C Channel Install

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I have a few questions about installing my new C Channels. About a year ago I cleaned up the frame, cut, pried, beat and cussed the old C Channels supports out. I also removed the rear spring hanger bracket to get the C Channel out and bolted it back in place. At the time I was installing a new suspension and did not have the new C Channels to replace the old ones before putting the truck back together. Fast forward, I have the new supports and need to install them. I have use of a drive on lift that can lift the truck from the frame and hang the rear suspension and axle.

Option 1: Lift the truck up by frame taking all the weight off the tires, remove the Ubolts, drop the axle. Hook a small come-along to the leaf spring and hold the tension while removing the bolts in the spring hanger. (Or should I remove the leaf spring from the shackle and hanger). Install the C Channel with new hardware and put everything back together.

Option 2: Same as option 1 but leaving the Ubolts on, hooking up the come-along the same but only doing one side at a time..

I am looking for the safest method. Also if you have a better suggestion I am all ears as I am new to this.
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Option 2.5:
Galvanize those suckers before installing them. They’ll never rust again.
As for your other questions- I have no idea
 
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I haven't done this job, but I don't understand why you wouldn't simply jack the car up, remove the upper shackle bolt and let the rear axle assembly rest on the floor while you bolt the c-channels in?
I think you are right. I have a hard time not overthinking something and just doing it. Thanks for the reply
 
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I was wondering similar. I was going to jack the rear end up to where I think the springs have no tension. Then remove the rivets holding the spring hanger on. But I dont really know what that measurement is. I dont want the thing to let go all of a sudden as I remove the rivet. At least yours are bolted in now so you'll see them separate as you undo the bolt if theres tension.
 
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Who made those channels and, approximately, what's the cost?
I had a friend make these from the old set I pulled out. He owns a fab shop that supports the tobacco business so they work primarily with stainless steel. My hope is that everything lines up when I go to install. The only place I am aware to purchase these from is Trail Tailor.
 

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