that is how the service manual says to do it, by removing his LCA. with lift springs it is a major pain to use that method, trying to line the LCA with the frame and bolting it back together.I seen a write up on this but it was for a drop spring and this guy just removed his LCA? By removing his LCA i mean he removed the the 2 bolts where it mounts to the frame
Tell your autoparts store guy he is an IDIOT!!!!:rant: All S10's come stock with the shocks in the middle of the springs (he should know that). You have to remove the shock before using the internal spring compressor.My auto parts store says that an internal spring compressor will not work for me because I have shocks in the middle. He recommends me to rent the external, but from all of your pictures I see that the compressor slides through the shock hole. If he has an external compressor, is there anything I should know before I use one? Thanks
if your stall having trouble, you can blame those stiff a$$ fabtech coil springs, those springs have a spring rate of 800 lbs per spring, most people can't even compress them enough because of the spring rate :rant:Done!!!! What a pain in the a$$!!!! Apparently, the spring compressor was a large one and the top of the bolt kept hitting the metal housing above keeping me from compressing it anymore. I finally learned that adding a few washers to the compressor allowed me that much more room to compress.
I also found that jack placement was "key" in this installation. With having the spindle installed on the LCA, you have to put the jack in towards the spring, which screws you up when you lift. You can only lift so high before the body starts to go up. Then you need a second jack(with a small head) to just barely grab the lip by the LCA's ball joint. Once you lift with this one and release the other jack, you can then scoot it back enough to get the small one in the right spot to do the job.
This may only be a factor with my jacks and not others. One of my jacks have a huge head on it and the other a small head, so maybe it is just me......but it's all said and done!!!!! My build thread is listed in my signature.