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Changing kingpins for an 1987 E-150 - 1987 Ford Econoline

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  • wrwinnie Jul 30, 2009

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Hello Wrwinnie,

You might want to try the steps outlined on this link:

these show to be for E vans but are the same for f trucks 1975-88 Models
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  1. Jack up the front of the truck and safely support it with jackstands.
  2. Remove the wheels.
  3. Remove the front brake caliper assembly and hold it out of the way with a piece of wire. Do not disconnect the brake line.
  4. Remove the brake rotor from the spindle.
  5. Remove the inner bearing cone and seal. discard the seal, as you'll be fitting a new one during installation.
  6. Remove the brake dust shield.
  7. Disconnect the steering linkage from the spindle arm using a tie rod removal tool.
  8. Remove the nut and lockwasher from the lock pin and remove the lock pin.
  9. Remove the upper and lower spindle pin plugs.
  10. Drive the spindle pin out from the top of the axle and remove the spindle and thrust bearing.
  11. Remove the spindle pin seal and thrust bearing. NOTE: Always use new cotter pins! When aligning the cotter pin holes, NEVER back-off the nut; always advance the nut to align the holes!
  12. Make sure that the spindle pin holes are clean and free from burrs and nicks. Lightly coat the bore with chassis lube.
  13. Install a new spindle pin seal, with the metal backing facing upwards towards the bushing, into the spindle. Gently press the seal into position.
  14. Install a new thrust bearing with the lip flange facing down, towards the lower bushing. Press it in until the bearing is firmly seated against the surface of the spindle.
  15. Lightly coat the bushing surfaces with chassis lube and place the spindle into position on the axle.
  16. Insert the spindle pin, with the T stamped on one end, facing the top, and the notch in the pin aligned with the lock pin hole in the axle. Insert the spindle pin through the bushings and the axle from the top, until the spindle pin notch and axle lock pin hole are aligned.
  17. Install the lock pin with the threads pointing forward and the wedge groove facing the spindle pin notch. Firmly drive the lock pin into position and install the lockwasher and nut. Tighten the nut to 40-60 ft. lbs. (54-81 Nm).
  18. Install the spindle pin plugs into the threads at the top and bottom of the spindle. Tighten the plugs to 35-50 ft. lbs. (47-68 Nm).
  19. Lubricate the spindle pin and bushings with chassis lube through both fittings until grease is visible seeping past the upper seal and the thrust bearing slip joint. If grease does not escape at these top and bottom points, the spindle is installed incorrectly and rapid deterioration of the spindle components will result.
  20. Install the brake dust shield.
  21. Install the inner bearing cone and seal. Install the hub and rotor on the spindle.
  22. Install the outer bearing cone, washer, and nut. Adjust the bearing end-play and install the nut retainer, cotter pin and dust cap.
  23. Install the brake caliper. connect the steering linkage to the spindle. Tighten the nut to 70-100 ft. lbs. (95-135 Nm) and advance the nut as far necessary to install the cotter pin.
  24. Install the wheels. Lower the truck and adjust toe-in if necessary.

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Hi.....
After you remove the tires
remove your brake hardware and hub from the spindle
you will need to remove the caps of the top and bottom of the spindle
there can be held on by 3 bolts or there screwed into the spindle
(this depends on if you have a eaton or spicer fount end)
now you need to remove the wedge bolt out of the fount end you will see this between the spindle on the straight axle;
Again depending on if you have a eaton or spicer front end you will have one or two)
place a bottle jack under neath the fount end push up on the old king pin
use the weight of the truck against the pushing of the pin out.
once the pin is out, pull the spindle
replace the bushings and shims, install the spindle grease up the new kingpin.

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Smith

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Not sure that there is a diagram, but you may also need bushings, as they wear also, and this may take special tools.

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