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Droppin my rear
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Post Post subject: Droppin my rear
Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 04:04 AM
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Hi all,

Well I've finally started dismanteling the rear suspention. Researched it good and thanks to the members posts (endless hours of reading) I feel I'm in good hands.
My baja is jacked up high as I mentioned in my intro. It looks sweet but it rides like a brick ! So I 've decided to re-index the torsions. They are stiff, no wait they're solid. I can barley make the back end bounce.
I started out putting the car up on stands -16". I hope this is enough to relieve the tension? Removed the wheels, shocks and proceeded to remove the spindle nut, !#*/>!@@!~ no way it would'nt move.This was not suppose to happen, I was so discouraged Sad . My impact gun should have eaten that right up. IngersolRand should have done the job right? I looked up the torque value of the nut and it should be torqued to 217ft/lbs according to Bentleys. I'm sure I'm going in the right direction, right hand thread yes?. Well I decided to carry on and see what more I could be surprised with. The diagonal arm bolts were next, 17mm allen and away they went. Spring plate bolts no problem except the cover had some stress added to it from the bushing via the great stress on spring plate and torsions (they are soooo loaded it's freaky Shocked ). All the bolts and nuts are loose and waiting. Spindle nuts are next so I can remove e-brake cables and then brake lines. I should'nt have trouble with the rest of course untill I re-index and then it's a whole new adventure.
Thanks and I'm hoping to update all soon, oh ya whats the best way to post pics?
P.S. Feedback is always encouraged and greatly appreciated. Idea

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Post Post subject: Re: Droppin my rear
Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 04:52 AM
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Be careful with that preload on your torsions! Also, is there another reason you're disassembling the rear end other than re-indexing? I've messed with mine quite a bit- even changed the torsion bars altogether. I ended up removing the shocks, removing the axles, removing the tires, disconnecting the trailing arm from the spring plate, then I just hoisted the trailing arm up out of the way and secured it in place with a tiedown strap. It was high enough out of the way that I could work on the spring plates that way. Granted, my arms are 3x3, but hopefully that'll still work for you, and you can avoid screwing with that axle nut that way.

A buddy and I made ourselves a spring plate tool. It's a plate that bolts to the spring plate just like the arm does. It's notched, and we use about an 8' pole that attaches to it for leverage to move the spring plate up and remove the bolt/bar assembly that limits travel, and then use the pole to hold the spring plate in place while the other guy taps the spring plate outward so it'll clear when you lower the pole. VOILA! All the preload is off, and you didn't kill yourself!

Hope that helps some...

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Post Post subject: Re: Droppin my rear
Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 06:44 AM
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What he said.^^^^^^^^^ No need to disassemble the whole thing just to re-index.

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Post Post subject: Re: Droppin my rear
Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 06:14 AM
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Thanks guys,
The great tips will help out tons. I never even thought about swinging the arm up Rolling Eyes . I was all geared up to remove the whole thing. Re-indexing was the only plan for now, though I figured I'd check things out along the way and right anything that might look out of place while apart.

I got thinking about the rigg az and his pal made up , I grabbed some paper and sketched up something along the same lines. I was thinkig about using the jack and chain method along with a turnbuckle for added control when unloading. I thought it out some more and decided to merge these two methods. I fabricated it up today and can't wait to try it out . I'm taking pics, need time to get on photbucket soon....

Wednesday calls for rain, no yard work. Very Happy It's spring season , we had a brutal winter and there is a ton of dead wood that fell. I really dont mind, it makes really good fires for marshmellos along the summer months. So Wednesday night is show time, of course I'll have a good friend at the venue to assist with any bull work , oopps I mean re-engineering.

My torsions are so loaded, theres no droop at all. You guys got droop dont you? I need droop.

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Post Post subject: Re: Droppin my rear
Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 05:40 AM
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Well finally got to it. As far as getting it right the first try let me say Haa to that. This is a process that takes time to perfect. I really wanted a plush soft ride. ABSORBTION was the word.
I was anxious to try out the adapter I fabricated. I decided to merge the jack and chain along with an idea az350x dropped. I was tickeled pink it went so well Laughing This unloaded the torsion bars with smooth controlled movement and no dangers of killing yourself Razz Even when it came time to load, it worked out sweet.
Thanks for the hints and here are some pics.

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