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How many leaves do you have in your 52"s?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    I'm looking at buying a new set of 52s from JC Whitney. I have some stock rear springs, but I don't really know what condition they were in(had add a leaves when I used them), and why not get some new springs? They are cheap. I seem to remember mine are 5 leaves total, but they have 6 and 7 leaves on JC Whitney.
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    5 is stock 4x4 pack and 6-7 is optinal packs.
     
  3. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, the packs I started with are 5 plus the overload I believe... I yanked the overload and added a thin leaf to mine. All this info is coming soon in my all-encompassing bellavista-style 52" spring swap writeup...

    j
     
  4. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Mine are from an '85 K5 and are 4 leaf + overload. I don't think removing the overload is a good idea. Kinda like a limiting strap for the springs. It'll help keep the springs from over flexing and bending/breaking. Mine is flexy enough with only 4" of lift, that I'm running into other problems because of all the flex. The CV thing on the t-case end of the front driveshaft is rubbing on the crossmember at full flex. I'm within 1.5" of maxing out a 14" travel shock. Even located 2" forward, my 42's make hard contact with the firewall. I had to trim a bunch of protruding crap off the the firewall with the plasma, and bash the hell out of it with a sledge to gain more clearance. I haven't had a chance to test it yet either, so I don't even know if it's gonna help. Removing the overload to gain even more flex is, IMO, reduntant and pointless. They flex almost too much as it is.
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  5. jarheadk5

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    Way off topic here, but...

    I'm looking at your left-side spring plate (actually both, now that I looked a little closer), and I see no threads showing from your U-bolt nuts. Did you just cut them off flush?
    FYI (if you even care), the rule in aviation is there must be 2-3 threads showing from a properly-torqued nut, to ensure the entire nut is bearing the tensile load. It's actually an FAA regulation...
    Just thought I'd throw that out there as food for thought. :whistle:
     
  6. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Good eye...

    Those were temporary u-bolts so I could get the axle off the table in my shop and the truck out of it's spot in front of the shop door. Just moved it around the yard like that. New u-bolts on there now. The new ones are double nut'd too. I know better than to permanently run short u-bolts like that...:p:
     
  7. surpip

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    hijack, we going there on monday?:D

    hijack off
     
  8. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    Ahhh; that's cool. The only reason I thought they might be the real deal was the paint.
     
  9. jekbrown

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    I need the pack to be as thin as possible for tie-rod clearance, so no overload for me. I understand that it sorta works as a limiting strap or bump stop... but considering I am going to use REAL limiting straps and bump stops, I don't think I'll miss it. Limiting straps don't create an extra stress point on the spring that could cause weak and/or breakage either. To each their own.

    j
     
  10. CyberSniper

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    I have 5 leaves on my 56s and that's way too few.
     
  11. big83chevy4x4

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    my 1/2 ton has 5 leaves in the left and 6 in the right (PO replaced one, right i believe) and my 3/4 ton has 4 (figure that one out :screwy: ). all are not counting the over load
     

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