My cruiser is leaning. I ordered the shim from CCOT and it came with a longer center pin. Do I need to install this longer pin? If I do, what is the easiest and best way to remove the old center pin from the leaf pack.
I went to Birfield.com > Archives > landcruisers > Search String > "Steve Bennett" > Sort: In Reverse Chronological Order gave me this: (from 3 March 2005)
Okay, I'll share mine.
Job: Install shims to correct caster angle.
Wrong Procedure: jack up cruiser, put jack stand under little bracket that
holds spring leaves parallel, use wrench to undo spring pin nut. The pin just
locates the spring perch, right?
Result: As nut comes off spring pin, whole spring pack comes apart with a loud
"bang" and, since the little bracket is now only attached to one now-free
spring leaf, jack stand gets ejected from underneath cruiser.
Saving Grace: Wheel placed underneath frame in case "something" happens. Tire
takes weight of cruiser rather than owner's chest.
Lesson: Use c-clamps to hold spring pack together and use frame to hold vehicle
up, not springs.