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Old 02-14-2007, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How-To: Install Leaf Spring Helpers if interested(With Pics)

Well, I didnt' know if anyone was interested, but I have recently got my hands on a set of leaf spring helpers, and the instructions are to choppy, I decided to do a little research on how to install them....
After a Long time of searching and googling, i didn't find a how to, but I saw someone explain how he put them on to help out as "traction Bars", so with some of his explaination, I set off to do it myself seeing as no one here has done a install on these...These are relatively cheap to try if anyone is wondering, the cost around 25-30 dollars from any auto parts store and help out in traction, the reason I got them was because of all the wheelhop I had....

Tools...I needed a 19MM deep socket, a 14MM socket, and a 14 MM wrench..





Here are the materials that all come in the box...



1st of all, you have to find a place to put them on to...I found a place to install them, I didn't want them to touch anything but the leaf springs, so I put them about an inch from the shock mounting plate....



2nd, one I have an idea of where I want them to sit, I hook one side up and put the screw that comes with the kit to hold it up on one side..



3rd, I pick up the rear and slide the u-bolts through the little plate that comes with the kit, slide the washer through it, and loosely bolt them in place, I did the same with both sides...and now the spring should sit almost where you want them to sit...



4th I set it where I want it to be, make sure it doesn't touch anything else, and tighten the front bolts with the wrench on one side and the ratchet on the other side...after I tighten in down from botch sides, they have a bolt that should sit in the middle of the screw, turn that one the opposite direction, so they can sandwich the bracket with the two bolts..



5th with the 19mm, I recheck the alignment, center the helpers to the leafs, and tighten them up all the way...



Lastly, I double check every bolt is tight, and that it doesn't interfere with any other parts, and do the exact same to the other side...and KABAAM!!!
ur finished

this is the finished view of how they sit on my truck...



and here are some more pics of the truck because I feel like it HAHA





I'm not sure if this is needed, but I figured, since the instructions confused the living beans out of me, I might as well let the guys know how to install them as these are inexpensive ways to improve your traction....oh, by the way...........

speedbumps here I come



any more questions, feel free to ask away.

Jorge
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arent spring helpers supposed to go on top of the spring.. ya know, to help it?

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actually those ones look like they go below... i retract me previous statement.

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Did they eliminate any wheel hop?
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Did they eliminate any wheel hop?
that seems like the question...

and i'd like to see PROOF!!!

that means a sold burnout without and skips or chirps!!! hahaha
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I just got through doing a test drive, they eliminated about I'm sure 85-90% of my wheelhop...I used to get wheelhop all of first and some of second...now I can roast all of first and some of second, when I starts catching traction tho it does hop JUST A LITTLE....so that's a BIG Improvement, because I can turn a corner, stomp it, and go sideways!!!! that's great because I used to be able to do that along with getting a feeling my bed was about to fly off.....for 25-30 dollars, there's not much you can do to beat it.... O yea, I don't have a camera to get a nice roast...I still have my sisters digital camera from when I went to the Houston meet a month ago...LOL, so no vids...
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sounds good!!!
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how are those speed bumps treating you?
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What kind of drop do you have on your truck???
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