Just got MetalTech spacers! (DIY)

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Saturday, I picked up my new MetalTech 2” front coil spacers! These things are beefy…
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I decided to do a DIY install so that everybody can see how easy it is to get rid of your stinkbug stance...

The Install:
Tools required- floor jack, jack stands, basic socket set.

The first thing I did was do a base measurement. From floor to fender was 39”.
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Then I got the truck on jack stands.
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And removed my tires.
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Note- I don’t have my swaybars anymore, but if you still do, I would recommend disconnecting them from the axle.

Next step was to remove the shock at the bottom mount.
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Note- At this point, the only thing that is holding up your axle is the friction in the bushings. Make sure that you don’t over-extend your break lines!!! I never had a problem with my 4” longer SS lines, but I did keep my floor jack under the pumpkin just in case.

Then you need to get the springs out. I am running OME “J” springs, so I have to step down on the rotor a bit to get enough room to pull the spring out.
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Next you will remove the bump stop at the top spring mount. Just two nuts and it falls.
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Now attach the bump stop to the spacer. I used the original hardware for that.
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Now reattach the bump stop and spacer to the bump stops original location. I used the included nuts and washers.
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The springs go back in next. Because I have J springs, I needed a little help on this part. My camera man had to stand on the rotor while I set the spring. It was just a bit to tight for me to do myself. (Or I am a bit too skinny, which is probably the case.)
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Jack up the axle so you can reattach the shock. And, if you have them, sway bar.
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Bolt back up the tires and you are done!
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Before everything settled, this is where she measured.
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After driving around the block it seemed to settle out perfect.
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And of course you gotta test it!
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Overall, I am really impressed with the quality an fitment of the MetalTech spacers. These boys know how to do things right. It’s nice that we now have an option of getting a spacer that is taller than 1” (MetalTech sells 1.5” and 2”) and is metal, so it will last the lifetime of the truck. Great job guys!
 
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Very informative post. Thanks for taking your time to take some pics. I didn't know we had any other choices out there other than the 1" spacer. Looks good, A little battered, but good!;)

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LOL! That's the good side! These are a new product from MetalTech. The 1" spacer is all the choice that we used to have. Last week MetalTech came out with these and I jumped on them. As stated earlier, these things are extreamly well built and, IMO, the only option in regards to spacers.
 
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Thanks for taking the time. Nice write-up, good pics. Curious, how did you know to go to 2" spacers? Measurement of difference between front and back, on level ground?
 

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Thanks for taking the time. Nice write-up, good pics. Curious, how did you know to go to 2" spacers? Measurement of difference between front and back, on level ground?


I didn't... I just used the bigger is better princapal! To be honest, I don't have any bumpers or any of my stuff loaded. Who knows how it will sit when it's done. But for now it looks awesome!
 

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Nah. It's a little darty at times, but still not bad enough for me to go thru all the headache of correcting it. Besides, my 80 will be 3-linked in the front eventually.
 

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I didn't realize that they were making one. I think that Mark at MetalTech is going to do a 3 link on his and I was planning on stealing his research.:flipoff2:
 

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I have 6" springs going in tomorrow. I couldn't stand Js anymore, even with spacers I am sitting way too low and it is VERY bad about swaying.
 

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I know the feeling. If I was to do that, I would need to make sure my wife put a dent in her Runner... She won't let me wheel it until she bends it up first. Apparently she has seen me wheel before!
 

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