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Rear Axle Limiting Straps For Those On Lowering Springs

This is aimed towards those of you on B&G springs or cut springs mostly!

I have found that every time I jack my car up or put it on the hoist at work without supporting the rear axle the stupid springs fall out because they are so short.

I have come up with my version of an answer that is cheap and simple.

Tools needed.

- 21, 18 metric sockets. and 19 or whatever style lug nut socket you need to get your wheels off.
- ratchet
- extension
- some sort of torch or hot knife and or lighter
- jack
- jack stands
- tape measure

Materials or supplies needed

- nylon tow strap or something similar




First get your car properly and safely supported on jack stands just in front of the rear axle.

Use your jack to support the rear axle as you will need to raise and lower it during the job.

Pull your wheels off

then use the 18 and 21 mm sockets along with an extension if you want to remove the 2 bolts holding the shock on.







Once you have the shock removed then use your floor jack to adjust the height of your rear axle to the point where the coil springs are about to come loose and fall out. make sure they don't actually come loose though. at that point that is where you want to leave the axle at.

then using your tape measure. measure from the center of the top and bottom holes where the shock bolts up to.

this will be the length of your limiting strap. I came up with 14.5 inches. make sure to do your own measuring though it might be different for your application.

once you have done that it is time to cut the strap.

I used a mini torch to heat up my utility knife blade and melt/cut the strap. you want to make sure you melt it so the strap doesn't start to unravel itself.



I then used a large punch by heating the end of it to melt a hole in the strap for the shock bolts.





now just to install it. it is a little bit tricky to fit the strap in the top because it's a tight fit with both the strap and shock in there. I put the strap on the back side of the shock and slid them both up in there at the same time. then started the top bolt.

then just line up the axle with the bottom hole on the strap and push the shock up and run the bolt through the shock and strap and tighten down the bolts.





and once you have it all back together and the wheel back on, it is not very visible at all because the shock hides it.



Once you have done both sides and put everything back together and set the car back on the ground. the straps just have extra slack and nicely fold inwards out of the way of everything.



I found this to be an excellent fix for an annoying problem with short springs!

any questions about this just ask.

MAKE SURE TO PROPERLY SUPPORT YOUR CAR WITH JACK STANDS AND BE SAFE!!!!!

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not random at all for those of us on B&G's or cut springs. I have had people ask me about this problem so I came up with a solution
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not random at all for those of us on B&G's or cut springs. I have had people ask me about this problem so I came up with a solution
Very smart my friend did it take you a while to think of this?

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no not really. I am a minitrucker type of guy and this is a common thing with people running air ride suspension. you need them so that you don't destroy the air bag when lifting the vehicle to work on it.

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it is also a very common thing with 4x4 guys too
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no not really. I am a minitrucker type of guy and this is a common thing with people running air ride suspension. you need them so that you don't destroy the air bag when lifting the vehicle to work on it.

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it is also a very common thing with 4x4 guys too
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cool, I thought about something like this awhile back. My sportlines love to come off their perches when I jack the balt up, PITA!

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haha yeah i know!! see I wasn't sure if sportlines had that problem or not. apparently they do haha
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yea, I know mine do, not sure about anyone else, probably.

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thanks for making this thread. im going to try and get it done this weekend. yeah these B&G's are short!!!!!
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