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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2019, 12:08 PM
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Now, if I just want to install rear adjustable shackles, assume I just have to jack correctly and use the ratchet strap method to finish the job? I want to make sure the spring won't unload when released. Suppose I can 'feel' the tension before pulling the stock shackles?
I think you can release all the tension from the springs if you drop the axle far enough. You'll have to jack the entire car up pretty high from the rear differential, place jack stands under the frame and then lower the axle all the way down until it's hanging from the springs. At that point you can place a second pair of jackstands under the axle for support before you remove the shackles.
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and this post by @11ORX https://www.thenewx.org/forum/4285498-post28035.html
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Got to tow the 6x12 enclosed trailer with the new leafs on this weekend and figured out I should have gone with the HD pack. I had to run 40psi where I'd have been at 30 psi with the OEM pack (before a leaf broke) and helper leafs. It was horribly windy Saturday and I was getting a good bit more side to side motion than I've experienced in the past. I could put helpers on again but I decided I'd rather just beef up the pack.

Called Up General Springs, they'll be sending me out what I need to add another leaf to make the pack into what it would have been if I'd ordered the HD pack. I'm kicking myself in the butt for wasting money and time but I knew I was taking a risk. I can say the X rides awesome without a heavy trailer and about 350# of tongue weight. I was ripping up the back roads and really enjoying using the S in SUV.

Thanks for the heads up on retorquing the U-bolts @Xorro, i'd read that but forgotten about it. I'll add it to the first post and retorque them tonight to see how much off they were.

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Turns out I ordered what's essentially an Add A Leaf from General Spring. In retrospect it would had been a lot cheaper to order the Heavy Duty pack and remove a leaf if I didn't like the ride rather than buying a leaf to put in the pack afterwards.

No problem other than the head height of the bolt they supplied that goes through the pack was 3/8", not 5/16" as the one on their pack came with. I installed the leaf, then realized after I got everything together I couldn't get the pack tight with the axle because the hole in the axle isn't deep enough for a 3/8" head, grind it down and it's fine. I also found I much prefer the U-bolts from Advance Auto to the ones I got from General Spring the first time.

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Got to tow the 6x12 enclosed trailer with the new leafs on this weekend and figured out I should have gone with the HD pack. I had to run 40psi where I'd have been at 30 psi with the OEM pack (before a leaf broke) and helper leafs. It was horribly windy Saturday and I was getting a good bit more side to side motion than I've experienced in the past. I could put helpers on again but I decided I'd rather just beef up the pack.

Called Up General Springs, they'll be sending me out what I need to add another leaf to make the pack into what it would have been if I'd ordered the HD pack. I'm kicking myself in the butt for wasting money and time but I knew I was taking a risk. I can say the X rides awesome without a heavy trailer and about 350# of tongue weight. I was ripping up the back roads and really enjoying using the S in SUV.

Thanks for the heads up on retorquing the U-bolts @Xorro, i'd read that but forgotten about it. I'll add it to the first post and retorque them tonight to see how much off they were.

Are your tires LT rated or P? Just wondering because I screwed up and bought the P rated AT II's a few years ago and have to keep them at 40 psi because of that side to side problem.
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Are your tires LT rated or P? Just wondering because I screwed up and bought the P rated AT II's a few years ago and have to keep them at 40 psi because of that side to side problem.
P rated, but they're the same brand/style I was running before I changed to the new leaf pack and I didn't have a side to side problem. I put the helpers from the old pack on for a couple weeks and the side to side problem went away while towing.
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