, then a 3/8", & finally a 1/2" hold. An air chisel knocked the heads right off, and a punch drifted out the other side of the rivet.

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Here's the spring tower removed. Note the heavy scale, a little picking revealed a hole near the area where the spring rests.

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Clean up of the frame is necessary to stop further decay. I used a paint similar to POR 15 and seems to hold up well.

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I used 1/2" x 13 threads per inch x 1.50" & accompanying nut, all Grade 8. A good hardware store or local Fastenall should carry or can order them.

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Nice job gearhead, If you haven't already put it in the "How to Section".
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Thanks Bill. I'll snap pictures of the completed job sometime later this week. I also replaced the radius arms as they had heavy scale & plan on keeping the truck another 100.000 + miles. I probably could have sandblasted the old arms, but at $70 each new, the old ones were not worth my time to sandblast.

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Where did you buy the new towers?
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Where did you buy the new towers?
Local Ford dealership had them in stock, apparently it's somewhat common problem. I think they were $80-100 each. One thing I'd definitely do is spray undercoat the spring tower before mounting. Then spray the nuts & bolts after installing. I plan on using Fluid Film on the entire underside, including frame rails & inside panels.

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I need this same part. (spring/shock tower). I have tried all 10 salvage yards within a 50 mile radius two dealerships and numerous parts stores. I've even searched online and I am not able to locate a new or used one. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP???
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My local Ford dealer (eastern PA) has them listed on their system and even has a pair in stock (Guy behind the parts counter says them keep those and rear spring shackles in stock all the time).

If your local Ford dealer does not show them - contact a dealer in an area that dumps tons of salt on the roads every winter.


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Hello Gearhead, Thanks for the pics of the tower replacement job. I have a 96 f150 4x4 5.0 and need to do the same. What did you replace the rivets with that you removed? bolts I assume was there access to put them in? Thanks maddog5487
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