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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by noahrob, May 3, 2006.

  1. noahrob

    noahrob 1/2 ton status Author

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    I have been researching springs for a few months. I was getting frustrated so started talking to BDS, but after finding out that their "no fine print" warranty had fine print I scratched them off the list. Deavers looked awesome, but between the price and the fact that the guy I talked to on the phone was kind of a, well not a jerk or anything, but not very helpful, I decided to go with these guys...Charles was a cool guy and hooked me up.

    I have thicker front shackles with 1/2 bolts which means I will run the new front bushings, upper and lower without the little metal sleeves (unless someone knows why I should not do this). Installed pics to come soon...

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    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    awesome, looks great! i'd like to get some dever since their factory is a few miles from me
     
  3. The Butcher

    The Butcher 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Aren't the sleeves in there to prevent the bolts from chewing up the bushings?
     
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    What did the Alcans run you per pair if you don't mind me asking?
     
  5. noahrob

    noahrob 1/2 ton status Author

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    The Deavers were $750 a pair!!! The Alcans were about $400 a pair...I would have to look at the invoice for the exact price...
     
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    Very nice !

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    Yeah, seems to me like the threads on the bolts would kill the bushings pretty quick. You CAN get bushing/sleeve combos with the right ID for bigger bolts ... call ORD and bug Stephen about it, methinks. I would offer my part #'s, but I'm running 52's up front, so mine wouldn't work for ya anyway.

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  8. noahrob

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    Yeah, you are 100% correct. The more I thought about it the more I realized (as I often do after I get a bright idea) that running without the sleeve, especially since the diamter of the bolt would be considerably smaller than the I.D. of the bushing, woudl destroy the bushing. I will call ORD. Thanks for the input.
     
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    noahrob 1/2 ton status Author

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    Here are the springs installed in the truck, a little low rider in the back, not exactly sure why, but I have zero rates if need be...maybe I can lift it with new shackles in the rear?

    Anyway, the first two rides on the Alcans and so far, very very stoked.

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    Alcans are some fleeeexy setups. I would love to get me some. Wait till you start tucking and extending those!
     
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    Is the weight of the truck on the springs in that last pic? If so it looks like the shackle angle isn't very bueno. The springs look sweet though.
     
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    what makes a deaver spring worth 750 bones over twice that of another brand?????
     
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    You said you had TC's on and they lost some lift? I think it is more that they settled in. I have 3" TC's on now for 3 years and they only lost about a 1/4" in hight. Your new Alcans will do the same thing over time. Also what was the deal on BDS? Alcans are nice springs but if I spent $800 on a set of springs I would hope not to have to use a set of $40 zero rates to make it sit level.
     
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    where are alcans stationed? thats very reasonable considering i called a shop and they were wanting like $450 for BDS lifted 63's. ill have investigate this option.

    how do alcans flex generally?
     
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    why is it that a set of leaf springs are so damn sexy. I love new parts. :D thanks for the truck porn.
     
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    txfiremank5 - why no bueno on the shackle angle?

    85-m1028 - I have no idea what is so speacial about Deavers except that they have a lot of thin leaves and are strong as anything...

    Wayne - You are so right, I will call Alcan this week. As for the BDS, their "no fine print" warranty had fine print and that just ticked me off. Also, the BDS weren't that much less expensie than the Alcans, which are located in Colorado.
     
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    My Alcan's have 11 leafs up front and 9 for the rear. All very thin. They're also 2" longer than stock front and rear (49"/54"). Are those a kit spring from Alcan?

    The shackle should be kicked back 10 degrees or so, not forward 30 or so which it appears to be in the pic. Do you know the spring lengths off hand? Stock is 47"...

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    Oh yeah, the front shackles are kicked forward like that because the truck is still on the stands...I'll take a better picture tomorrow. The lengths are stock, although I thought the fronts were longer than 47"..?
     
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    LOL...that makes sense then!! :haha:

    Rene
     
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    Like TrustyK5 said, the angle should be back. But you answered that already. I figured it probably was on the stands that are in the pic, but wasn't sure.
     

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