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SPRING help (56" and 52")

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by juanblzer, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. juanblzer

    juanblzer 1/2 ton status

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    SPRING help (56\" and 52\")

    Alright, I picked up a set of 1ton chevy springs (56"). I am wondering if I can use only the main leaf and then use my leaves from my original blazer springs (52"). Anyway to tell which side is which on these 56". I don't want the thing to ride like a buckboard and I dont need any lift in the back (I already have the shackle flip). Any help is geatly appreciated.
    Juan

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    Re: SPRING help (56\" and 52\")

    The front side is the side with the shorter distance to the center pin (from the eye).
    You might be able to get away with swaping your shackle flip brackets form side to side (put the right one on the left...) but you will have a big shackle angle (around 60deg). Your better bet would be to move the flip bracket back around 4" (I would move it back till the front holes line up with the rear holes to keep from drilling too many holes in the frame).

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    Re: SPRING help (56\" and 52\")

    Hey Juan, those are 3/4 ton springs that I sold you.The front of the springs are shorter distance to the center bolts.I would and have remove two of the leafs,the bottom two leafs(not the overload!).Then flip the overload leaf over(better flex).Be sure to mount your rear shackle flip mount 2-4" rearward.This will give a great ride and no additional lift.Good luck! Mike
     
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    Re: SPRING help (56\" and 52\")

    Don't even use your 52s. Just take out all but 4 of the leafs from the 1 ton springs. Depending on exactly which 4 springs you keep, you can adjust the ride. This is exactly what I did on my K30 and now the back, with no bed, just floats easily on the springs with plenty of movement. For the flip, I would say move it back about 3" would give you a nice shackle angle (IMHO), 4" is going to have it almost vertical again. Or, you could get a modified Springer setup like Shaggy (?IIRC?) and get some great movement in your rear suspension. Marv has a really sweet setup.

    Russ

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    Re: SPRING help (56\" and 52\")

    Thanks to you all.
    Juan

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