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Old August 31st, 2012, 01:18 PM
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Rear trailing arm instalation

Are there any tricks to swapping the trailing arms? I picked up some new Rockware ones and I am going to tackle the job tomorrow. Any advice is appreciated

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Old August 31st, 2012, 01:29 PM
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do them one at a time with the car on the ground

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Are there any tricks to swapping the trailing arms? I picked up some new Rockware ones and I am going to tackle the job tomorrow. Any advice is appreciated

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Old August 31st, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Support the frame with jackstands and do one side at a time. Make sure you have a prybar or spud wrench handy.

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I needed a prybar and a spud wrench! like others said though, do one side at a time and have a little patience. I also spread the ears on my axle tube a little to allow the bushings to slide by a little easier
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Old August 31st, 2012, 02:30 PM
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Thanks for the advice. The Rockware ones are 1/4" shorter so should I pull the bolts in the second one or is there enough play to get the first one in there?
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Old August 31st, 2012, 02:38 PM
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Ratchet strap is what we ended up using to help close the distance a little.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Use a drift not your finger to line up the hole at the axle end.
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Use a drift not your finger to line up the hole at the axle end.
This.

Using chucks for the rear tires isn't a bad idea either - but you'll need to move the wheel forward just a hair to get the shorter arms installed.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 03:38 PM
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I have straps and comealongs that I can use to get the axle pulled into place but won't that put a bind on the other one, or do you just have to beat the bolt out?
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Old August 31st, 2012, 05:07 PM
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I lifted my truck when I did this, just to take some pressure off the springs and propped the axle in order to take the wheels off, much easier like that. Soak everything 24h before. It's good to put new nyloc nuts, I think they're m16.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 06:33 PM
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I lifted my truck when I did this, just to take some pressure off the springs and propped the axle in order to take the wheels off, much easier like that. Soak everything 24h before. It's good to put new nyloc nuts, I think they're m16.
That's how I did mine. The job was very easy with the truck lifted. You can raise/lower the axle as necessary to align things.

I would also use some anti-sieze on the threads since these parts are in the splash zone.
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