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Moving the front axle forward??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 87GMCJimmy, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. 87GMCJimmy

    87GMCJimmy 1/2 ton status

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    I need to lengthen my front drive shaft anyway and was wondering how far can you move the front axle forward by redrilling the spring perchs and u bolt plates. Any problems/issues with this? I don't have x-over steering yet but will someday.

    Thanks for any info.
    Mike
     
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    spoolnaround 1/2 ton status

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    Not sure about the front but on the rear I drilled my 57" Ford springs 1 1/2" back. IMO as long as you keep the old hole under the spring plates you should be fine.
     
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    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    Seems like a lot of work when the zero rates are so cheap. -
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    spoolnaround 1/2 ton status

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    Safer too, and by the time you spend sharpening drill bits and all thats what I would do if I had to do it all over again. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. 87GMCJimmy

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    I know some people have done this by drilling the spring perches and u bolt plates and not drilling the spring itself. Yes you can go with the zero rate also but I really don't want a full inch of lift in the front. Maybe built a thin zero rate??

    Mike
     
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    I moved my D60 forward 1.25" by drilling the perch and spring plates. I didn't want another inch of lift either...

    Rene
     
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    I moved mine forward 1" by drilling the perches and spring hold down plates. It is easy to do with no problems afterwards and it's free. One problem you may have using the zero rates is with cross over steering and drag link to spring contact, that's one reason why I didn't go the 0 rate route. I did fab some zero rates for the rear of mine that move the axle back 1.5"s.
     
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    You can get away with an inch with the stock drag link most of the time. Much over that and your pushing it. The shorter the dragling the worse the flexed up bound up steering becomes.
     
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    I did it with the Z-rates, if you do it that way then you might have to drill out the u-bolt plates on the top and your sway bar might have to removed /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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