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My crappy 52" front spring hanger relocation

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thedrip, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. thedrip

    thedrip 1/2 ton status

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    Finally got around to torching through all 16 rivets to make this happen. This is the first part of the truck to actually get put together in months. I've been working on taking all my various donors apart until today. This is just mocked together to facilitate drilling the new holes. will come apart when everything gets painted, washers, lockwashers, all that good stuff. I did find one piece of tech I never saw highlighted before. 3/4" long bolts are just long enough to get the nut on, but if you're using washers under the bolt heads, lock washers, or even just lock nuts, theres not quite enough shank. It really requires 1" long bolts.

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  2. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    What do you gentlemen running 52's do for a bumper mount once the stock holes are covered?
     
  3. RockinChevy

    RockinChevy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I don't have my stock bumper on anymore.... might go stinger style when I get some $$$$
     
  4. RGV72BLAZER

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    that does look a wee bit crappy, but i wouldn't consider it fully crappy. i'm glad i went with a Sky x-member, for the price, i saved myself a lot of time. doesn't look all that bad tho. i'll be running tube bumpers on mine...who knows right now tho.......
     
  5. sandawgk5

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    I am going to use 56s in the front but moving the hanger is the same either way. As for a bumper mine wont be an issue.
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  6. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Interesting point. Wasn't an issue on my '74 (73-80 have different mounts) but must be for you new-fangled guys ;)

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  7. iwaxmyjimmy

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    Sweet winch mount.
     
  8. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    Won't be a problem on mine. :wink1:

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    scott i still love your brackets, i remembered you sayin something bout that you might have some problems with them, if so let me know, ill take them off your hands:D
     
  10. jekquistk5

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    sorry to hijack, anyone else have examples of custom hangers. I need some Ideas
     
  11. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Err. Maybe mine was no problem for the same sort of reason...

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    Nah, just moves the bushing point down, but shouldn't affect bumper clearance.

    Beats me -- I'm gonna do custom bumpers this spring anyway.

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Just posted mine. There's also the whole DIY B52 thing (which dangit, I woulda bought if they'd be around when I did this... also the rear eye hanger aka ORD's FUSH. Had to make my own too =))

    Anyway, whining aside, a little 2x4 tube, some 1/4 flat stock, the requisite diamond plate trim, and some drilling and tapping... who needs axle shims when you can adjust the pinion angle through suspension? :haha:

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  13. jekquistk5

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    How much lower is that then stock??? It looks like you got an extra 2 inches or so in there
     
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    Hmm....diy b52 thing you say....

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    I have thought about the same thing as to how exaclty I am going to do a bumper, I know I will build a tubular front but I am not sure I like the amount of frame there is available to attach to. I am almost considering taking the bracket off and incorporating the bumper brackets between the spring hangers and the frame. Then I can have that plate to attach my bumper to, that way if I ever needed to pull the bumper I wouldnt have to pull the hangers as well.
     
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    BTW, dont mind the half assed bolt washer stack thing I got going on, jsut for purposes of moving the truck.
     
  16. mrk5

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    I think on mine I gained about 1.75". My next step is going to be making the rear hangers to length so that caster angle will be correct.
     
  17. mrk5

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    The big problem I had was the openings I made weren't quite big enough to clear the big washers on the bottom of the body mounts. What I've decided to do is pull it off and clean it up a little later this spring when I swap out my front clip.

    If you ever decide to try and make your own, the actual hangers themselves are from Ruffstuff. To me they are what really makes that setup nice the way they project out.
     
  18. jekquistk5

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    Well I think I'm going to try the chapo way and just move it. It they don't hold up, I'll build some. would be nice to get the extra height in the front though.
     

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