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    Default Replacing Leaf Spring

    Im in the process of taking the leafspring out of my silverado 1500 (never played around with suspension repairs before).

    I have a jack stand on either side of the axle, is this enough support for when the leaf is completely out? It seems to me that the area would almost completely fall/flop down on the one part where there is no suspension.

    Is there anything else you'd recommend doing?
    Any advice/tips would be really appreciated.

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    What year is the truck? Are you just replacing one leaf or both?

    If it were just one leaf, I'd put one stand under the axle near the leaf, remove the u-bolts, drop the rear then the front... if its an older truck, hit it with some penetrating oil a few hours/days beforehand, and hope to god the bushings aren't seized onto the bolts. An impact gun helps, too...

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    hahahaha..
    Thanks Abeo. Its a 2000 Chevy, and only one leaf (driver side if it matters)
    Ive been religious with the WD-40, and im pretty sure the bushing is seized onto the front bolt.

    Them bolts are tight!!!
    Bringing out the impact gun tomorrow morning.
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    3 foot breaker bar from princess auto helps, too

    get the torches ready...

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    This works much better than WD-40.

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    You should use the jack stands under the frame. Then use a floor jack to support the axel when you remove the leaf.

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    Originally posted by anothers10
    You should use the jack stands under the frame. Then use a floor jack to support the axel when you remove the leaf.
    Yeah, thats what you should do... apparently I wasn't thinking when I posted

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    If you can't get those bolts to budge, try using a blow torch.
    Let them heat and cool a few times while doused with the penetrating lube, that action helps draw it into the threads.
    Also, WD-40 is not a penetrating lube. Use something like FiveFreshFish posted, PD Blaster, or something similar.
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