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Ford 57" springs question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rocnwilly, Sep 9, 2002.

  1. rocnwilly

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    Ford 57\" springs question

    I know that this has been discussed before, but i never found an answer to a question I have. Marv was very good in answering most of my questions.
    I have a set of Ford 57" leaf springs with the 4 leaf pack with the poly sliders between the leaves, a flat helper spring and a angled block. The springs are 3"wide not the 2.5" that everyone has used. The springs are very flexy.
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    Has anyone used these springs before?
    Does it matter weather or not they are 2.5" or 3" wide as long as it works with your application?
    And last has anyone tried using the Rancho 2.5" lift springs RS44154? (they are very close in spring rate to the Chevy Rancho replacements)
    Any help, advice or experience will be greatly appreciated,
    Mike
     
  2. 55Willy

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    Re: Ford 57\" springs question

    A 3" wide spring will not fit in the chevy hangers. if you could get it to fit you'd need special bushings.

    Never used the 2.5 lifted springs.
     
  3. BadDog

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    Re: Ford 57\" springs question

    3" springs will not fit in the hangers or shackles for one thing. You would also need wider plates for the u-bolts too...
     
  4. rocnwilly

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    Re: Ford 57\" springs question

    I will not have a problem with the 3" spring as I'm making up a whole new set up that will be going on my 59 Willys wagon. I was just wondering if there were any major diffs in the flex and ride dept. between the two.
    thanks again for your input.
     
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    Re: Ford 57\" springs question

    Oops! I should have checked your profile eh? /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif /forums/images/icons/blush.gif
     
  6. m j

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    Re: Ford 57\" springs question

    "wider is better"
     

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