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Old 09-22-2007, 11:14 AM   #1
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This morning I am trying to replace my rear springs with some heavy duty springs..I thought it would be easy, but I can't seem to open the gap between the axle and the lower plate to remove the old springs, I am trying to do one side at a time..It seems the the rear axle and engine and lower skid plate are all one unit..Any help would be appreciated
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Old 09-22-2007, 02:46 PM   #2
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Did you loosen the U-bolts? Put a jack under the engine cradle/rear end and jack stands under the cart frame. Loosen the U-bolts and lower it with the jack.
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help Rear Springs

I just did mine today.
Raise the cart:
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Support the axle, remove shock nuts, ubolt nuts, and spring nuts and bolts:
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A picture of ECC's spring kit (Thank's Ron - they came in on Friday!), you get new u-bolts and spring bolts, but you need to re-use your existing nuts:
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Pop in the new springs, finger tight all the nuts till everything is back on:
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Once everything is on, go back and tighten all of the bolts. I had to put the weight of the cart on the ground to get the shocks back on....
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:18 PM   #4
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I was trying to do one side at a time and that will not work, need to loosen both sides to get it to drop so the springs can be removed,I think..
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:41 AM   #5
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To be honest, the hassle of "saving time and work" of doing one side at a time id really not saving you anything. You're just creating a bigger headache for yourself. Drop it, stuff the new ones in there, and bolt it back up! You'll be much more satisfied with the ease of doing it that way.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:01 AM   #6
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Sometimes there's some dirt or rust holding them on (at least on a full sized car) wack them with a mallet and they'll fall out. I did the job in 30-40 minutes.....
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:26 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info will try again in the morning..
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:56 AM   #8
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I got the springs on yesterday, much stiffer now..total cost $43.30...
Still had a issue getting the springs between the upper plate and lower plate..The gap was only about 3/4 of a inch, the new springs were about 2 1/2 inches tall. Ended up removing the shorter leaf and the bolt holding the springs together, after the springs were installed I put a bolt thru the lower plate, springs and upper plate with a nut..Glad it is done can move on to other items..
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:02 AM   #9
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If you got new u-bolts just get a die grinder and cut the old ones off should take no longer then 1/2 hour to change
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:21 AM   #10
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The old u-bolts worked fine...When I started this project the old u-bolts were extending about 3/4" below the nut...

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