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Old 12-06-2003, 04:34 PM   #1
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can someone tell me easy installation steps for putting the rear suspension back in the sled. its for a 99 zl and am i supposed to put the bolts in the front arm first or in the rear? when we put the bolts in the front arm first we can't get the rear arm to match up and vica versa.
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Old 12-06-2003, 04:41 PM   #2
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Put the front bolts in first then unbolt the spring keepers that bolt to the rails above the sliders. That relieves the spring pressure and collapses the skid. The put the rear bolts in and rebolt the spring keepers with the springs in them back to the rails. It might require help from someone else if you have HD springs.
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Old 12-06-2003, 05:00 PM   #3
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put front bolts in first.jack the rear of the suspension up till it is close.then simply tighten the track until the rear holes line up.put bolts in and tighten.adjust your track tension and you are ready to ride!this is the easiest and fastest way.trust me.you should be able to do it in15 to 20 minutes start to finish. happy trails.
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Old 12-06-2003, 05:54 PM   #4
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A G -nice idea on cutting the spring slides.will try that one.nice to learn something now and then!
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Compress the suspension and use a tie down strap to keep it compressed and install. Did two this afternoon, hope it helps.
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A G -nice idea on cutting the spring slides.will try that one.nice to learn something now and then!
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i just put mine back together without compressing the suspension or anything. what a bitch. i put the front ones in then had a friend on the floor, hold the bumper and put his feet against the suspension and push until the holes lined up. what a pain.
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i just put mine back together without compressing the suspension or anything.* what a bitch.* i put the front ones in then had a friend on the floor, hold the bumper and put his feet against the suspension and push until the holes lined up.* what a pain.
Yeah, it's a fight alright... If you unload the rear springs, it's a piece of cake.

One thing to look out for when you unload the rear springs is make sure the lower shock mount on the rear shock is up & away from the track by approx. 3-5". The distance may vary between different sleds.

If you notice the bottom of the rear shock mount is within an inch or so of the track, spin the mount back up before re-installing the skid or re-mounting the spring.

This can only happen when the rear spring is unloaded. Once the spring pressure is on, it can never come back down into the wrong position.
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thanks for all of your information. we ended up trying it the way stan black posted and it went almost perfectly. he said in about 15-20 minutes and it went in about 10! Grinjump we also did it without cursing unlike yesterday.
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