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How big of a pain in the neck is leveling your truck with outta lift, i aquired a tuff country 2in lift for cheap and our shop is full for the next decade it seems like. i got the tools and jack stands and what not, just didnt know if you had to have a lift or not i dont knwo how far you have to drop the axle to instal the spacers.

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Should be able to do it with a set of jack stands and a jack from what i hear.
 

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Mine is a 05....but I did mine in the shop in about 1.5 hours. I went all out though...I didn't use the spring compressors...I don't trust em. I raised the truck and put on stands. Took the wheels off, put a floor jack under the spings and calipers, then took off the bolts on top that hold the brake calipers and stuff all together. Lowered the whole unit down very easy until it all released. I ended up putting my spacers in the bottom cause no matter what I done, they wouldn't go in the top. 10k miles so far and no problems what so ever. If you're even a little handy with tools...it should be no problem. Just sit and look at it for a minute and run it through your head at every angle and look at your bolts to be removed!! Good luck with it!!
 

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My pops and I did it to my truck in about 2 hours. You have to unbolt the bottom bolts that hold the shocks in place and the top 3 bolts that hold the top of the springs/shocks in place. We jacked up one side of the axle at a time untill the spring would compress all the way and then we wrapped it tight with a chain so when we let the axle back down (after setting jack stands under the frame), the spring stayed compressed and it made it easy to slide it out and put the spacer up in place. The drive side worked with no problem, but on the passenger side, we had to unbolt the swaybar for the axle to drop down far enough to pull the spring out. You shouldn't have much of a problem at all. Good luck :thumbsup
 

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Ya its easy did in my drive way with a floor jack.
 

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I did mine with a bottle jack and a floor jack. I used the bottle jack on the passenger side to push the axle away from the frame. I didn't use a spring compresser cus i scared.:lol3: It only took about an hour but I was on a mission.
 

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What brand are you guys putting in? and what tools were required besides the jack? Did you guys that are just using the floor jacks use spring compressors or can it be done without it?
 

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I did mine with a bottle jack and a floor jack. I used the bottle jack on the passenger side to push the axle away from the frame. I didn't use a spring compresser cus i scared.:lol3: It only took about an hour but I was on a mission.
Hey I have a Harbor Freight spring compressor. My girlfriend always laughs at my "cheap Chinese POS" curses. Guess that tool does have the potential to really amuse her!

Dieselgoose, K2 has one.
 

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i did mine by myself in about 2 hrs, but i used the really crappy spring compressors that are meant for a gas burner from autozone....talk about scared of losin a finger, or arm! well i got it done, but i definately wouldnt recommend those compressors...but all in all, not that hard. good luck
 

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I did mine with a bottle jack and a floor jack. I used the bottle jack on the passenger side to push the axle away from the frame. I didn't use a spring compresser cus i scared.:lol3: QUOTE]

This is how I had to do mine too. I also had to unbolt the upper control arm on the passenger side. Took me about 2.5 hours by myself.
 

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Unbolt the sway bar and jack the truck up from the frame. That'll give you enought room to get the spring out without using a spring compressor. I needed a bottle jack on the pass side between axle and frame to clear the spring though. Took a little over 1 hour.
 

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i did mine by myself in about 2 hrs, but i used the really crappy spring compressors that are meant for a gas burner from autozone....talk about scared of losin a finger, or arm! well i got it done, but i definately wouldnt recommend those compressors...but all in all, not that hard. good luck


yea those from autozone are a death waiting to happen... tried using it and it came flying off and bout took my head with it so i got a BIG piece of all thread and two pieces of 3/4" steal and compressed mine the "redneck" way but it was a LOT safter then that autozone JUNK
 

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Also did my own. Hell Bent is the kit i went with, it was only like 70 bucks. Pretty simple to install. Comes with directions. All you need is a floor jack and some jack stands and some hand tools.
 

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Like everybody said. get your frame up on some jack stands and use a good floor jack for the rest. Drop the track bar is all about you need to pull off and tires of course. Also you might want to look for a good adjustable track bar as the axle will be off centered with a 2" leveling kit.
 
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