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57" up front (pics)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 55Willy, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. 55Willy

    55Willy 3/4 ton status

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    57\" up front (pics)

    heres two pics of the ford 57"s in the front of my wagon(1977 k5 frame)

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    I ground the old shock mounts off, moved the axle forward about 4"( due to the fords) and with the 8403' DT's the damn things bolted right back to where the stockers were,LMAO!!!!!!

    and yes the sway bar links are coming off.

    over all I gained 6-7" of lift out of doing them. funny how a spring 8" longer then stock "bolts" right in /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif

    -Jeremy
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    57s in the rear... 57s in the front... the rig sits kinda high... and you wanna get rid of that sway bar?! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif I dunno dude... 57s are loosey goosey.

    j
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    Sway bar had to come off for the crossover and since the axle is 4" forward it doesn't fit. I tried to mount the sway bar from the rear but I can't get a solid mount on the passenger side. I can always add a aftermarket sway bar kit but I'm not shitting $100 last I checked. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    plus I'll probably be adding a rear sway bar to help there. but I figure it ain't street legal, unless i build some mad max style mudflap/flares,LOL
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    Very nide! Have you tried to flex it out yet to see what it'll do? You could always go from some homebrew quick disonnect mud flaps to make it legal. Just a thought.

    Kris
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    I'v had the high lift bumper jack under the tie rod and was able to max it out and the rears just started to move so there plenty there.

    When I put the rear end in I had to jack the back of the rig up about 60" (see note) to the frame rail and still had to pull the spring down to get the shackle bolt in.
    It's like wrestling with 12" lifted springs but these flatten out,LOL


    ** note:
    it was a 10" wide rim on its side, with my bumper (2") on that for a base for the jack, jack maxed out (48") and a piece of 2" tube under the frame rails.. 62"
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

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    with the 8403' DT's the damn things bolted right back to where the stockers were

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    What are 8403' DT's?
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    Ditto
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    the DT8403 is the longest non-ressy shock that doetsch tech makes.

    they have built in bumpstops and about 12" of travel.
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    Well, you finally got them in! So, did you jump on the front bumper and see how much it moves?
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    are you going to support the outside of the bolts on your front hangers at all?
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    any reason why you left the overloads in the spring pack???
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    no real reason.
    I still have to add my angled shims so I might pull them out then, see how it rides first. Although it would keep them from prematurely warping on me.

    also lazy and been two years since I'v been wheeling so I'm kinda doing a hit and miss here,LMAO!!!
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    I have jumped on it, it moves about a 1 or so, maybe more but I only weigh 170 pounds.

    and yes the outside is getting a plate too and braced upbetween the frame plate and the outer. and capping the ends once all the holes are in.

    -Jeremy

    ***** great news, I got my digi cam tonight so pics can come more quickly,LOL ***** (thanks Jeff)
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    What year Ford Truck did the Springs come off of ?
    Are you making your own front spring hangers ? I am getting parts together to convert my 2wd.Does the Ford Springs ride better?
    David-- New Orleans La /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    Re: 57\" up front (pics)

    the fronts are '77 rear springs.
    my front spring hanger is tied into my bumper, Yes I'm making it.
    the ford springs are way softer. not sure how they would handle in a "normal" rig.

    My front sheetmetal is a 1/4 the size are a K series. and my motor is moved back 4" and the axle is forward about 6"
     

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