Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

Leaf Springs

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Bushings



Removal & Installation
  1. Remove the leaf spring from the vehicle. Refer to the procedure located in this section.
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  3. Position the spring eye in a press.
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  5. Press the bushing out with an appropriate size driver.
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To install:

  1. Press new bushing into the spring eye with an appropriate size driver.
    NOTE
    The bushing must be centered in the spring eye.

  2.  
  3. Install the leaf spring on the vehicle. Refer to the procedure located in this section.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Support the vehicle at the frame rails.
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  5. Support the rear axle with a jack.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Axle U-bolts
     
    Spring bracket
     
    Leaf spring
     

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To install:


NOTE
The weight of the vehicle must be supported by the springs when the spring eye and stabilizer bar fasteners are tightened.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Leaf spring
     
    Spring bracket
     
    Axle U-bolts. Tighten the nuts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) on 2001-02 models; 110 ft. lbs. (149 Nm) on 2003-05 models.
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Rear wheel
     

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  3. On 2001-02 models, tighten the front spring eye bolt and nut to 115 ft. lbs. (156 Nm). Tighten the rear spring eye bolt and nut to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Tighten the stabilizer bar nuts 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm). On 2003-05 models, torque the front and rear pivot bolt nuts to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm).
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CAUTION
The rear of the vehicle must be lifted only with a jack or hoist. The lift must be placed under the frame rail crossmember located aft of the rear axle. Use care to avoid bending the side rail flange.

  1. Raise the vehicle at the frame.
  2.  
  3. Use a hydraulic jack to relieve the axle weight.
  4.  
  5. Remove wheel and tire assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the U-bolt nuts, spring plate, U-bolts and spring seat from the axle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the nut and bolt from the shackle mounting bracket.
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  11. Remove the nut and bolt from the front spring eye.
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  13. Remove the spring from the vehicle.
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  15. Remove the nut and bolt from the rear spring eye and remove the shackle.