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New post for the 52" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Zeus33rd, May 22, 2004.

  1. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    Figured it was time for a new thread about this...ALOT of pictures in the old one.

    Old compared to the new..
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    Flexed..
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    Un-flexed, no weight on the springs..
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    I used the tractor to put some weight on the springs. I dunno how "correct" this is...Didn't really feel like tryin to stack a bunch of $hit on the frame to test it. Put pressure on it till the front tires on the tractor came off the ground.
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    This is what the shackle looked like with the tractor pushin on it..
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    It seems to me that this will work out fine. lol, It's gonna have to, I do NOT feel like makin another set of shackles. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    This shot is pretty cool, gotta love the Hypertherm 900. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
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    And my best friend makin an ass of himself..
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    Nice pics /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I'm doing the same thing with the blazer when I get around to doing it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    How long did you make your shackles from hole to hole?
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    The ones I made today are 6" center to center. The first set were 4". They caused the spring to bottom out on the frame. As you can see, not a problem now. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    looks like you get to move the shackle mount forward
    then it will really ride nice
    wait til you get engine in it before moving
    it is a 1 hr job with your tools so no biggie
    actually faster if you use the plasma to burn the frame
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    Move the shackle mount forward....I assume this is to kick the shackle angle back a bit more? I know that it should/could be angled back a bit more...Hmmm...How far forward? There are, IIRC, 4 bolts/rivits that hold the mount thing on right? Would I just move it forward to use the front to holes, and drill 2 more? I can't remember right now what the area looks like, so I might have that a bit confusing.... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    lookin good /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

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    Would I just move it forward to use the front to holes, and drill 2 more

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    yup, in my case because of the angle of the frame I could use 1 of the existing and redrill 3 bolt holes
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

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    Move the shackle mount forward....I assume this is to kick the shackle angle back a bit more? I know that it should/could be angled back a bit more...Hmmm...How far forward? There are, IIRC, 4 bolts/rivits that hold the mount thing on right? Would I just move it forward to use the front to holes, and drill 2 more? I can't remember right now what the area looks like, so I might have that a bit confusing.... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    good news... its actually quite easy to move the shackle point forward in the frame... you just use one of the forward hole and dril the other 3. I used a hole saw for the center section.

    bad news... if you move your shackle point forward in the frame, you get to go for round 3 in making another set of shackles. I made mine 7 1/4" which seems be about as short as you can go before your spring eye starts getting into the frame again.
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    here is the pic that worries me, I did this last year at evans creek and snapped that bolt, went home with the spring ratchet strapped to the frame rail/forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif do you think you may suffer the same?
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    carry a spare bolt if it worries you
    I have broken that bolt as well
    not a big deal
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    I upgraded to 1/2 inch grade 8 at the frame and 9/16 grade 8's in the spring eyes. the stock front bolts are only 7/16's at the shackle.
     
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    Re: New post for the 52\" front spring swap...lots-o-pictures again...

    Or, punch the sleeves out and run a 5/8's bolt..... works great. Just cant overtighten them
     

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