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Better than 57" F*rD Spring Maybe

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Donovan, Jul 26, 2002.

  1. Donovan

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    Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Okay I was under my neighbors 1999 Ford F150 and I measured his rear springs and I come up with 4 leafs and no overload. The spring is .323" thick and the front spring mount is 3" wide just like the blazer. The bolt size could be larger. Now get this the front spring bolt to center pin is 26.25-26.5" and the rear section is 32". Total lenght is around 58.5" long. I am thinking that you would not have to redrill the springs at all just build a shackle flip or buy one and get the right position. Just some food for thought.
     
  2. m j

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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    OR
    you could buy a Ford to get the ride you like.
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    OR
    Buy a G.M. and get a even better ride. (plus people won't laugh and snicker at you behind your back)
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    I think he's talking flex.... What is the measurement from eye to eye straight across??? Is this the longest spring out there, or has someone else found longer?
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    you mean other then the 63" chev?
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    '88 & up rear springs? I know they were very long (over 5') but I don't remember the exact legenth. A Blazer bed is about 5' long, anyone try and fit them?
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    '88 &amp; up rear springs? I know they were very long (over 5') but I don't remember the exact legenth

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    Yerp, rear springs from the IFS rigs, measure 63-inches long.
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    anyone try and fit them?

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    Yerp, fitted and installed. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    So how about some pics!
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    This is all I have right now, web page
    Crapy pics that are too dark and don't really show any details. I have another 19 shots that are just like 'em. (what a wast of film /forums/images/icons/mad.gif)
    I really need to go digital I think.
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    ok
    so I looked at those pics.
    now this may be taken the wrong way but, are the 63s on the front or rear?
    this is in no way a slight against your photography skills (or lack thereof /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif ), but may be more a symptom of the poor condition my 'steady eye' has fallen into
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    I checked out Twiztid's K5 in person. The 63's are on the rear and last I saw it had 52's up front. If I recall the 63's were superlift...can't remember the lift they were though.

    Rene
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    use tRusty's digi cam trick,
    go let a local slob buy one and just swing by to use it /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    That worked well, but you need to move closer... /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

    Rene
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Still, the flex is looking good!
    [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Doesn't Steve Watson have 63" springs on the rear of his Blazer? Go to ORD's web site and look at his truck.
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    I tried to enhance the pics in the link above, they look a lil' better, but still crappy.

    This shot, the centerline of the axle is 59 inchs off the ground.
    [​IMG]

    In this shot, I ran out of garage, it still had more to go!
    [​IMG]

    It's changed alot since then, the front spring is still 52 inches, but a completely different spring pack. The rear 63" pack has a shackle flip installed now.
    It should work even better.
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Now all I need to do is find someone how can actualy work a camera /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    LOL
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Just take the pictures during the day (use 400 speed film too just cuz you have a bit more play with light using it) and that'd solve most of the issues. If it's a point and shot cheapy stay about 4 feet back so you don't lose detail and blur your focal point (ie your suspension) but you are still close enough to see what you want us to see... /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    Re: Better than 57\" F*rD Spring Maybe

    Donovan,

    Funny that you mention that... I was under a newer F-150 recently and spotted the same thing. Gonna have to investigate more.. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    One negative thing that I noticed about the springs was that the start out really flat (no arch) even on an empty F-150!... The older F-150's that I use start out with a pretty good arch in the Ford application, but with Blazer rear weight they usually flatten out. So, some add-a-leaves might be in order to keep the rear level.

    Marv
     

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