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2003-2010 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 8″ Long Arm Suspension Install Instructions

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

STEP Installations of Long Arm Suspension on Dodge Ram 2500/3500
1. Working on the driver side, remove the stock sway bar from the stock sway bar end link. Repeat the procedure on the passenger side. Now remove the stock sway from the stock end links and let the stock sway bar hang. Special note: Step # 1 needs to be performed with weight of the vehicle on the ground. If this step is not performed with the weight of the vehicle on the ground, damage will occur to the stock sway bar end links.
2. Block the rear tires of the vehicle so that the vehicle is stable and can’t roll backwards. Safely lift the front of the vehicle, and support the frame with a pair of jack stands. Place a jack stand on both the driver and passenger side. Next, remove the tires and wheels from both sides.
3. Place a pair of hydraulic floor jacks under the front axle. Place one on the driver side and one on the passenger side. Carefully raise up on both hydraulic floor jacks at the same time until the hydraulic floor jacks come into contact with the front axle.
4. Working on the driver side, remove the stock nut that connects the stock tie rod end to the stock pitman arm. Save the stock nut for later re-installation. Using a hammer, carefully break the taper on the stock tie rod that connects to the stock pitman arm. Special note: Take special care not to rip or tear the stock outer tie rod boot. The new pitman arm has a reverse taper on it, after the new pitman arm has been installed; the stock outer tie rod needs to be rotated 180 degrees.
5. Next, remove the stock nut and lock washer from the sector shaft on the stock steering box. Save the stock hardware for later re-installation. Using a pitman arm puller or a 2- jaw gear puller, carefully remove the stock pitman arm from the stock sector shaft. The stock pitman arm may be discarded.
6. Open the hood of your vehicle. Working on the driver side, locate and remove the upper stock shock nut. Also, remove the upper stock shock retainer washer and grommet. The stock nut, retainer washer and grommet may be discarded. Repeat procedure on the passenger side.
7. Working on the driver side, remove the (3) stock nuts that hold the upper stock shock tower to the stock location. Save the stock nuts for later re-installation. Set the upper stock shock tower aside for later re-installation. Repeat procedure on the passenger side.
8. Working on the driver side, remove the stock lower shock bolt from the stock mounting location and save the stock hardware for later re-installation. Carefully lower down on the hydraulic floor jack holding the driver side axle about 2”. Remove the stock shock and the stock coil spring from the stock location. Save the stock upper coil mounting ring and the stock isolator for later re-installation. The stock shock and the stock coil spring may be discarded. Repeat procedure on the passenger side.
9. Working on the driver side, remove the stock hardware that connects the stock track bar to the stock location.
10. Working on the driver side, remove the stock brake line bracket that connects the stock brake line between the stock upper and lower control arm mounts on the axle. Repeat procedure on the passenger side.

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