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57" Springs?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Confedneck, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. Confedneck

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    57\" Springs?

    a guy at work just lifted his 79 f150...all new springs, are his old rear springs 57"?? if so im going to buy them...
    thanks!
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    nope, 86-96
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    so they're probably shorter than 57 huh?...i want 57s NOW lol lol /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif thanks sled
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    yeah I'm on the hunt for 57s as well /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif. I know where a Bronco a friend junked is at the local yard. This yard rocks, I am getting a complete 6 lug Dana 44 out of a K5, bench seat out of a say 90 pickup, and all the brake parts and axleshafts I need for my 14 bolt all for $150. I think for an extra $25 they will throw in the rear springs off that bronco. I'm considering going with the 63" rears out of that pickup I am getting the seat from. Keep it chevy /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    my buddy tossed a bronco..89 i think, i was gonna take the springs but they were only 52 or 53", definately not 57..i did want the front end out from under it..but didnt have time to take it before he scrapped it..same guy with the 79 f150..
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    yeah I guess its f150s only then. I think I'm gonna get the 63" rear springs out of the pickup I'm getting the seat from. Will be more work but I think it will be worth it and keep it all Chevy.
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    ive been thinking about if i went custom springs, id just got 58 or 59" to make the echobit kit worth almost 8" of lift with a pinion shim...
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    interesting, would look funny for me wiht 4" BDSs in the front.
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    those springs can be 57's as well. my fronts are 57" springs off a '77.

    -Jeremy
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    what kinnda springs are in '00 F150's then? They measure to 57"
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    from what I understand the ones you want for the standard 57 swap are out of an 86 to 96 F150 2wd, and you want the 5 leaf pack, not the 4. I found lots of 4 leaf packs when I did mine, but had to look for a while to find the 5 leaf packs. Mine are out of an 89 2wd F150 and work great.
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    why is it you want 5 leaf vs 4? stiffness to hold up the back with the cap?
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    I think so. Even w/ my 5 leafs in there mine are really soft, I think it would sag quite a bit if you run a top and put the 4 leafs in. If you don't have any weight in the back you could probably get away w/ the 4 leafs?
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    I plan to get a skyler fasttrac sooner or later but for now the top is staying. Hmm I only have 4" up front so saggy would be alright but I don't know about that.
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    well they're going in a long bed truck so id just like to find a set of 57s to start, i can always add a leaf in, i have access to lots of spare leaf packs...just none 57s for some reason lol
     
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    Re: 57\" Springs?

    I tried to use the 3 leaf plus overload packs which can be found from the late 70's through the early 90's but they were just too soft. I mixed a few of my stock leaves in for the short term and that worked out ok. The 86-96 4 leaf plus overload packs work perfectly. If all you can find is the 3 leaf packs, pixing 2 pairs together could get you just what your after. I'd like to try opening up the eyes on a main leaf and wrapping it over another main leaf, a sort of military wrap for addex axle wrap control and strength from bending - might make use of all those three leaf packs out there!
     

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