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Author Topic:   removing rear end
shotokanbuff
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted December 23, 2002 10:40 AM
Ok, first, I'm a rookie. In everything on the car pretty much. I understand the logistics and mathematics of the suspension and the basic for the engine. I am toying with my car I bought, and want to take the rear end off and see what springs are on there. Is there a wrong way to do this? I have it up on jack stands(4), and have my rear wheels off. Is there an order to do this, what I should be bracing, etc....I unbolted the RR spring at the bottom, near the rotor, but stopped at that point, as I didn't want stuff falling off, breaking, or anything worse. I have tried to research it but haven't found much info on specifics. I learn better if I do things myself, hands on, that's why I'm doing the wrench work myself. Thanks for your help!

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted December 23, 2002 12:01 PM
leaf springs or coil springs?

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted December 23, 2002 02:54 PM
Support your car on jack stands on the frame and let the rear end hang as far as it will. You should be able to get your springs out like this. If you need to get the rear end out of the car, put a jack under the third member and have a couple of budies help you. Unbolt it with the jack under it and two people holding the outsides and then just let the jack down and roll it out.

shotokanbuff
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted December 24, 2002 12:26 PM
Coil springs

outlawstock17
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Total posts: 620
posted December 24, 2002 01:15 PM
disconnect the lower shock mount with the weight on the springs. use a floor jack under the 3rd member. jack the car up about a foot and put jack stands under the frame and slowly lower the jack. the weight of the car will be on the stands and the weight of the rearend will be on the floor jack. lower the jack just enough to allow the springs to slip out of their seats. it's advisable to keep the rearend supported. if you don't the rubber brake line could be strained.

Jimhobby02
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted December 25, 2002 10:28 PM
Outlaw said it all. If you your rear springs are short enough, you do not have to unbolt the shocks.

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