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Old 03-02-2017, 08:18 PM   #1
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Just bought a new spring isolator for the rear drivers side. FELL OUT AGAIN? How can I keep that sucker in there?
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how does it fall out??
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Zip tie it to the spring? How does it even fall out?
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Im not sure. Apparently its popping out or something. Im going to call the shop and see if theyll pay for the next one because they charged me $54 each for two. Im going to start doing my own work, just hesitant because I'm not too savvy.
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Im not sure. Apparently its popping out or something. Im going to call the shop and see if theyll pay for the next one because they charged me $54 each for two. Im going to start doing my own work, just hesitant because I'm not too savvy.
Are you sure they even installed it in the first place? Sounds like you were either charged for nothing or they installed them wrong somehow.
On stock springs you have to get the rear in the air with axle hanging full droop, unbolt the shocks to let the axle all the way down and then pry off the bottom of the spring attached to the axle to get the springs off and then get the isolators which if I remember right are tight on the spring, not like they just randomly slip off. I don't see how they could possibly fall out just driving around unless you are on some weird lowering springs that don't extend enough to make contact with the body when the axle is a full droop and then you jumped a ramp and got airborne so the axle could be fully extended and then a bird flew under the car and grabbed them off.
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quit with the Dukes of Hazzard imitations
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Gotta love it when JD goes off on his tangents
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One does not simply lose spring isolators


Seriously, those things should be under spring pressure held in place, even with the axle at full droop with the shocks connected. At $54 a piece they better be giving you some good ones. I have used some in place of the stock isolators before form O'Reilly's that are $10 for a PAIR. I still don't know how one would be falling out though
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i tape mine on with electrical tape in 3 or 4 spots.
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Cut springs? That spring shouldn't be hanging loose at droop anyway.
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Yeah. Theyre loose when I jack the car up. I can reach in there and move em around with my hand, freely. They pretty much fall out when I jack the car up.
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Well, then you have a spring issue. Probably cut stock ones. And that means unless you secure the isolators to the spring this will continue to happen. Of course you might be doing this to raise the car up some because when folks cut springs it is hard to know how much and they really have no idea how it effects the ride. Because you gain rate from cutting but not typically enough to counter the lower height.
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So buy some ACTUAL lowering springs, not just stockers cut. Got it.
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How difficult are they to replace?
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How difficult are they to replace?
Support the car on jack stands, at the frame, with a floor jack supporting the rear axle, unbolt the lower shock bolts then lower the jack. Springs should readily be removable, at this point. Place new isolators on top of springs then place the springs in the seats on the axle, with the "pigtails" facing forward. Raise jack and reinstall shock bolts.

If you're worried about the isolators falling out again, you could also secure them to the underbody of the car with a bead of RTV on the top of them, before you put them back in place.
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