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why is it that wjen i am putting my rear suspension back in my sled the bolt holes don't line up?

i got the two rear bolts in, but it makes the front shaft about a 1/2 inch away from the hole, and there doesn't seem to be any way to move it.

what did i do wrong?

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are you trying to put the skid in with the shocks already bolted in?

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Try using a ratchet strap on the suspension to collapse it a bit as you put it in...

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DITO a rachet strap will do the trick

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if you take tension of the rear springs you can move the rear swing arm real easy. just unbolt the front retainer.

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I usually get the front bolted in first and than use a car jack to lower the back of the sled until the holes line up. You may need to depress the suspesion an inch or two to get them to line up perfectly. I use my other arm to push it down while i thread in the bolt, hurts a bit if you have studs but it does the trick! hope that helped!
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yea, i have every thing bolted in including the shocks.

i din't know if there was any other way?

see my problem is , is that even with the rear springs unloaded, i cant sem to flex the suspension very easily, its not that anything is siezed b/c i can move it when its out of the sled, its just hard for me to do it while its under the tunnel.

by the way, what is the
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use a strap, leave the springs and the shock attached, taking either of them out will make more work later. makes a lot easier if you have another set of hands, i tried by myself and i couldn't get it in, buddy came over and it was about a 5 minute job!

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yea, i have every thing bolted in including the shocks.

i din't know if there was any other way?

see my problem is , is that even with the rear springs unloaded, i cant sem to flex the suspension very easily, its not that anything is siezed b/c i can move it when its out of the sled, its just hard for me to do it while its under the tunnel.

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the front torsion spring retainer. it also helps if you tip the sled on its side

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Jack the rear of the sled up as high as you can get it.
Put the front skid bolts in first.
Take the pressure off the springs - (remove them from the little holders).
Put a floor jack under the rear of the skid, and you can jack it right into position.

I've done it myself many times over. It's SIMPLE. No wrestling with it, no compressing the skid, no cursing, and no army of helpers required.

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you can also use a short pry bar to move the rear arm into alignment, if you do not have a strap to use, better than fighting with it. Then you do hot have to struggle to get the springs reconnected.

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As long as the sled's butt is a foot or so off the ground, you just put your knee under your hand, and push your hand up using your leg power. The springs go in quite easily that way. Not much of a struggle, even at their stiffest setting. I've tried it without using my leg for lifting, and it's almost impossible.

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ok... so i got the 4 bolts in to hold the rear suspension.. but

i had not coneected the 2 big rear springs into the pastic holes ont the boggie wheels in the middle, now it seems the reach of the arm on the spring is too long and i t won't go into the hole... what should i do now?

do i need to unbolt the rear bolts again?

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put the retainers on the spring and then bolt them on.

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Whenever I go to put my rear skid in I just use the track tension bolts (tighten them) to align the rear bolt holes (after putting in the front 2). And everything is attached/together on the skid when doing so.
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Like sesnopro said...

Remove the plastic retainers, slide the springs into the retainers, then bolt them back on. It helps to use your leg under your hand for extra leverage.

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