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Has anyone done 2" lift 52's up front?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Zeus33rd, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    I'm lookin to get my truck alittle higher to keep the tire off the steering box, and give me a bit more clearance between the engine crossmember. My ghetto/booty fabbed engine crossmember gets so close to the spring plates it's rediculous. The drag link is pretty tight in there too. So has anyone done the 2" lift 52's up front? One thing I don't want to do is compromise the flex I get out of the stock 52's I have now. If the 2" lift ones are way stiffer, I'll figure somethin else out. If anyone has pictures that would be cool too. :D
     
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    Joe, why not just lower the front mount and gain an inch or 2.
    Chvyhs did it and it has worked fine. He didn't want to loose his 6 in lift when he switched to 52 on his burb.

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    the 52'' im going to use are 2'' lift and they still flexed alot probably not as good as stock ones but close im sure. id say drop the bracket down some. this will also give you a better front pinion angle. not sure what it will do for steering though
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I agree, seems like it would screw up the castor a lot. :dunno:
     
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    i say go with the 2'' lift springs. the crappy ones i have are still pretty flat and flex alot. thats my 2 cents
     
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    the pic esteban posted, looks like it would work fine, but you would be taking away from your approach angle quite abit, and the castor might be all messed up too
     
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    I did it and it was too high for me w/ the 3" body lift. It also, due to the arch of the lift springs threw the shackle angle nearly vertical.

    Here's comparision pics between 2" lift TC 52's and stock 52's

    TC 2" Lift 52's:
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    Shackle angle w/ TC 52's:
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    Stock 52's:
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    (after fender trimming)
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    Shackle angle w/ stock 52's:
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    <Ok, sort of on topic and sort of hijacking...>

    I know installing 52's pushes the front axle forward 2".

    If the shackle angle with the lift spring is bad what if you didn't move the front hanger to the typical position, what if you put it directly under the body mount? I assume the axle would remain more or less in the original position, right? Any "cons" to going directly under the mount? Strength issues?

    :thinking:
     
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    I think I like this idea the best so far. Seems the easiest without compromising flex. That pictures looks pretty ghetto to me though. Gott find a cleaner way of doing it. :D
     
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    I dont think that joe is worried about castor angle :D
     
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    kidjethro that is how im doin mine. everyone i know does it that way. it really depends on how you design yours. main reason i did it was for more wheelbase. my spring will move up 4-5 inches. alot of toyota guys do it and it works out great. it can also be a good place to base exos, bumpers or winches off of
     
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    Yeah if you go to Socal we have had this discussion recently about how ghetto that looks. One guy posted a pic of bluetorch's crossmember and it looks pretty sweet. It's not made for our rigs but gives you an idea.
     
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    hmm i like that crossmember mine looks the same cept my brackets are a little different. i like them they do really good and stiffen the frame up a little more
     
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    That is how I am doing my S10 front. Crossmember/spring mount/bumper. Hate the look of just simple drop mounts.
     
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    if the shackle angle wasnt right, why not just move the mount up a little more till it was?
     
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    I'm running factory 52's with the 4 factory leaves and the overload removed. I also added 3 extra leaves for a 6 leaf pack. It doesn't compromise flex. I'm using all of a 15" Rancho.

    Write up on my spring packs are in my sig.

    Ryan
     
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    why not make a 2" drop on the front, (to gain 1") and then a zero rate or such?
     
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    if u drop the front hangar to much u mess with steering and caster problems. it also points ur tie rod down making easier to get hit by rocks
     

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