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How I did My 3" wide Ford 57's

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Corey 78K5, May 10, 2004.

  1. Corey 78K5

    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    Some of You may know that like a few others I chose to use the 3" wide 57" Ford Bronco springs over the more populer 2.5" 57's. The main reason was they were a 5 leaf pack that I feel will hold up better to the weight of the Blazers toopper and cause I have heard from other about sagging problems with the F-150 packs.
    First off I'm cheap so I used a front/rear hanger from an 84 dually for My flip.
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    I then welded half of a Chevy shackle to half of a Ford shackle. Actually it was a little more than half of each one ending up with a shackle that was 5" long
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    I used the stock front hanger and had a spring shop narrow the first 3" of the spring (just like a stock front spring) I thought about using a Ford Hanger but that would have moved the center line of the springs out 1/2" from the frame creating alinment problems with the center pins and the axel pads.
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    So far it works really good but I have not gotten a chance to really test it out due to the fact that I need to upgrade My break lines and do the crossover steering to really test the flex on it. I also mocked it up and still need to replace all the bushings and paint it all.
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  2. bigyellowjimmy

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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    Nice work and good write up! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. skratch

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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    Very nice!

    I hope that helps with the saggy butt problem.
     
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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    what year bronco have those springs
     
  5. Corey 78K5

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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    I got Mine off of an 84 Bronco, but any full size 80's-90's Bronco will have them and from what I have seen 4X4 F-150's of the same era will also have them.
     
  6. mofugly13

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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    Got mine from an '85 f250 diesel
     
  7. Hossbaby50

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    Re: How I did My 3\" wide Ford 57\'s

    Looks good. I like the idea of the Bronco springs for the little extra. Looks like you need to hack up that 14bff too. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Harley
     

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