Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans

Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans (http://www.f150forum.com/)
-   1987 - 1996 F150 (http://www.f150forum.com/f10/)
-   -   important question (http://www.f150forum.com/f10/important-question-75885/)

jaceporter 01-03-2011 06:07 PM

important question
 
i bought a coil spacer for my 94 f150 2wd to lift the front 2 inches and it should be coming in tomorrow. i need to know if the coil sits ontop of the spacer or if the spacer sits ontop of the coil, or if it goes in between the coil to stretch it out. thanks for the help

BigIrish 01-03-2011 06:14 PM

It should come with instructions, but if it doesn't use these tips:

1) It will not go in the middle of the spring. That would do very bad things.

2) Most cars/trucks with coil springs have springs which have different ends and can only be loaded one way (up/down). The frame and suspension will have different pockets that match. The spacer should be shaped to match one pocket, but not the other.

3) To do this job, you will probably need a spring compressor from an auto-parts store.

4) Sometimes, sticking the spring and spacer together with tape can help for installation.

jaceporter 01-03-2011 06:20 PM

thanks for the help. i think i know what you are talking about. ive noticed that the top of the coil it is smaller than the rest of it. i think i can picture how it will go. but do you or anyone know the ease of installation? im gonna use the instructions when it comes in im just wondering how much time it will take

CRAZY 01-03-2011 08:06 PM

Ha, I can say with experiance, that there is nothing easy with springs.
Just take it slow and try not to get pissed.

flareside_thunder 01-03-2011 10:06 PM

Unbolt the caliper and hang it on the radius arm, unbolt the shock, unbolt the radius arm, and make sure you have a jack that has a really high lift. I'm sure I don't need to tell you this, but do one side at a time.

BigIrish 01-03-2011 10:27 PM

Suspension stuff is usually straight forward, but time consuming. Your best bet is to go out today and spray down all the nuts and bolts with penetrating oil (see thunder's post), then do that again when they come in the mail, then wait a day and spray them again just before you start wrenching.

hiredman77 01-04-2011 09:24 AM

2 Attachment(s)
Well from experience:

It goes on the bottom. Did you get the longer stud with the spacers? You will need one of those.

The nut that holds the bottom of the spring is kind of a bear cat so soak it real good. Then be sure to tighten the bottom nut again after you drive it a bit, they tend to loosen a little as the spring gets seated.

Here are some pics of mine so you get a little perspective.

in the 2nd pic you will see that I used a socket instead of an end wrench to get the nut off. I just put my 1/2" ratchet through the spring and it made quick work. Then I just used my magnet to pull it back out through the top of the spring before bolting the top side back together.

You will need to drop your radius arm waaaaaay down to make room for it. Be sure to get everything unbolted before doing this: spring, shocks, caliper supported ( I didnt have to take mine off bc I have extended break lines), sway bar, ect.

YOU WILL NEED AN ALIGNMENT so be sure to have about $150 bucks ready. They will need camber bushings to get you back to par and often times charge $20-40/side for the bushings.

Any questions just let me know.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2006 - 20011 F150forum.com