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57's IN THE HOUSE

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TONYP, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. TONYP

    TONYP 1/2 ton status

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    57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    just picked up my 57" f**d leafs, got Neil sending my Missouri Offroad Outfitters differential cover and truss support. I'm (don't tell the wife) building this thing up.
    I'll be sanding blasting(the word f**d off) and painting the leafs (POR-15?).Then comes the traction bar... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    Right On! You wont regret the 57's, sweet ride! Congrats!
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    sounds awesome man. sounds like someone went a lil spend money happy this weekend. later.

    jacob
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    so what is the big benifit of these ford springs..ive heard a lot about them but im not sure what they are so good for cause they are 57" or something? will they bolt up to a k5 or do they require modifications..
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    so mike when are you going to find me some 57s ??? /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    I got these for $50.00, he had a fo*d 9-bolt that he wanted me to take too, not sure about that, it was 5-lug with drums....Is it worth anything? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    Check this out
    web page
    /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gifANGLES ARE IN /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    ahh nice thanx!!
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    I've heard you shouldn't sand blast leaf springs...but I'm not 100% sure why /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Rene
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    Does anybody know the spring rate on those 57's? Wonder if there too soft to run on the back of a blazer prerunner.
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    They're under 200 lbs per inch. Mine had 9" of free arch and the weight of the truck ate up 7 1/2" of that.

    As near as I can figure the back of my truck weighs about 2800 lbs with the hard top. Subtract 500 lbs for the 14 bolt and another 150 lbs for tires and you have 2 springs supporting 2150. Unless I'm missing something that puts the spring rate at a little under 150 lbs/inch.

    I'd think they would work good on a pre-runner with some good long travel shocks.

    Rene
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    Rene,
    you put your axles back I think you said 1 inch. did your drive line have to change?
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    I drilled the 57's so I could keep the axle exactly where it was. 1.5" turned out to be pretty damn close. I do have enough slip yoke to move it back an inch if I want to though.

    The 52's have the center pin hole at 26". With a shackle flip the axle center moves forward a little though. My 57's are drilled at 26.5" from the front spring eye center.

    Rene
     
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    read the post one more time....got it!
    then you put on Echobits shackle kit and you added 4 to 5 in lift /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: 57\'s IN THE HOUSE

    Actually, Rene relocated his stock hangers and re-fabbed them to a compression style mount. Some slick work!

    Andy, I see them all the time, I'll grab a set if you want?
     

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