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How to Replace Leaf Springs and Lift your Truck

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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. Torque Wrench: https://amzn.to/2NzkkKi Rounded Bolt/Nut Sockets: https://amzn.to/2NFpyUL Extendable Ratchet: https://amzn.to/2xAdD0E 12 Ton Jack Stands: https://amzn.to/2OQExHY Rust Reformer: https://amzn.to/2Ie8i2S Undercoating: https://amzn.to/2IdoXE1 Leaf Springs: https://amzn.to/2N07AHA Shackles (for lifting the Ranger/B-series): https://amzn.to/2NAACm1 Leaf Spring Brackets: https://amzn.to/2NB2zue → Become a ChrisFix Subscriber: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=paintballoo7 → Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisfixit → Website: http://www.ChrisFixed.com → My Channel Home Page: https://www.youtube.com/ChrisFix **If the video was helpful, remember to give it a "thumbs up" and consider subscribing. New videos every Week** Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, I cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. ChrisFix assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. ChrisFix recommends safe practices when working on vehicles and or with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not ChrisFix.
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ChrisFix (1 month ago)
I hope you guys are ready for what I have been working on... It's going to be an epic next few months. That's all I gotta say about that. Also daily updates here: Instagram.com/ChrisFixit And what did you think of my new shirt/design I was wearing at the end? Want one? Make sure you hit that notification bell so you can get updates when I post the next YouTube videos!!!
Luis El_menor (2 days ago)
Will the shackles you used work on a 2000 explorer?
James Kanipe (2 days ago)
when is your next video going to be up?
Fry1022 (6 days ago)
Sweet shirt. I definitely want one! Greetings from Toronto
Nolan Edits (8 days ago)
ChrisFix my auto teacher shows us your videos instead of showing is 😂
mara tabak (30 days ago)
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
Karl Clements (3 hours ago)
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.
Steve Nichols (10 hours ago)
Hey Chris, where do you get all your torque values for the bolts & such for different cars?
Why Angelica (11 hours ago)
@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"?
Gospodin Coek (16 hours ago)
When will you do drum to disc brake ?
pyro 323 (1 day ago)
Ford owns Mazda now. I don't know if you noticed or not but your truck is the same as a Ford Ranger just different badges. Great video Chris FIx.
Jetdanga_ lenciano (1 day ago)
Hi chris, i would like to ask, if is it possible to paint it with any color you qant after you paint with a anti rust? Hoping you could help. Thank you
Octavio Altamirano (1 day ago)
Did you ever do the video on the trucks bracket conversion? I was really looking forward to that video. Thank you for all your detailed and lively videos.
vinicius sousa (1 day ago)
You are amazing!
John C. (1 day ago)
great tip on that hydraulic lift!
LehrenMaster825 (1 day ago)
Hey Chris, I suggest watching some of Project Farms videos. He does lots of tests for the best oil, lubricator and other stuff. I think they're cool and might help in finding the best supplies.
Sundown audio (2 days ago)
This shit is NOT simple work. It can take you a few hours to complete.
mz35z (2 days ago)
Veey helpful video as always, man. Do you know if those shackles would fit a 96 explorer?
Tisagh Chase (2 days ago)
Whats the difference, in terms of results, between using rust reformer liquid or spray?
See En zu (3 days ago)
install some nos
Aldo Hutagalung (4 days ago)
Thank you for your videos (from Indonesia). They are blessings and full of noble purposes. God bless you Chris
Keith Shergold (4 days ago)
You rule, man. My truck is getting pretty crappy. You've made a video about just about everything that's wrong with it. I'm going to fix it.
John Ranieri (4 days ago)
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 $$
nur man (4 days ago)
my channel is better))
Abhishek Deshmukh (5 days ago)
How to correctly know what torque is needed to tighten the nuts?
Chevrolet Trailblazer (6 days ago)
Hey Chris I have a 2005 f150 and want to install just drop shackles how would you say I do this do i do what you did on the viedo or another way
900bz (6 days ago)
I have to replace lug nuts on a car do i need to lift it off the ground to do it properly or can i leave it in the ground replacing one nut at a time
GrandPrix LI (6 days ago)
Ive heard about rubberized undercoating trapping water in between the metal and the coating causing terrible rust, is that something that could happen with this type of undercoat?
mspider12 (6 days ago)
That’s not “rust”, that’s cancer from road salt.
Sushi (7 days ago)
oh hey, i didn't know you can use your rear differential as a jacking point.
Paolo Kurman (8 days ago)
Bro your videos are amazing, i will use all the videos i need when I will but my first car (Peugeot 106 xr). Keep it up like this, you're great!
Michael LaPierre (8 days ago)
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.
ESS SNAKEYT (9 days ago)
You used to be PaintballOO7!!?? Okay den
lisa lynch (9 days ago)
When will you do a face reveal chrisfix
Derek Parker (10 days ago)
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.
The Plow Guys (11 days ago)
Ah man, that looked way to easy Chris. Tell us the truth.....How much cursing did you do???
goffa1325 (11 days ago)
is there a lift kit, and level kit video?
whateverman (11 days ago)
Man, this is bad of me to say, but I like it when stuff goes wrong on your truck...means you get to teach me how to fix it on mine! Love the new content, brother.
baker Baker (11 days ago)
that's funny a couple months ago I had to replace them on my truck and my friends truck
EmiZ (11 days ago)
How i know when i replace my spring?
Valeriy Tomyev (12 days ago)
@ 7:46 why did you put card board boxes? Just a bit confused lol
ChrisFix (11 days ago)
To block the harsh sunlight which causes high contrast with the camera gear and then you can’t see.
Javier Garcia (12 days ago)
Chris Fix more like Chris Flex
Ella Rosemond (12 days ago)
stop spraying me ):<
apple user 184,285,789 (12 days ago)
Rust is just gross. I hate rust more than anything would rather eat a cockroach then have a car as rusty as that. Not saying you are a bad owner just saying I hate rust with a passion.
Al Jr (12 days ago)
Wow just wow dude amazing.
William Bertrand (12 days ago)
So who else has no intention of fixing their vehicle, just finds this man's voice majestic?
santeri. (12 days ago)
make video where you fix that dent on your truck
Dini (13 days ago)
use wd-40 its easy to remove something
Marko Pecurica (13 days ago)
I don't know why I'm even watching this when mine car does have leaf springs lol
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William Malernee III (13 days ago)
I've been watching you for a long time now man. You have by far the best videos out there and I have fixed so many things on my own truck because of your help
wolf north (13 days ago)
love your video, you are making repair, modification an enjoyment, keep on and thank you.
PRODVDi (13 days ago)
Looks like Chris hasn't gotten round to doing that rear disc conversion
Special Dude (13 days ago)
can somebody count how many times Chris sprayed the camera? atleast the camera is going to be safe
sarah cook (14 days ago)
Lonnie Bradford (14 days ago)
Hey Chris where can i get those shackles at I’ve been looking everywhere can’t seem to find them? Help me out!
Michael Hiltz (15 days ago)
Yo what happened to the drum to disk brake conversion video?
Nico Stenfors (15 days ago)
Thanks to rubber coating my Isuzu PUP is broken in half (bed resting against the cab)
Jon Andersen (16 days ago)
hell yeah. love it
Unknown Messenger108 (16 days ago)
I love your channel. Keep up uploading useful videos. When you torque your leafs 70-80 torque pound, is it standard or each SUV is different?
edison t (16 days ago)
You know a lot about car and you sound very young , how did you learn so much about car and at the same time you explain it very clearly?
Yung boi owen (16 days ago)
Close your eyes at 5:25
Simeon Brewster (16 days ago)
@4:42 or use an impact gun...
ChrisFix (16 days ago)
If you have one, sure!
Julian Pastor (17 days ago)
Thx Chris now I can tell my dad how to fix our 12 yr old suv
Alan Romero (17 days ago)
Would the leaf springs you linked fit my 08 nissan titan??
Qw3rtyYT (17 days ago)
how many lens spray did chris did since his first upload?
Robloxian Bigtn12345 (17 days ago)
Wow I did this under 40 mins
NPC #45301239 (17 days ago)
2:32 Aren't you NOT supposed to jack from the diff?
ThatGamingSoup (4 days ago)
Not from an oil or trans pan, but i think diffs are ok
cheese toucher (14 days ago)
on a truck? sure you can...
Zevea (18 days ago)
Idk why but these vids satisfy me and I’m a kid .-.
Jesse Brailey (18 days ago)
Consider yourself lucky. My leaf spring went right through my trucks bed while I was driving. It was terrifying.
TKDkid (18 days ago)
TheRealDarkKnight (19 days ago)
Chris can I use that rust spray on my brake rotors ??
Stone Kleeber (19 days ago)
Everyone is freaking in the comments but he didnt even use a cutoff wheel 😂
Jo G (19 days ago)
Shouldn't the eye bolts (front leaf spring bolt) be in the hundreds of ft Lbs? On my charger the manual says something like 150ft Lb while the rear shackle bolts around 40 ft lb.
Booger Balls (19 days ago)
Do a tube vidya on how to rebuild and install a transmission. 10 dolla make you holla. You have the best channel in the universe.
animalcorvair (19 days ago)
my 92 chevy k1500 still has great springs ..put a lot of wood on it guess it was a good year
animalcorvair (19 days ago)
it gets fluid filmed best stuff to stop rust
Chester So (19 days ago)
Chris, hope you have videos working on diesel engines. Thanks.
Angel Ramos (19 days ago)
Chris makes everything look easy
Bob Van sand (20 days ago)
Does yr rustconverter goes from black to grey...because of chemical reaction chris? Mine goes from rustcolour to black...is transparent out of the can though....
Wipsplash (21 days ago)
Putting Loctite on the bolt then re torquing it later is incorrect.
blackout11691 (21 days ago)
Fricken Awesome!!!
KWC Designs (22 days ago)
"Carefully tap it out" Abuses it with a mallet
Antoine Eric (22 days ago)
How do you get bolts out if they break? Too much rust, buy a new car.
Ben Krauss (22 days ago)
Man your videos make me realize how many tools I need to add to my toolbox! Lol
R C Nelson (23 days ago)
Let your fingers do the talking. This video is clear, concise, brimming with hints and hacks, and well-lit. Excellent work.
dufus (23 days ago)
ever use any penetrating oil?
Battletards 1 (23 days ago)
Will this video also be valid eith my tank?
Matt Austin 1022 (23 days ago)
16:46 spring is on backwards
golovemd (23 days ago)
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.
whyayvee (24 days ago)
I watch your videos and I don't even have a car😂
K4D3S (24 days ago)
Matthew Barlow (25 days ago)
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.
Ray Alli (25 days ago)
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!
D W (25 days ago)
Can you make a video on how to install backup camera
EricChannel (25 days ago)
Dang Chris is petty strong he lifted the whole car up at 4:35
justin landolt (25 days ago)
when you were spraying the coats, what did you do to spray on the top areas of the frame?
Rustic Shine (25 days ago)
My 99 silverado I fixed the leaf springs by throwing it to the junk yard. Frame had more holes and breaks in it then political promises
ThatGamingSoup (4 days ago)
Npt gonna lie. Thats a lot of holes. Maybe more than legal loopholes fpr tax evasion?
ThatrandomGTV6 (12 days ago)
Jousten Cosme (26 days ago)
Jousten Cosme (26 days ago)
Hey @chrisfixs I need help can u fined out what can be wrong with a seep Sensor in a honda accord 1998
Parker Africa (26 days ago)
Says carefully hit in the rubber then smashes it in
Korey (26 days ago)
That's Jersey salt city for you.
big dodge (26 days ago)
Im fourteen and i don't even have a car yet but its still useful to know so if i ever need to change the leaf Springs.
What is this drama? (26 days ago)
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.
PLAY BOY (26 days ago)
upload more recently
ChrisFix (26 days ago)
Here is the new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNhuDCVIydw
DENIN DANTE (26 days ago)
Dude, I’m really impressed with your videos. Especially your explanation while fixing. Thumbs up👍

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