I worked on it on and off to day, had ball games to take the kids to and pick them up, so was only able to get one side done. I have had a hard time understanding what would take place with a difference of the kit for 33" axles and mine of 33 1/2 inch spacing? I am incorrect in my above post, the spacing of the axles can not move, due to the shackle holders are welded to the frame
but the angle of the shackles have to change slightly.
I found that I did not need to put the blue jacks like I have them under each side of the rear axle, I could have just had one under each axle on the side I was working on, ended up getting a 3rd jack to help me out that was easy er than wrestling around the other blue jack on gravel.
after I had the nuts removed each bolt had to be driven (pounded out) they all have serrated edges on the head end of the bolts, I did try a impact on one and spun it loose but it took away to much metal out of the hole for the new bolt to grip on to (for me ) that is. I had trouble pounding on this part of the shackle and had to put a C-clamp on it to take out the bounce so I was able to drive the bolt out.
once I had the bolts out (I did one at a time) than I had find something to drive out the old plastic collars (they are sooooo chincy) I ended up using a large bolt to start to get it to start to move, than found a 1/4 drive 1/2 deep well socket fit quite well to drive it the rest of the way out with.
the new bronze bushings or collar was a very tight fit, the instructions say to find something the same size to tap them in with? I found if I took the grease fitting out of one of the new bolts with the shackle on it, using a brass hammer was a nice way to hammer them back in.
I decided to put a grease gun on each bolt and see if grease would come out every hole in each bolt? and wouldn't ya know it their was one that I had to drill down a touch bit more so grease would come out.
this bolt was the only one that I needed 2 people their to help me line it up? i was not able to pull the axle over and get the bolt in at the same time.
so I wrapped a com-along around both axles and pulled it over and then it went right in.
so after its together the instructions say when you raise one axle the other should drop and it does, the front one drops almost to the point that I looked at it thinking that's to much? but I guess it has no where to go but back up?
the other side did the same
The rear shackles would not drop all the way down like the front did, I dont know that I under stand that?
one would not think from the size difference in the shackles that the ones I took off would be made to handle a load of 10,000 lbs being that the ones I put on are rated for 12,000 pounds?
the bolt holes were exactly the same
next question i,m wondering about is could their be enough travel for a tire to hit the top of the fender well on this rig?
I put tires on it and jacked them up until it got kinda tight and still had 4 inches left before the tire would hit, so good so far, will See what happens when the load of the camper back on it and I will make a 5 inch stair step for one tire to climb up on and see what it looks like then I guess?
I also question with all the movement that each axle now will have (that also helps take alot of pounding off the rig it self driving down the road) how well it could trail behind the truck? this rig trailed really, really well! that's one of the few things good I can say about it. I have to wonder if it still can trail as well as it did?
I,m not a fast worker by no means but very steady at it, so far I have 2 hrs cuttin the stumps and raising the camper and 4 to 5 hrs on the one side with several interruptions. now that I have everything I need to do the other side I think I could do it, in about 1 to 1.5 hr