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Old 02-17-2011, 01:37 AM
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R/T leaf springs

I've got some R/T leaf springs I plan to install that weekend. It looks fairly simple, but I'm always open to tips if you have them.

One specific question I have is what size the torx head is on the bolts on the leaf spring eyes? I don't have a torn driver big enough, so I'll need to buy one before I install.
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I've got some R/T leaf springs I plan to install that weekend. It looks fairly simple, but I'm always open to tips if you have them.

One specific question I have is what size the torx head is on the bolts on the leaf spring eyes? I don't have a torn driver big enough, so I'll need to buy one before I install.
You'll also need a torch and air hammer if they've never been out.
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I was a bit worried about that. Any idea on the torx head size?
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Hold on I guess I'll check since it's in the garage.
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Sorry, I don't have a driver big enough.
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If you'll have to buy one I can borrow from my neighbor tomorrow to check the size. Don't count on it coming out without heat and an air hammer though.
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I'll do what it takes. The R/T springs have good bushings in them, so I'm not worried in the slightest bit about saving the bushings from the old springs. They are probably just going into the trash.

I tried checking my Haynes manual, but it didn't list anything about the torx driver size.
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I have the torx bit but to lazy to check. You don't need it anyway if it is not in lock state, unfortunatly most northern trucks are in a seized state. You can use a dog bone along with a socket on the nut side, thus not needing the torx bit.
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They'll pop right out with heat since you aren't worried about the bushings. It you need the TORX size still tomorrow let me know and I'll get a bit from my neighbor and check.
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I have the torx bit but to lazy to check. You don't need it anyway if it is not in lock state, unfortunatly most northern trucks are in a seized state. You can use a dog bone along with a socket on the nut side, thus not needing the torx bit.
They should break loose with heat, if not grind them off.
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So I'm assuming if they are stuck, I'll need new bolts, is that something that is easy to find at autozone? What do I need to know to get new ones? Size, length, etc?
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So I'm assuming if they are stuck, I'll need new bolts, is that something that is easy to find at autozone? What do I need to know to get new ones? Size, length, etc?
Not sure, honestly I've taken mine off like three times with the same bolts. Heat up the nut and she'll break free. I guess if they break take some measurements. Length, diameter, and threads per inch.
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Cool, well I'll just see how it goes then.
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Something I noticed on a buddies Jeep Wrangler when we were replacing his clutch. The leaf springs have greaseable bolts on the spring eyes. As in there are grease zerts built into the bolts so you can grease your spring eyes to keep the bolts from seizing to the bushings. Not sure if they will work for our leaf springs, but would be awesome to use.

As far as tips. Before you torque down the spring eye bolts lower the truck down to put weight on the leaf springs.
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Thanks, that's what the Haynes said as well. Why is that exactly? I guess it would twist or something when weight would be applied?
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