Learn how to replace rusty leaf springs, shackles, and leaf spring mounting brackets in your truck or suv. I also show how to replace leaf spring bushings and remove the rust and undercoat the frame of your vehicle. We lift the truck in the process by using Chevy/Dodge lowering shackles which fit the Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series trucks.
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my instructor told tome to always use breaker bar first to loosen the nut. and then, use rachet after. the way you use rachet first definetely miss use the handtool and wil reduce your rachet life time. it's a basic mechanic
Trooper using all those hand tools. Really shows that people can do this at home. But if you can pull the bed off. It makes it easier. Also you can paint those hard to reach spots. Its what I did on my ranger to do my mounts.
@ChrisFix, I know this is probably a noob question but you keep mentioning torque in your vids: (torque the nuts to xzy lbs). How are you torquing to an exact amount? Is there a gauge on the ratchet or is it that clicking sound. "so many clicks"?
I am an auto technician and wanted to see how your videos were, I'm very impressed at how thorough and well made your videos and your instructions are accurate as well as clear. Great job, I highly recommend this channel for the backyard mechanics or anyone wanting to save a ton of shop labor $$
Very helpful video. Here's my experience. Shackles were facing the opposite direction for my 2000 Ford Ranger 2.5 liter RWD. Leaf spring bolts would not slide out. So, I used an electric grinder with a thick 4.5 inch disk to cut through the front lower part of the spring eye end loop, allowing separation. Grind through on the bottom, but forward of the bolt. I used propane to burn the rubber directly about 8 minutes and then pryed the spring free (still on the front).The rubber smokes, liquifies and generally makes a disgusting mess. Clean prying tools of the melted rubber with WD-40. I also avoided heating the front mount since it was still good. Try to avoid changing the mount's heat treatment. This is not my favorite technique, but it worked. I think oxyacetalene would be best to cut through all though. Be very sure to shield the gas tank from grinding sparks and wear goggles that seal completely around your eyes. For the rear, I used the grinder with a thinner wheel to cut off most of the shackle finishing with a hacksaw. A sawzall would have been faster. Next, grind the rear mount bolts on the spring side flush. Remove the mount. Knock the studs through. I used a 3' break bar/cheater pipe with 20 year old Kroyl on all nuts with no problem. U-bolt nuts required a very deep socket from Home Depot. Torque shackle-to-mount before installing. Think carefully about rear shackle and mount install sequence. I removed the spare tire for access. For the leaf spring, mount U-bolts and torque. Next, install rear spring to shackle eye bolt. Do not torque yet. Front of spring was last. To align front of spring I used a floor jack under the differential, another jack under the spring front eye area and a 2' crow bar vertically between the rear eye and the frame. Pull the crow bar with your foot to align the front eye. Get that eye bolt in and give a big cheer. It's on jack stands the whole time. Finally, lower the truck then torque the eye bolts while the springs are weighted. Yes, I jacked from the differential because I know shops do it. I did it outside. So it took a day each side. I also cut 2x4s to make a solid jack stand platform about 1' high. Kinda scary with it that high. So, I used a 3rd jack stand as well as the tires under it for safety. Also, be very sure the spring is not loaded when you grind through and separate it. Hope this helps somebody. Be careful and good luck.
ChrisFix, your videos are inspirational on so many levels. I watch a video and immediately want to try it myself. Your attitude is fresh and appreciated, i've never seen anyone work on a vehicle without swearing like a sailor 45mins in. If you haven't already, you should market your "ChrisFix" branded tools/wooder etc.. make T-shirts and other ways for your fans to support you. I'd be in for a ChrisFix Ratchet set if some soapy Wooder came free! Keep it up, much love from Mississippi.
So what is the consensus on the undercoating? If rust removed, and properly prepped with the rust reformer, is it a good thing? My truck has a fair amount of surface rust and I'd like to work on cleaning it up, but want to ensure I do it the right way. I've learned a ton from Chris and would like to use his method but want to make sure it is indeed the best way to go.
I love your videos. Thank you for all these great helpful videos.
I live in California, but I did live in Pennsylvania for 6 years and remember working on my vehicles with rusted bolts and parts. I don't miss it. No rusting issues in sunny Cali.
I'm really curious to know what gloves you use. Any I've ever used don't last long before ripping or tearing.
Hey Chris ! Been watching your vids since Super Clean, love your work and youve helped me in so much ways I cant explain! I was wondering if you could possibly do a vid on a DIY paint job? Im a DIY guy myself and possibly looking at repainting my front bumper, and im sure many people who watch your vid that can relate on fixing some paint work on their vehicle! Just a suggestion!
Awesome channel! Got a question, do you think any car is restorable no matter how old, got an old 18 year old car that's pretty much totalled 'cause it's just not worth doing any work on it but could be a really cool DIY project.
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