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Springs / Shocks Myself

I fell like all I do is ask the dumb questions. I guess I usually know the answer but I'm looking for some confirmation.

I have front springs and shocks on the way to level it. I found the thread where the guy installed them himself and I'm fairly confident I can do it and then take it to a shop for the alignment.

Here are the questions.....

1. First 8k truck. I have 3 ton jackstands and 4k lb jack. Is that going to be enough to jack up the front end and safely keep it on the stands for the install? I can do the math I'm just wondering if since the whole truck isn't on the stands that it is safe to do. Whattayou guys think? Spring for heavier duty stands? Will the jack still be ok?



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Not trying to be cute, but how much will a heavy set of stands cost you, versus how much do you value your life?

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The 3 ton stands may not even adjust high enough to do the work. Mine didnt. I had to go get some 6 ton stands to install my lift. I think they were about $60 at the auto parts store.


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Good enough for me guys. I'll fork over the dough. How about the jack? Think it will lift the front end? I guess I could just try and see.
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Yeah it will lift it. I just did my Thuren with 3ton harbor freight stands and a 3.5 ton jack. I tell ya what though I didn't get under the truck with it on those cheap china stands. I undid the sway bar before I jacked it. If you are doing a Thuren coil you don't even have to disconnect the track bar. It's super easy install especially with the shocks on the outside of the coils.

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Yeah it will lift it. I just did my Thuren with 3ton harbor freight stands and a 3.5 ton jack. I tell ya what though I didn't get under the truck with it on those cheap china stands. I undid the sway bar before I jacked it. If you are doing a Thuren coil you don't even have to disconnect the track bar. It's super easy install especially with the shocks on the outside of the coils.

He is right. You don't have to disconnect the track bar. Just put the jack stands on the frame right behind the radius arms. Make sure the truck is jacked up high enough. It is a bit sketchy with the stands behind the radius arms but there really isn't anywhere else to put them. Buy atleast 6 ton stands


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