Estimated Time needed: 3-4 hours (depending on experience)
Tools needed: socket set, jack stands, floor jack, wheel chalks and spring compressors.
On a level hard surface jack up the truck and secure it with jack stands. Place a jack stand on under the frame at the door and under the cross member the lower “A” arm bolts to. Remove the front sway bar completely. Only six bolts hold the front sway bar in place. Remove the front shock. Two bolts on the bottom one bolt on the top. Remove the tire. With the tire removed use a floor jack to compress the spring. Put the floor jack under the lower “A” arm and start jacking.
Once the spring is compressed put the spring compressors on it and tighten them a few turns. Remove the two bolts that hold the upper “A” arm to the Frame. Pray. Kiss your wife and tell her you love her. Pray again. Gently swing the upper “A” arm and spindle/brake rotor out of the way.
Carefully and slowly lower the floor jack under the lower “A” arm. Try to ignore the groaning noise the spring makes as the pressure is relieved.
With the lower “A” arm down you can simply lift the coil spring out. Once out work quickly and carefully to take the rest of the pressure off of the spring.
Take the new spring and sit it in between the “A” arms. Start jacking the lower “A” arm back up with the floor jack. Once it is high enough bolt the upper “A” arm back into place.
Install the new drop shock.
Put the tire back on, and take the truck off the jack stands. Repeat steps for the other side. Reinstall front sway bar and torque the lug nuts.
Drive the truck like you stole it.