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57's up front (in progress)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by shaun, May 13, 2005.

  1. shaun

    shaun 1/2 ton status

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    I just thought I would let you guys know how it is going. Old 4" TC's are out (and for sale) New 7" eye to eye shackles are bolted in. Front axle chilling while i slowly drill out 16 rivets. I tried everyway mentioned on this site and this one works the best. about a rivet every five mins. The pilot hole is what takes all the time. I wonder if my 10" lift brakelines will be long enough. HMMMMMMMM time to set up front brakelines like the rear ones. Well back to work 8 rivets to go. Woo hoo.
     
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    Are you gonna add any leaves to the 57's? I am running 57's in the back, and they are VERY soft... Might be almost toooooo soft for the front...?????
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    if you want some serious brakelines, i highly recommend you contact kleithflux over on pirate and get some Crown Perf lines from him. I just got some 36" long Kevlar/stainless lines from him and they are freakin BLING. Not really that expensive either... cost me about $15-20 more than my procomp 4" lift stainless ones did... though I didn't get a rear line and the PCs came with one.

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    I'm going to setup my front brakelines with a center drop(like you noted). Not a fan of having 2 huge lines on each side that could get caught or whatever. Single center is easy and cheaper IMO.
     
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    Poohbair I am not adding any leaves. Just 3 leaves and an overload. Hope that works out. I thought about 2 overloads each but I dont know If that would work.

    Jekbrown I will ahve to check out those brakelines on pirate. I am going to try and do the center drop first though. Thanks for the idea

    Sled dog I am hoping I can make that work b/c I wont be able to flex until I figure this situation out. It shoukd be relatively simple though. I hope.


    Well 6 rivets to go. This really sucks
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    even if you're just doing short lines... these things rock. :) i aint worried about them caught on stuff, Im taking a page from the buggy guys and use a spring to keep them out of the way.

    j
     
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    what are the 57s from? what vehicle could I get some from? could you post some pics of the mods that you have to do?
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    they are stock furds.

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    ok, but off of an f150 or what?
     
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    not 100% sure... i thought they were stock F150 rear springs... not sure what years though. I recently purged my GM of its lone ford part... I try not to think about adding others. ;) In all seriousness, 56s/63s are hella flexy and the right width, so thats why i never looked at the 57s.

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    mid 80's f150 I believe....2.5 inch wide....there are 3"ers also
     
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    Well the swap is done. The 57's are from a 1970 ford. With no weight on it (jack under the frame) the front sat about 5 inches higher. But when we put the the frame down on the springs the whole truck sits level (well the front is about 1/4 to 1/2" lower) but it is perfect. I didnt add any leaves and it feels nice
     
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    Hey, sounds good. Could you post pics or something for other people that want to try the swap? I think 57s would be a better idea than the 52s that I was planning on. So the whole swap gave you a 4" lift over stock?
     
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    my 57's are from a late 80's F150 2wd
     
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    springs

    how much for the tuff country springs? are they saggy?
     
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    I will post pics tommorrow. Still having issues.
     
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    The 3" wide ford springs kick ass when used up front. They are soft like 52's but because they are wider they don't bend/kink/brake. I have a writeup floating around here and over on pirate if anyone wants to see details...just search under my name.
     

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