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Front dopped spring hangers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 53chevy, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. 53chevy

    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I was thinking of adding some front dropped spring hangers for my truck, i haven't heard much talk about them here. I have the july 1995 issue of four wheeler and i wanted to do something like that truck. Any concerns should i have? Specs?Legal?lol
     
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    RGV72BLAZER 1/2 ton status

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    i think one aspect that you should be worried about if it concerns you is that dropped spring hangers act in a way like lift blocks, they create more leverage which creates axlewrap...at least i think that's right...try searching around.
     
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    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    isn't that how they lift IFS trucks?
     
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    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    :thinking: a buddy said the same thing... I asked him to back his statement :deal:
     
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    iwaxmyjimmy College web wheeler Premium Member

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    IFS is a whole different beast to tame. they use drop down cross members to drop the lower control arms. i dont really see how droping the front hangers can increase spring wrap(could be way wrong though). it aint changing the spring but it will give u some more pinion angle if u dont use shackles or what not to correct it. u would deff have to guesset/brace it alot b/c it does create more leverage, and having the hangers collapse would not be good.
     
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    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    i use alot of 1/2 inch, thats what it would be made out of if i did it, anyone know who have or will make one, i just don't have very much time
     
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    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    anyone have anymore pics
     
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    Make it out of .250 that will save you time right there
     
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    here's a buddy's furd turd...lol. i think they built 8" hangers for his, or somewhere in that neighborhood. the truck rode ok with Baja Claws, but with those Michellins, it rode damn good at 75 mph. not too shabby for a truck's that lifted 23". those are the only pics i have right now, but if you look close you can see the rear spring hangers. i think they used 3/8" or 1/2" metal with lots of 1/2" grade 8 hardware & finished it up by welding the brackets on. they were damn strong. about the axlewrap, i think that's just something i had read somewhere on pirate or on a magazine...not too sure.

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    54inches 1/2 ton status

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    There should NOT be any issue with added axle wrap, due to the fact that the moment about the axle is the same and the fulcrum is not any longer. Essentially your are just lowering the point of where the springs attach. That's it.

    I had some built for my '85 suburban, but there is only like 4" of drop/raise. After talking to one said fabricator, he felt that anything over 3-4" would not be safe, so therefore would not build anything any higher for the front, but if you run 52" springs up front then you are already getting a 4" lift, SOOOOOOOOOOO

    I am doing the 3" drop bracket, 8" 52" springs which gross 12" of lift....which when I am done will get me the 17 or so inches of lift I need.....

    Side Note. I know it does not add up, but trust me it will......
     
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    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    i was thinking of 4 inches upfront and a 4inch shackle flip out back
     
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    54inches 1/2 ton status

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    YOu could probably get that with no problem.
     
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    4" TC EZ Rides (or stock 52s) up front, and do your shackle flip out back and be done with it. it'll ride much better than the negative arched springs, and you'll have a better approach angle since you're not going to have spring hangers hanging down lower than your springs.
     
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    Remember to raise the front of the truck 4" not only do you need to drop the hangers 4 inches but the shackles need to be 4 inches longer. To lift the truck with just drop hangers you need an 8 inch drop
     
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    54inches 1/2 ton status

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    yep, 4 in the front and 4 in the back of the spring, but beater had a better idea, for such a smaller lift....

    diy4x offers theirs, B52's for ease of installation and a more professional instal.
     
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    and at that point the tires would basically just fall over, and your steering would pivot more vertically than horizontally. on the positive side of things, you'd develop some serious guns steering that thing. :haha:
     
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    on my one ton i already have 8 inches of suspension lift with 52's
     
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    dropped hangers will in no way at all cause axle wrap:p: (but dont go overboard withem) it can get downright tacky :laugh:
     

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