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52" in front - Bushings?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Art'74, May 11, 2006.

  1. Art'74

    Art'74 1/2 ton status

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    I am putting the rear 52" spring in the front of my '74 K5. As you know, the spring is 3" and the bracket is 3 1/2".

    Where do you get bushings that fit the spring eye and are 3 1/2" wide?

    Mfg. & Part no.s would be great.

    Art
     
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    Most people just use spacers. DIY4x, one of the vendors here sells 1/4" spacers just for that. His website is diy4x.com.
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    +1, That's what I did and they worked GREAT! :thumb:
     
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    I got the spring-eye bushing kits from Offroad Design. The bushings have a 1/2" shoulder on each side and act as a spacer.

    Mike
     
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    the correct bushings are ones used for aftermarket lift springs (the front eye bushing) Aftermarket lift springs are 2.5" wide so they need to account for the same differance.
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Doesn't that leave a gap in the middle? May not be a problem, just curious.

    I used the DIY4x spacers so mine would have regular bushings, nothing special to buy or remember if I ever have to replace them later on. :wink1:
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    No, it leaves no space. stcok springs are 3" wide + 1/4"+ 1/4" total of
    3 1/2". The aftermarket lift springs (such as tough country) are 2.5" wide, just like stock rear springs. That means they have to make uo that 1/2". so 1/2" bushing on each side = 3 1/2". Nothing hard to remember. Call up your favorite offroad shop and tell em you need bushings for an aftermarket leaf lift spring.
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    im not a fan of spacers... more parts to loose when taken apart and more of a pain to get them all into place when setting the springs in. with bushings it much easier.
     
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    Well spacers in and of themselves sound kinda iffy, but if you're gonna be putting on new shackles... see attached. 3/8" flat stock for the shackle proper and 1/4" for the 'spacer' part at the bottom, welded on. I may later add some reinforcement between the two, but for now they seem pretty stout.

    -- A

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    That's what Kert @ DIY4x built for me. As for loose spacers, I was going to weld mine to the front hanger also but now that I have B-52's I'll leave them loose for the adjustability.

    79k20350, maybe I'm missing something but it still seems like there would be a gap in the middle of the bushing since you would be using a bushing set for a 2.5" spring on a 3" spring. :thinking:
     
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    Stock rear springs are 2.5" wide.
    Stock front springs are 3" wide.
    Aftermarket front springs are 2.5" wide.

    Take the bushings from an aftermarket front spring and put them on a stock rear spring (depending on year, earlier ones had smaller diameter bushings) and you no longer need spacers.

    67-70 4x4s are another source for these bushings.
     
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    exactly. the whole reason you need the spacers is because the rear springs are 1/2" narrower than fronts...
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    :doah: :doah:

    I had the widths backwards in my head. :blush: :thumb:
     

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