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Front Springs

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Supergas, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. Supergas

    Supergas 1/2 ton status

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    Does anybody know why someone would weld a plate at the rear shackle of the front springs to limit the rearward movement?? While installing the new Tuff Country 2" lift on my 71 Jimmy, I found a plate welded vertically at the rear of the front spring shackle that seemed to limit the travel of the spring. Neither my buddy or I could figure it out so we are going to remove it. Any comments or advice????
     
  2. JIMs70K25

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    Have the same thing on my GMC. Looking in a LMC catalog they also show it, as a bolt on. Mine is welded. My 70 GMC or <a target="_blank" href=http://communities.msn.com/jims70gmc>My 70 GMC</a>
     
  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Pretty sure that's a "stock" part. Mine's bolted in, and looks factory.

    Probably used to limit the shackle rotation so the spring didn't over-flex, or to keep the tire from moving too far back and hitting the wheelwell.

    Steve at ORD told me with his HD-Shackles I can remove that limiting plate....so I will. [​IMG]



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  4. Triaged

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    That bracket was part of a recall. There is also a welded on plate on the front spring perch. Both are also only on the driver side. They were added so some steering control would be maintained if the front spring eye bolt broke. My guess is that the sway bar on the 73- also dose the same job.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  5. LKJR

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    That is a factory part..... didn't really know why

    Like em big and topless
    You call THAT...a 4x4....LMAO?
     
  6. Burt4x4

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    Yup the 1969 Blazer was bustin front driverside eyebolts. We use to hang out at blazer-net.com , until it closed down, someone had an actual recall letter they scaned and posted for us to read. I have removed the rear plate, mine was bolted in and adjustable.

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  7. Supergas

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    Called ORD and ordered their extended HD shackles.. Then I cut the limiter out.. All is well...
    2 weeks &amp; Jimmy goes!!!

    350 TBI w/ 700R4
     

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