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Backbone install lifting 1 side of car

Sometime in the future I will get the backbone on my car. Cause its in the garage, it would be easier to jack up one side instead of the rear. Could you install a backbone that way, or no I should put it on the drive and lift the rear end to do the job?

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I used four jack stands when installing mine... figured a level car (no twist) would give me a truer and easier install. I would avoid using our square pumpkin diff as a jacking point - plus you'll need the space to drop the exhaust for the install.
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Davham,

I think the rear approach is to take the compression out of the shocks/spings and give more clearance for the drive shaft, if I remember correctly. I did mine a long time ago and the other two were done on the lift at the shop.
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Why struggle with this simple replace. When u get an oil change...give the guy an extra 10 or 20 dollars. This is not rocket science. 8 or 10 screws. The car is on the lift. It is FINISHED. The backbone slides in and out. It is not worth the struggle. Even doing this simple task...u need to choose your battles.

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I had mine installed by a local auto shop for $30 including dropping the exhaust and checking the car out while on the lift. Just make sure they know the correct way to lift the car.

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Exhaust is in the way, not driveline.
Had not seen video but does answer an earlier question, had anyone backed up onto ramps with rear tires. (Looks like he did with all 4)
They guy who changes my oil is asking the question
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I would NOT install the back bone...or any bracing...without the car being level. Whether it is on a lift or jack stands, make the car level.

While there isn't a LOT of play in the screw holes, there is some and it's enough to tweak the car a bit. I am anal about this kind of stuff (ask me about setting tweak on my RC cars....) so I wouldn't do it any other way.


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I would NOT install the back bone...or any bracing...without the car being level. Whether it is on a lift or jack stands, make the car level.

While there isn't a LOT of play in the screw holes, there is some and it's enough to tweak the car a bit. I am anal about this kind of stuff (ask me about setting tweak on my RC cars....) so I wouldn't do it any other way.

Ok, now you just pointed the spot light on that nagging thought in the back of my head... I figure I was just being anal, if no one ever said anything... well not anymore..

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Davhamm, I'm right there with your sir. Chances are we would never notice...


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Exhaust is in the way, not driveline.
Had not seen video but does answer an earlier question, had anyone backed up onto ramps with rear tires. (Looks like he did with all 4)
They guy who changes my oil is asking the question
Paranoid about having anyone else working on the car.
I viewed my install and...how can the muffler be in the way. The muffler is in the rear end. It is just a muffler pipe...and all they do is slide the old backbone out and slide the new one in...all of you are making a simple unscrewing MASSIVE.
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I viewed my install and...how can the muffler be in the way. The muffler is in the rear end. It is just a muffler pipe...and all they do is slide the old backbone out and slide the new one in...all of you are making a simple unscrewing MASSIVE.
Ok I misspoke the muffler is not in the way, the exhaust pipe can be, so most drop the muffler's which then lowers the muffler pipe out of the way. Can it be done without, sounds like from your experience yes, but most drop them because it is pretty easy to do and improves access.

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Ok I misspoke the muffler is not in the way, the exhaust pipe can be, so most drop the muffler's which then lowers the muffler pipe out of the way. Can it be done without, sounds like from your experience yes, but most drop them because it is pretty easy to do and improves access.
Nothing has to be dropped. Period. The hardest part on this job is loosening the screws. They are difficult to remove if u do it without a lift.

Many olde timers did it themselves...just by crawling under the car...not recommended if you are fat.
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I put in DDM's thickest brace... no way it was going in without dropping the exhaust.

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Exhaust is in the way, not driveline.
Had not seen video but does answer an earlier question, had anyone backed up onto ramps with rear tires. (Looks like he did with all 4)
They guy who changes my oil is asking the question
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I viewed my install and...how can the muffler be in the way. The muffler is in the rear end. It is just a muffler pipe...and all they do is slide the old backbone out and slide the new one in...all of you are making a simple unscrewing MASSIVE.

Reading more closely I did not say muffler I said Exhaust..

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I put in DDM's thickest brace... no way it was going in without dropping the exhaust.
This may need to be qualified....I have an NA...only one engine pipe. R/L I believe is different. And I had the original DDM Backbone installed.
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