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Front Spring Question..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Confedneck, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Confedneck

    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    id like to know if there were different front spring setups offered on 1986 k-10s.. i have a 2 leaf front pack with military wrap style ends.. they're stock as far as i know.. are the 2 leaf packs for v6 trucks? and was there a 3 leaf pack for v8s?? tia..
     
  2. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Not necessarily. I've seen literally thousands of K10's with both 2 and 3 leaf front springs and it didn't matter if they were 6 or 8 cylinder.

    I had an '81 K10 SWB with a straight 6 and 465 and it had a 3 leaf front spring setup.

    I know ALL K30's have 3 leaf setup for the added weight issues.

    I believe the number of leaves were mainly depending on where and what the vehicle was built for. Could have been customer option, too.
     
  3. Confedneck

    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    well, judging from the option sheet, it was a 6 cylinder 4 spd truck with a govlock rear from the factory, now its got a 350 and the front springs ride about 2" from the bumpstops so it rides like crap.. i was just curious..
    thanks..
     
  4. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    I have the 6.2 and for some unknown reason I still have 2 leave packs...stupid I think. Arent deisels heavier then 454s?
     
  5. big83chevy4x4

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    here are the vehicles that i have/had i have yet to see a patern. all are v8s, both the k10s are heavy halfs /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
    83 k10: 2 leafs 305 700r4
    83 k20: 2 leafs 350 700r4
    79 k10: 3 leafs 350 sm465
    78 k5: 2 leafs 350 th350
    85 k5: 3 leafs 305 sm465
     
  6. big83chevy4x4

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    now that i look at it i do see a patern, may not be correct but a pattern.
    every vehicle i have that had 3 leafs had a 465 thatk30guy's k10 did also /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  7. 83ZZ502_Jimmy

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    Not to shoot down your pattern, but my 87 and 88 K5's with 700R4's have the 3 leaf spring setup.

    The 87 is the dual shock setup
    The 88 is a single shock setup

    I have often wondered what constituted the different springs /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    Maybe someone will have a better answer.

    John
     
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    i could be just suplly different plants may have used different stock??? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    My 89 Jimmy had 3 leaf front springs, single shock, no tow package, 350/700r4.

    My 90 Blazer had 2 leaf front springs, dual shock, tow package, 350/700r4.
     
  10. Drey

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    Wasnt the Dual shocks part of a Snowplow Package? Maybe they were used with the 2 leaves exclusivly or something?
     
  11. TruckNutzDude

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    my '89 and my '90 K5's both had 2 leaf spring packs and single shocks. Both had the tow package, 350/700R4. Also had an '86 K10 with dual shocks, 2 leaves 305/4-speed.
     
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    My truck had 3 leaf springs from the factory with single shocks. It had HD front springs as an option in the glovebox.
     
  13. Confedneck

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    i have 2 springs, quad shocks and a 465..stock motor was a v6, now has a 350..
     

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