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56" rear spring ran backwards gas tank clearence???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by down4thakrown, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. down4thakrown

    down4thakrown 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    i remember when sapper posted bout 56's in the rear and some one replied with issues of the gas tank???? i got 56's in the rear but i wanna flip them to get the extra wheel base and wanted to know if the stock gas tank location is goin to cause a problem. im puttin i think stock 56's but i think there less 1 leaf. but what kinda pinion angle do i get??
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Depends on your diff and cover ... I have a 14bff with a Jethro cover (grunt) ... and I cannot flip the springs around. Bad, bad things would happen, as the gas tank and skid plate would lose to the Jethro cover :haha:

    You can move your tank into the bed, buy a pickup, or do like me and just keep the springs long-side back. :(

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    I was running Ford 57's in the rear of mine backwards for the extra wheelbase. I loved it. Everyone told me not to do it because I would have tons of axle wrap and a poor pinion angle. I had NO ISSUES at all. Zero axlewrap... and I was never known for being easy on the throttle... perfect pinion angle w/ no shims, and it cleared the gas tank w/ no problems... Moved the rearend back roughly 6". Here is a picture of how it looked w/ the rearend moved back...

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    Sweet truck, Poohbair -- I like the "formed by necessity" body panels =))

    What size tank is/was it -- the 24, or the 31?

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    I have the 31g and there is PLENTY of room.
     
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    did u have to shim the rear end??
     
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    I think mine had the 24 gallon tank.
    RIP to my rig... it went to the crusher about 2 weeks ago... :crazy: but yeah, I never had an issue with squeezing it in places that were quite big enough :eek1:
     
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    Dangit. And you did long side front on the springs?

    Oh. and what kinda cover d'ya have on your diff? ... maybe my Jethro's size is the problem :haha:

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