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63 Inch Swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by willymonster, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. willymonster

    willymonster 1/2 ton status

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    started my 63 inch swap today , ill be moving my front rear hangers forward so i can keep my short wheelbase . wonering if i should move the crossmember too ?
     
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    comon somebody :D
     
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    What crossmember are you talking about? You shouldn't have to move any crossmembers to relocate spring hangers. :confused:

    Later,
    Buddy
     
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    I second that question??
     
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    you dont NEED to move the crossmember to move the front rear hangers it just looks like it might be a good idea to reinforce the frame directly where the frame twisting pressure is being applied . although id rather not move it and replace those rivets with bolts i think im probably going to leave it and reinforce where the hangers are moved to :laugh:
     
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    What year K5 do you have. My 74 has the body mounts on the inside of the frame rails at that crossmember. I knocked out the 4 bottom rivits on each side of the crossmember, and the hole spacing there was exactly the same as the spring hangers. Just bolt the spring hangers on and drill the 4 holes in the side of the frame to complete the install. This pretty much centers the wheels in the rear wheel wells. I don't think this is possible on newer k5's with the body mounts on the outside of the frame.
     
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    Then what would you do on a newer one without moving the axle?
     
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    sorry guess i forgot to mention my frame is a shorbed frame . the crossmember im talking about is right betwen the spring hangers (front rears )
     

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