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Author Topic: help! r/r rear leaf springs 71 trans am  (Read 758 times)
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« on: November 04, 2010, 06:43:13 PM »

hi all,ok car is up on jack stands (4), I disconnected the rear sway bar,the shocks,the drive-shaft,removed the t-bolts and the u-bolts and lower rubber pad that attach the leaf spring to the axle,and removed the 3 bolts that attach to the front eyebolt to frame,I think I should have removed rear shackles first but at this point I dont think it matters,my help question is with axle shafts supported also by blocks,there seems to be alot of tension still on the leaf,where should I be jacking or raising axles to make sure leaf is at its relaxed position so I dont kill my self removing ?any step by step? help needed..I was planning to remove the gas tank later to install a new sending unit,should I go ahead and do this now? I hear sometimes the rear shackles bolts are a bitch? 
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 09:32:06 PM »

you need the diff on a floorjack so you can raise and lower as needed...and yes the tank out of the way makes it much easier

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 12:17:25 AM »

Let the car sit on stands with the diff and springs hanging, unbolt the lower plates, shocks etc, lift the diff with a trolley will pop off the springs. you can then leave the diff supported by some spare stands and change the springs.


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