This is a HOW TO on removing the over loaf leaf out of the STOCK leaf pack for the s10/Sonoma. This is one of the best ways to get the most use out of the stock leaf pack with out changing them out for Deavers.
Color Code Chart:
RED – I The 4 nuts you need to Remove.(will explain below)
Yellow – Is the piece (over load) that you will be removing.
Green – Is the leaf pack bolt.
Blue – Is the to bolts heads on the Leaf pack bolt.
Make sure you front tires have blocks either in front or behind them, or both, depending on witch way the truck is facing in you drive way, even if its flat, still just extra caution. Jack the rear of the truck up by the ball of the axle, not the best way but to get the rear high enough off the ground for the jack stands is the easiest way. Jack the rear of the truck up off the ground being careful, until the tires are a little ways off the ground. Note: the rear end comes down a lot after you put truck on jacks a release the jack from under the axle. I believe the jack stands will need to be set at notch 4-5-6 depending on what size stands you are using. So after you get it high enough then put jack stand under rear part of the frame and let the rear drop down off the floor jack and rest in the air.
You will notice I added a picture, in the picture you will see 4 RED arrows pointing to what you can see nuts that thread onto the U-BOLTS of the axle. Takes those off and the plate that the read shock mounts to will swing out of the way. Both side, same time….Axle will rest freely on top of leaf springs….. Remove tires to make the axle lighter for following steps.
Not with the shock/U-bolt plate out of the way, you will see a bolt that goes though the leaf springs and there is a Small nut on the end. NOW that you have both side freed up, lightly lift axle and move to the side of the Bolt Head that you see onto of the leafs. Take a good strong pair of vice grips or something to that affect and get a good bite on the round head. Now take the correct size DEEP socket (12 or 14?) and start cranking on that nut on the bottom. (Picture in BLUE circled is the top and bottom of the Leaf bolt and were the heads are and the GREEN is the bolts run though). You will have to get that nut all the way off. You will see when doing this that the flat leafs coming down off the leaf pack as the nut gets farther down the bolt. You can either hold it or when you start cranking on the nut have a clap on there just to hold it in place for the mean time, Up to you. When you get the nut off the Leaf spring bolt, the flat piece circled in yellow in the picture will slide down and off the bolt. Now just retighten the nut onto the Leaf bolt and move the axle back on top of the bolt (guided hole in axle perch) reinstall the shock/U-bolt plate and the 4 Nuts in RED^. And repeat the same thing on the other side.
I also recommended going back in a few days and checking the bottom 4 nuts on the U-bolts make sure they are tight.