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Old 11-09-2017, 12:22 PM   #11
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Keep in mind that the process of crimping the rivets mushrooms them, so if they aren't ground down flush with whatever you are trying to knock them out of they won't come nicely.
Yes! The holes in the frame and bracket don't always line up. So knocking ALL the heads off flush then removing the bracket may make it easier to punch out the rivets. may also have to do some more grinding on the ones where the hole was offset a lot.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:23 PM   #12
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thinking driver's side seems ok... perhaps passenger side wears faster because of the AC dryer above it?!?
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:49 PM   #13
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Before you bother trying to track down a spring compressor, try ADSM's method. Allowing the spring to go to full droop, you can remove it without compressing. That's what I did when installing my suspension lift. With the shock disconnected, you should get enough travel for the spring to fall out of the bracket.

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thinking driver's side seems ok... perhaps passenger side wears faster because of the AC dryer above it?!?
No, the passenger side goes faster because the power steering stuff is all on the driver's side. Power steering is also known as "automatic corrosion inhibitor system". It usually kicked in around 50K miles on 80s vehicles.
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Soooo, making sure I'm not missing your point... haha. You think the power steering slight leaks keeps things from rusting on that side? I suppose that is possible even though mine doesn't seem to ever loose fluid... I'm guessing maybe the passenger side is just more susceptible to staying wetter longer because of something...
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Spring out by letting arm drop.
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Alright, why can I upload pics from computer but not phone? :-/
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Released via different jack placement. Disregard previous post about posting pic. Seems the size was too large on pic.
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Wasn't that easy?

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