Removing the spring center pin?

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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.

Thanks, Mark
 

PabloCruise

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Not certain, but to do this safely, I think the spring needs to be unloaded, and then the spring pack clamped together with some big clamps...
 

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Search for posts by Steve Bennet (Bennett?) on the LCML archives at birfield.com

He almost killed himself trying to replace pins and posted up how to do it properly...
 
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I looked on birfield.com and could not find anything. If anyone knows where it is or has a link, that would be helpful.

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you will either need to put the shim in the leaf pack(clamped in with center pin) or you will need a center pin with a larger head or an extension, depending on the type of shim.

large c clamp works fine for holding springs when you pull the pin.
 

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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.

Steve Bennett
 
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sheesh.. i always take my springs off the truck to remove the center pin

but hten again, that could be why i can replace an entire 40 suspension in about 2-3 hours... way too much practice
 
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