Re: Motor Mount replacement problem
BTW, changing springs is also a breeze...
Jack the truck up, use jack stands under the FRAME, take the shock out - hardest part is holding the shock shaft still while you are taking off the top retaining nut - then crack the lower ball joint, make SURE you have a floor jack under the lower control arm!! - then lower the control arm. Lift the spindle out of the way, you can use a coat hanger to hold it out of the way, then lower the jack all the way. This will take tension off of the sring sufficiently to pry it out with a pry bar. It will pop out of the TOP spring perch by prying on it from the bottom. When istalling the new spring you have to MAKE SURE (!!) it is seated correctly in the control arm. The spring tail has to be in the indent or you will not have the ride height you want. Look in the upper and lower spring pocket, you'll see what I'm talking about. You will most likely have to use your foot with a solid boot on it to pop the spring back in. Once it is in, seat it. Then jack the floor jack back up, connect the ball joint and install the shock. Some trucks come with rubber isolators on the top of the spring, I put mine back on, while some guys leave them out. They are supposedly there to insulate against road noise. Your call.
Sounds simple? Yes it is. I takes me about 20 minutes/side. 20 minutes is a magic number here...
Ok, maybe 30 minutes. Out of my six dimes, I have installed springs in 3 of them. Of course I have a lift and air tools, but it shouldn't be much worse without these tools. You will have to use jack stands under the frame - MAKE SURE you do that or you will be squashed.
Oh, and one last item - comparing your old spring to a new spring doesn't work. The new spring can be taller even though it is a lowering type unit. The spring wire comes in different ratings, so depending on the spring, there will be different heights.
S10 addiction: (1)'82 S10, 383, 700R4, Shorty,
(2) '85 S10, 3.4, 700R4 4x4 stretch cab (Redneck Truck), (3) '90 S10 2.5, 5 speed shorty,
(4) '91 S10, Built 3.4, 5 speed shorty (Voodoo Truck), (5) '92 S10, 2.5, 5 speed shorty, (Barbie Truck),
(6) '83 S10, 327, TH 350, shorty (13.00 best),
(7) '92 S10, 2.5 5 speed, Shorty,
(8) 1979 LUV, Buick 3.8 V6, TH 350 Shorty.