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56's or 57's up front

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rubbinz raczn, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. rubbinz raczn

    rubbinz raczn 1/2 ton status

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    hey putting 63's in rear so putting at least 52's up front. say i want to run 56's or f%rd 57's up front any big no no's why not? :xmas:
     
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    I have heard that there isnt much of a flex difference between the 52's and the 56's, just more work to get the 56's in.
    If it was me I would just run the 52's, they are so much easier to install.
     
  3. rubbinz raczn

    rubbinz raczn 1/2 ton status

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    that makes it easy:D
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    yeah, 52s werent hard at all.
     
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    Why are 56's any more work? I have 52's, White-Rhyno has 56's... mine were way more work... we both had to move the front mount forward 4", we both have 7.25" long shackles... only diff is I had to move my upper shackle mount forward 3" in the frame to have a decent shackle angle, and w/ the 56's White-Rhyno just left his alone.
     
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    yep! Thats how I mocked up my 52's and 56's... I needed the 56's for the rear so I just used the 52's up front and moved my frame shackle... 7.25" shackles also

    (edit for some pic whoring...)
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    Yea i spent way less time putting in the 56's. 8 less rivets i had to grind out......
     
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    ow I thought you ahd to move the front mount even further forward, one huy on our local board did that but I guess he just did it for the increased wheelbase.
     
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    so you saved 10 minutes... i have one of these...
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    and a good drill... add a good quality drill bit, and a nice hole saw, 10 minutes and you're good to go.
     
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    I tried cutting the holes in my frame w/ a hole saw, and that was a joke... I would say by the time I removed the old shackle mounts, figured out where to move them to, drilled new holes, and cut the big hole I was in it a few hours and a few bucks in grade 8 bolts. Its not a matter of how much time/work it was, I was just saying that the 56's will go in w/ LESS work... even if you have a shop full of cool **** and it only takes you 10 minutes.
     
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    Ok, does one move the axle forward more then the other or will the 52's and 56's put the front axle in the same spot?

    JJlaughner, your the only one that I have seen move the upper shackel forward, unless Im mistaken. I assumed the weight of everything up front would push the shackel rearward.

    Does anybody else have pics of their front shackels with 52's?
     
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    56's have the extra 4" all on the back side, so the axle will be in the same spot as 52's.
     
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    You can see my shackle angle in this pic... and this is after I moved the shackle mount 3" forward. Shackle is 7.25" long.

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    i've done it
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    Tim's Done it.
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    white ryhno do you have a pic of your pinion angle
     
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    and you guys w/ 56s and 52s do you like that shackle length or would you go shorter
     
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    mine hasnt had the full weight of the truck on it yet, as it has no engine or trans or front clip on it. Tim's seems to do pretty good there, but with his Superlift(?) 6" springs, his pinion angle points towards the ground a little more than i'd like mine to. i think if i put some weight on mine, i'll be just fine. its pointed a few degrees up towards the transfer case area right now, and should go up a little more with weight.
     
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    Ok cool, lets see a pic with 56's on the front. I'd like to see the shackle angle in stock position.
     
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    hmmm good question..... if i cant find one ill get one for you.
     
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    only have a pic of the shackle angle. I can still get one of my pinion if ya want, curious as to why? I do have 4degree tapered zero rates in there.

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