A correct installation must result in the suspension and axle being “loaded” within the range specified by axle and suspension manufacturers. Please check vehicle specifications and intended usage to insure axle will be within Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). No alteration of any suspension component is permitted. Link Mfg. Is not responsible for damages from improper installation or operations beyond design capability. Link Mfg. In its sole discretion shall determine whether or not any product is defective or otherwise covered by warranty.
- Check the vehicle wheel alignment prior to installation to insure no precondition already exists; record the information for verification.
- Remove the attached body, if applicable. Remember to disconnect all electrical connections to the body, and fuel filler tube, before removing the body. The installation can also be completed using a lift to raise the vehicle. If using a lift, chassis body removal may not be necessary but removal of rear wheels will aid in installation.
- If not using a lift, block the front wheels and apply the emergency brake so the vehicle cannot roll.
- Jack up the rear frame of the truck in order to unload the rear leaf springs (or use an overhead hoist). Do not lift the wheels off the ground (if not using a lift to install the suspension). Do not jack on the axle itself.
- Install the suspension in the listed sequence. Install one side of the suspension at a time. First, install the driver side completely, then install the passenger side. Removal of the rear wheels may aid in installation, but it is not necessary.
- Measure & record the wheelbase and centering dims before beginning installation.
DRIVER SIDE DISASSEMBLY
1. With weight taken off the rear springs, as noted in pre-installation checklist, remove the rear leaf spring hanger bracket and the rear overload spring bracket. See Figure 2-1. These can be removed by grinding, or air chiseling, the heads off the factory-installed rivets, and using a hammer and punch to remove remainder of the rivet.
2. Remove the front spring hanger bracket and the front overload spring bracket.
3. Remove existing U-bolts that attach the axle to the leaf spring and keep the OE U-bolt plate for
later use. (See Figure 2-3) After this is done, the axle, spring, and hanger will be loose. Remove the spring and hanger from the axle.
4. Remove the OEM shock absorbers and retain the mounting fasteners for later use.