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homebrew zero rates

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbadchev84, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. bigbadchev84

    bigbadchev84 1/2 ton status

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    i want to make my own so does anyone have the dimensions handy? i just want to use them as straight up lift blocks, my other question is, will a rear 3/4ton 2" block u-bolt work for the u-bolt right next to the diff on a 44? thanks
     
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    fatbob 1/2 ton status

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    Lift blocks on Front axle are a real bad idea. Lift it with springs or a shackle lift, preferably springs.
    EDIT: My mistake, I read 2 inch block u-bolt and thought that implied you wanted make a 2 inch zerorate for the front.
     
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    bigbadchev84 1/2 ton status

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    I thought zerorates were safe because they tie in with your leaf springs, i already have 8inch springs, just looking for extra room for my 39.5 boggers
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    How thick do you intend to make them? The ORD ones are only 1" thick. As for the other dims I would think the width of the spring pack and length of the pad on the axle.
     
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    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    here is what happened when I told my buddy about Zero Rates. I told him, yeah to make some at home just cut down a nice thick overload spring. He figured 10 would be fine.

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    A rear ubolt from a truck with a 14bff will work for a front diff next to the pumpkin. A for blocks in the front that is a bad idea. A 1" zero rate is ok as long as it is part of the spring pack. Anything taller then 1" might be iffy though.

    Harley
     
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    Found out about that when I kept trying to put the projects axle back in . That one u-bolt is spaced differently than the other 3 on 1/2 ton stuff , two different springplates up front too , left and right :k5: :k5:
     
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    What kind of abortion is that...?
     
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    check scary steering, I sent it in a while ago, theres stuff there about it. He has removed them.
     
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    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Are those front and rear shackles too?:yikes: :yikes: :screwy:
     
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    just front, they are factory ford mounts on his F150. Problem is he used an older style Dana 60 which has the narrower spring pads. If you check out scary steering you will see pictures of that work.
     
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    i was only wanting to go an inch, i got som 1"x4"x2.5" flat bar and the longer spring pack bolts, i just figured i could do it cheaper than i could buy them for.
     
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    sounds like you are good to go then. I'd round the top edges in case the springs go negative it puts less stress on them at the corners of the zero rate. Otherwise I'd drill them holes and go. Make sure you have a new center pin and not just bolt them to the spring pack.
     

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