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Old 02-19-2007, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MetalTech 80 series coil spacer (DIY)

Saturday, I picked up my new MetalTech 2” front coil spacers! These things are beefy…





The Install:
Tools required- floor jack, jack stands, basic socket set.

The first thing I did was do a base measurement. From floor to fender was 39”.


Then I got the truck on jack stands.


And removed my tires.


Note- I don’t have my swaybars anymore, but if you still do, I would recommend disconnecting them from the axle.

Next step was to remove the shock at the bottom mount.


Note- At this point, the only thing that is holding up your axle is the friction in the bushings. Make sure that you don’t over-extend your break lines!!! I never had a problem with my 4” longer SS lines, but I did keep my floor jack under the pumpkin just in case.
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Then you need to get the springs out. I am running OME “J” springs, so I have to step down on the rotor a bit to get enough room to pull the spring out.




Next you will remove the bump stop at the top spring mount. Just two nuts and it falls.



Now attach the bump stop to the spacer. I used the original hardware for that.



Now reattach the bump stop and spacer to the bump stops original location. I used the included nuts and washers.



The springs go back in next. Because I have J springs, I needed a little help on this part. My camera man had to stand on the rotor while I set the spring. It was just a bit to tight for me to do myself. (Or I am a bit too skinny, which is probably the case.)
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Jack up the axle so you can reattach the shock. And, if you have them, sway bar.



Bolt back up the tires and you are done!


Before everything settled, this is where she measured.


After driving around the block it seemed to settle out perfect.


And of course you gotta test it!



Overall, I am really impressed with the quality an fitment of the MetalTech spacers. These boys know how to do things right. It’s nice that we now have an option of getting a spacer that is taller than 1” (MetalTech sells 1.5” and 2”) and is metal, so it will last the lifetime of the truck. Great job guys!
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Looks good Are there any drawbacks to running these with stock suspension?
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Looks good Are there any drawbacks to running these with stock suspension?
The only potental downsides that I can see would be that the shocks would be too short and that the stock springs are way too soft.
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I was looking at one of your first pictures and thought dam, that 80 has seen some action. You were the 80 in Bend this last spring? true?
THanks for the right-up
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I was about 11 mos ago... That's where I got my nifty Hi-Lift steering arm.
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sleeper why dont you show him the other side.... that's the side that has seen action! LOL...



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I love the red primer on the sliders! When I have my flares off next I'll have to take some measurements of mine. I have a 1" spacer. My friend Greg is running 2" spacers all the way around on his 80. He has the 2.5" springs. When we measured he was about an 1" shorter than me with the Js and the 1" spacer.
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LOL, thanks Zach. *My name is Chad and I abuse my 80...*

That would be really interesting to know, Eric. Keep me posted. However, you actually have bumpers...
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thought you might get a kick outta that one chad...
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thought you might get a kick outta that one chad...
Of course... now we just need to put some dents in that purtty 60 of yours.
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