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I've got the Roadmonster up in the air, frame on stands. Unbolted the shocks and let the axle down as far as it will go. But there is not enough room to get the springs off.
They are still sandwiched in nice and tight. It appears that the upper control arms are resting on a lip of the frame. The FSM doesn't mention using a spring compressor, but I'm thinking I might have to use one. Even then, it is going to be real tight getting those springs out of there. Should I just unbolt the control arms? Or go get a compressor? I sure hope I don't have to remove the tailpipes for room, they look pretty rusty.
 
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Push up on the spring : the stock RM spring in back is fairly soft, and you should be able to "bench press" and compress it enough to get it out of there without a compressor.

Other thing that'll help is to have someone press down on the axle on that side (i.e. boot on the brake drum) while you're trying to get the spring out. That'll drop the axle another 1-2 inches, which helps a lot. Obviously, be sure the car is on GOOD jackstands and STABLE before trying this!
 
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what ed said, if you lay on your back under the car and compress the spring with your hands by pushing up on it, you should be able to create enough slack where you can tilt the spring and slide it off of the axle mount.
 
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Thanks a lot. That is just what I needed to know. I picked up a compressor last night, just in case. I'm still thinking it is going to be a real bitch finding enough room to actually slide the spring out once it is loose.

OK, back out to the garage now. Hopefully it will go pretty smooth now.
 
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its a tight squeeze but when you are ready to slide it out try the small opening in front of the axle, its just big enough to get a spring in and out.
 
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Finally got the springs in. Wasn't really all that tough. I don't think I could have done it without the compressor though. Even with somebody shoving down on the wheel I couldn't get even close to compressing the spring enough by hand. I think maybe the Roadmaster spring is longer than the SS, or it could be I'm just a wimp. The replacements actually were about an inch shorter than the OEMs.

With the new springs both sides of the car rose about 5/8", but the car is still about an inch higher on the drivers rear. Maybe I'll just have to live with it. Or I'll chop some off the spring on the high side.
 
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You're right - I did both ends of my FE1 RMS without a compressor today. I used some old tire irons to pry the rears out.

Replaced with SS springs. Pics to come later. 100k FE1 springs are at least an inch if not two longer than the 100k SS springs I installed.
 
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