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Rear Leaf Spring Comparison

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The rear install goes down pretty much like the front with the exception that the rear axle must be supported before the U-bolts are removed. The BDS springs have a heavy arch and lining up the bolt holes can suck. Install the shackle, then the spring eye to the frame bracket. Install the shackle-to-shackle hanger bolt last. Our factory brake hose was too short, so we purchased a new brake hose for a ’78 J2000 pickup, which gave us the additional length we needed.