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52 swap on first gen this weekend

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by garlicbreath, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    I am doing a 52" swap on my 71 blazer this weekend using 89 van springs. They line up really well, with the center pin lined up the front spring eye is only about 1.5 inches forward of stock, but I want the axle 2 inches forward so I will put the new hangars about 3.5 inches farward. It puts the shackles just about in the perfect spot. I have furd shock towers ready to go in, and will do the crossover if needed but probably when it's done. I'll try to take pics as I go since first gen swaps don't seem very common! One thing I am worried about is making sure my measurements are spot on so it doesn't crabwalk. WHat have you guys done to ensure everything is square?
     
  2. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I can GUARANTEE that you will be doing crossover steering after moving the axle forward 2 inches....

    The stock draglink will end up so short, I'd be surprised if you can turn at all.
     
  3. Larry_in_Tx

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    Are the van springs different from the truck springs? I moved the front hangers 3” forward when I did the swap and it didn’t move the axle at all. Like you’re guessing the shackle angle is good but the axle stayed put.
     

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