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IFS trucks. Do 1/2 tons and 3/4 share the same front suspension mounts?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Emmettology 101, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Just wondering if the IFS trucks share the same suspension mounts up front for the control arms and such? Was thinking maybe the frame mounts are all the same and the 3/4 ton just uses wider(and beefier) control arms?


    Anyone know or havea 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton they can compare?



    Thanks!
     
  2. daleearnhardt01

    daleearnhardt01 1/2 ton status

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    Nope everything is completely different..
     
  3. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    DOH! :doah: Figures. Just my luck... Was thinking about converting to 3/4ton.. BUt looks like my only option is to SFA swap.... Thanks!
     
  4. resurrected_jimmy

    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    what are you planning on doing with the truck?
     
  5. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Just towing... Really all I need to do is get a 14SF for the rear and I'd be happy... But figured if I could come across a 3/4 ton chassis for cheap(actually know where there might be one), then I could swap all the stuff over.
     
  6. resurrected_jimmy

    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    Nice thought but no luck. I would just do the rear swap like you mentioned, add heavier rear springs and run it like it is.
     
  7. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Ya, thats probably what I'll end up doing.. Just thought I may get luck on the front. :D
     
  8. Pookster

    Pookster 1/2 ton status

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    I think the 1/2 to 3/4 is totally different, but the 3/4 to 1 ton is virtually the same.
     
  9. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    actulay its 6lug and 8 lug for the stuff basicly.

    there is 6 lug 3/4 tons. thay are light dutys.
     
  10. sledheadak

    sledheadak 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    could put a full floater 14b in the rear and get some 6 lug hubs to match your bolt pattern on the front.
     
  11. Cajun4x4

    Cajun4x4 1/2 ton status

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    6 lug 3/4 ton ifs IS 1/2 ton ifs :deal:
     
  12. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    6 lug 3/4 ton has basically nothing beefy about it. 1/2 ton front end, 1/2 ton trans, 14sfs aren't very strong.
     
  13. Cajun4x4

    Cajun4x4 1/2 ton status

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    bingo... they are 1/2 ton trucks with a guaranteed(sp?) 14sf
     
  14. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    thats the point i was makeing. :wink1:
     
  15. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Yes, i've owned a 90 light duty 3/4 ton. Should've robbed the rear axle out of it before I sold it. :doah:

    In the years I've towed things, most all were done with a 10bolt... Never had a problem with them.... But I figured it was just a matter of time before I did have a problem.. So I thought bout remedying the problem before one occurs.

    I think I'll just hunt down a 6 lug 14SF.. And call it good. And possibly add som rear air bags to stiffen up the rear some.. Also, am looking at weight distribuing hitches.... :thumb:

    Would like to go 14FF with 6 lug hubs, but only person I knew who made them was Grady's Off Road. But the are no longer in business and thats expensive...
     
  16. Pookster

    Pookster 1/2 ton status

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    depends on how you want to tackle it. You can get the 8lug FF, and then run 8 to 6 lug conversion, but you really need to buy new rims for proper backspacing.

    I dont know what your towing so I have no idea on weight. 10b's arent as strong, thats inherently true, but you could just run it til it breaks, (surprisingly, I dont hear about it too often, even from the brand new burbs and "z71's" pickups who tow 20 ft enclosed trailers at 80mph)

    Anyways, 6 lug SF is gonna be your best bet. They are tricky to find though, i've searched for a while.

    in terms of airbags, they are useful, but look at your budget too. Its better to get sway/Wd setup than to get airbags. A good sway/WD setup will be about 600-700 dollars. (dont skimp!). A good tow controller will be about 150-300. (I like the Prodigy).
     
  17. Emmettology 101

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    Just towing my K5...(well thats about the heaviest thing.) Have thought about the WD hitches. Would like to get one, but since i have to borrow a trailer, I'm going to wait until I have my own...

    Stupid me let a perfectly good 14SF 6 lugger go. :doah: It's somewhere in AR now...
     
  18. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Just checked on Reese's website, you can get a WD hitch set-up for around $300.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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  20. Emmettology 101

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    My truck is a 99. Thanks!
     

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