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Bumper Attachment: Anyone using valve springs?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by laketex, Nov 10, 2001.

  1. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    Trying to engineer a little flex into my bumpers for soft hits that wont damage the frame. Thinking about using two valve springs per side with 2 mounting points per spring to eliminate side to side movement. Anyone do this already and if so, how's it work? Is the real world benefit as good as the theory?

    Sherman, Tx
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  2. chevyracing

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    Interesting idea. I haven't tried that but I bet it would rattle to beat heck on a trail. You would have to come up with some sort of torsion bar. I bet a better way to do it would be some coil over shocks, like from an old four wheeler or.........oh....(thinking)...Honda odysee..That is what I was trying to think of. That way they will have a guide so they would not moved up on down on every bump and drive you out of the truck by rattling.

    John

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    Hey John, You think it might be a b*tch to use your hi lift on as well?
    Shawnboy.

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  4. laketex

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    hmmm...I'm getting the feeling. Good Idea, bad application. I guess I'll figure out how to hard mount it.

    Sherman, Tx
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  5. chevyracing

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    When I go wheelin' MUDNUTT usually goes with me, and that dude is <font color=green>HUGE</font color=green><font color=red>!!!!</font color=red> If I get a flat or something he just gets under my truck and bench presses it so I can change the tire, and hands me tools with his other arm. I don't need a high lift with him around. I also don't have to worry about girls beating me up anymore!!

    John

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  6. tRustyK5

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    Bryan...how about a telescoping tube with the valve spring (or other type spring) inside. Similar to the older 5 mph bumpers,
    you could still hi-lift it then and it prolly wouldn't wiggle around on bouncy trails.
    Hard mount the larger tube to the frame, then insert spring and insert smaller tube. I'm thinking slotted holes between the small and big tube and the bolts either bolted just snug or use some sort of shouldered bolt.

    just some random thoughts...[​IMG]

    Rene

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    how bouts a wood bumper that'll take a little bit of a hit and bend......hmmmm.....yeah.....chicks'll dig it.....world hunger will cease....evil around the world will fall to the whim of your bad-a$$ wood bumper.....why even use lumber? how about a TREE, a fresh tree. it'll flex more.

    hehehe

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  8. JunkYardCrawler

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    what if you just put a piece of rubber between the bumper and frame. just for a bit of cousion. or just beef up your frame so it can take the hits?

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    ok, my line of thinking is: If the hits you are planning to take are that soft that valve springs would take care of it, would they really be damaging your frame? (if solid mounted)

    It just seems like too much trouble for too little gain.

    -matt
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