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Got rearended and leafsprings are buckled, need new ones.

Discussion in 'Explorer - Ranger Shocks, Suspensions, Lift Kits' started by MidnightRebel07, March 18, 2012.

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      Glad to hear it's getting fixed, so this isn't affecting the new job is it?
       
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    3. MidnightRebel07

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      Luckily my wife is taking an extende leave from her work tobe with our son (5.5 months old) so I have been taking her Mountaineer.

      Unfortunately the spring shop either ordered or was shipped the wrong springs (thinking they're for the Explorer/ Ranger) because they are way to flat to be for the Sport Trac and the front eye hole is too small for the bolt to fit in it. And to boot I get to replace the rear leafspring frame bushings/ sleeves thanks to "the rust belt", the shackle bolt is seized in the sleeve so I cut the old bent shackles off just to get the springs off. I'll post pictures in a little while.

      Needless to say, I'm not a happy camper...
       
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      You need those bushings for the frame or did you get them already? I have a set if they are the same as the explorer.
       
    5. MidnightRebel07

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      I need to get a set. Where did you get them and how much?

      Here's a couple picture's of the Trac as it sits without leafsprings...

      All jacked up ready for surgery.
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      Truck's up on jack stand with the rear end on another set and one under the front of the diff to keep it level.
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      The bushing with the bolt cut and stuck in it.
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      I don't remember the cost, but they came from toulsey ford, but they had a great price. Part number for the 2nd gen bushings (not sure if they are the same, they look similar) is F57Z 5A546 AA. If you are headed out this way any time I got this set still in bags from when I did my springs but mine are good and didn't get damaged. What part of town are you in again?
       
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      I'm up on the Northside of Pittsburgh.
       
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      nooooooooooooo! not the black trac! at least youre ok and your trac doesnt look to be too badly damaged. i know how much of a pain it can be dealing with insurance companies but look on the bright side, you've been talking about replacing your leaf springs anyway!
       
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      How'd I miss this thread?

      Glad to hear you're okay, and that you finally got the check for insurance. Can't wait to see what kind of lemonade you make out of all of these lemons!!!
       
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      Yeah, it sucks seeing it just sit there in the driveway. All I can do is go out there and play some Johnny Cash and Jamey Johnson on the stereo to cheer her up every couple days. Should've known when I picked up the leafsprings today they were too small, not enough arch. I'll take pictures of the Sport Trac springs side by side to the wrong Explorer springs tomorrow. I'd stay up an b.s. more but I gotta be up at 4a.m..
       
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      Ouch, didn't even see this thread when it came up! Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad to hear everyone's ok. Can't wait to hear your tracs up and running again, gotta be one of the nicest tracs on here. Btw, if you're feeling really stressed out about all this, I suggest paintball. Great stress reliever.
       
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      LMC Truck's aren't usable? They're only 100 bux a side.
       
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      Not sure on your time table for those bushings, but if you determine they are the right part number they are yours. I can shove them in a box and mail them your way, assuming you are not down this way anytime soon.
       
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      Ok, thanks man. I'll try and find a price on them, I'm only seeing them being sold with new factory shackles.
       
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      Sporty97... Ok, looking at the pictures of the bushings you have they are the same kind I'm looking for. I'll pm you my address so you can send them my way. How much did you want for them?
       
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      Here's some pictures of the shackle/ frame bushings pressed and beat out, PITA doesn't describe it.

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      Me too! Glad you are ok man. Hey, new parts new parts! Sucky way to get them though..
       
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      Ya, really bad way to get them since they're SO hard to get. The truck sitting for 2 weeks now is killing me and Matthew (my 6 month old) isn't liking it very much either, he loves riding in it, hearing and feeling the loud rumble of the exhaust. Everytime we go somewhere he looks right at it as I put him in my wife's '97 V8 AWD Mountaineer. He stare's at the picture of the Trac on the laptop and on the picture's on the walls.
       
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      O.k. so thanks to the awesome family (site members) I already have the impossible to get upper shackle/frame bushings from Vince (Sporty97) and will have a set of leafsprings soon from Steve (ncranchero).
      Huge Thanks again guys !!! :salute:

      Here's some picture's of the new bushings installed...

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      For future reference, those of you who don't have a Balljoint tool kit (which I do but didn't feel like getting out of the shed) you can use a BFH (Big Fudging Hammer) and a 1 1/16" box end wrench to beat in the bushings.
       
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      Those look like so much fun to install!




      NOT! :p:
       
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      I used threaded rod, some nuts, big fender washers and a big axle nut socket and it sucked them right in....
       
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      Did you get them out with a BFH? I've read they are a nightmare to get out
       
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      Yeah, you can see in the one picture the old one is all bent up. I used the BFH and a air chisel cutting bit to get them out. I'll probably put two tack welds on each side to make sure it stays put. I don't have to do this but I'm a safety nut.
       
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      Thats the other tool I read about having to use! My drivers side is just about seized in there.
       
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      If you want, bring your truck down one of these weekends and we can replace the bushings on it.
       
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      I appreciate the offer ALOT and that'd be awesome, but I should probably change my location. I'm in Charleston, SC for a few years. I don't want to change it because this place sucks!

      Thanks alot though Midnight
       

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