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87 F150 2wd Springs

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wayne, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    I found an 87 with the 4 plus overload rear springs. Are those the ones I want to get????? /forums/images/icons/confused.gif
     
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    Check the width. If they are 2.5" wide, then, yes, those are the ones you want.
     
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    What BadDog said!
     
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    They are 2.5. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Ok, I got the springs, nice tail gate, and some other misc parts for $175. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif Have fun!
     
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    I've been looking for a good electric tail gate... problem is most of them are broken. Good score on the leaf packs. So when are you going to put them on?
     
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    What is required to install the ferd springs, I have your shackle flip, what elso do i need?
     
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    I picked up my 57's for $60. I spent more on epoxy paint, u-bolts, center bolts and new UHMV pads than I did for the springs...should be cool when it's done though. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    Rene
     
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    A 6" shackle and re-drill the ford pack 1 1/2" back (the maximum to remain under the spring plate) to center the axle. With the shackle brackets, run them on opposite sides which places the shackle mount 1" back rather than 1" forward and your ready to bolt everything in.
     
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    Does anybody know what size bushings the ford springs take. I would like to get a set and need to know what greasable bushings to order.
     
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    1.50 and 1.25 the eyes are different.

    if you scroll through post in the for sale furom on his brackets he has it listed in there when I asked.....let me go get the post.
    ford info

    We really need a tech write up on this as for what years and heigth works and what all is need to get them in there.
     
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    would it be possible to redrill the whole pack??

    also what needs to be added to them to make the right heigth??
     
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    I'm redrilling my whole leaf pack right now...one spring at a time. I need a bench grinder to dress my drill bits though. They tend to suck right out of the package...

    I'll take some step by step pic's...combined with whatever Borrego and Marv have we should be able to come up with something decent.

    For reference the springs I got were the 57" x 2.5" wide 4 leaf plus the overload F-150 springs. I'll let you know how much the height changes. I'm moving my rear hanger back 3", building another rear shackle (approx 6") and doing a poor mans flip by cutting out the bottom/rear of the hanger and gusseting it.

    Rene
     
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    I redrilled my whole pack this time around based on Marv's experience, only I drill pressed them all at once (sorry Rene, thats too much work for me /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif ). I would reccommend you drill all the leaves and not just the main. My last set didn't do so well after flipping the overload with only the main leaf drilled... was a hybrid pack too so that may have contributed to its fatigue. With the weight of the truck on the springs they should give you stock height, but this assumes the hanger is in the right spot. With the various ways people are getting flipped and relocated, there are going to be lots of varying results on lift height.

    I'd definately like to see and contribute to 57" spring swap tech article.
     
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    I would have drilled the whole pack at once but I'm limited to my poor old 1/2" Craftsman hand drill and a block of wood on my patio. One at a time was easier! Took me a little over an hour to drill all 10 leafs.

    I'll be snapping a few pic's as I go. Now I have to finish cleaning them and give them a good coat of epoxy paint.

    Rene
     
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    I am not planning to drill the packs. I have offset zero rates to eliminate that problem. I have a set of ORD shackel flip brackets that I will use. All I need to get are bushings if the ones I have now won't fit. I also need a set of longer shackels. When we pulled the springs I couldn't believe how much the sprang apart. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif Not sure when I will be putting them in.
     
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    I would have liked to paint my springs this time, but after around 8-9 times looking for good combos, I was ready just to slap them in and see what happens!

    Those ORD offsets would definately make the job easier.. almost like cheating! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    anyone know the stock spring rating?? versus the fords...was thinking someone said the fords are only like 198#s or so. I'm losing about 1,000 pounds with the body swap and need as soft a spring as i can get.

    And i plan to redrill the whole pack and use my 1" zero rates
     
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    Should I get shackels that are 2" longer then stock?
     

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