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tRusty is sitting on 57's now (early spy pic's up now...)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tRustyK5, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (early spy pic\'s up now...)

    I'm not quite done but she is back on her tires with the 57" long Ford F-150 springs under her./forums/images/icons/cool.gif/forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    I recently picked up a used set off a 90 F-150 and spent 3 days grinding, buffing and painting the indvidual leafs. I added new UHMV slip pads and new center bolts and coated each leaf with 3 good coats of flat black epoxy paint. I redrilled the center bolt hole 1.5" farther back to keep the axle centered in the wheelwell.

    I did a poor mans shackle flip by cutting the bottom out of the hanger and gusseting the top side of it. I extended my shackles 1.5", and I moved the hanger back 2.5".

    One thing that I found out was the Ford springs use a 7/16" center bolt so the head of the center bolt does not fit the 14 bolt diff perch. I had to open up the hole to 5/8" for them to drop in. Using the stock perch location I'll need to add a 3 degree shim to get my pinion angle where it was before...that's on tomorrow nights list of things to finish. The U-bolts haven't been torqued yet so it shouldn't take long.

    I have been taking detailed pic's of my progress at each step including a few with the tape measure out for comparison to the 52 stock spring. As it sits right now (no topper on it) I gained 1/2" of lift without adding or removing any leafs from the stock 57" leaf packs I bought. I used the 4 leaf + overload springs. I figure it should settle down to the same height with the top back on due to the much softer spring rate.

    I will also get some ramp pic's (our club has it's own RTI ramp). My previous numbers were 935 frontwards at 20 degrees and 1065 backwards at the same angle. I am hoping to pass those numbers by a fair margin.

    As a side note I did all this on my back patio and in the single carport we have a home. I normally beg my boss for the shop at work but I no longer have that job so I had to do it the hard way.

    Rene

    *edit* check mj's post below for spy pic's...no laughing at the chrome exhaust tips please!/forums/images/icons/crazy.gif
     
  2. 55Willy

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    SWEET!!!!

    I found a set here for the wagon./forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
  3. ol_grayfeather

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Sounds like you've been busy...dont forget the pictures!!!

    Dan
     
  4. mudhog

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    congrats brother cant wait to see the pics /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Okay...so you beat me to the furd springs....but I got cha on the vertable thing /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif


    Me would like to see dem pics /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Aaaah, the ol' back patio trick. i've done 2 lift kits and a motor swap on my back patio. hey, its the flattest place for me to work /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif luckily the wife didn't care. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    can't wait to see pics, Rene!
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Awesome, Rene! Pics ought to be cool.......... /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Cool Beans!!!!! When you did the flip, how much did it bring your pinion up?
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    I thought you had gotten some 57" tires!
     
  10. tRustyK5

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    I took some measurements from the edge of the pinion yoke to the ground with my old 52" springs and the pinion came up 5/8" higher with the 57's. A 3 degree shim brought it back down a little over 1/2" so it's really close to where it was before.

    Rene
     
  11. tRustyK5

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

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    I thought you had gotten some 57" tires!

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    LMAO!!! That would be much more impressive than 57" springs... /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    Rene
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    Sounds like a nice setup Rene, lets see the pics!

    What 4x4 club do you belong to Rene?? Are they outta Surrey or elsewhere?

    Any chance I could tag along on a club run when I get back at the end of August.. If my rig will make the grade of course.
     
  13. tRustyK5

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    The pic's are being developed, so they should be up in the next coupla days.

    I belong to a club calling itself "The Herd of Turtles" or H.O.T. for short. Lots of Jeeps (mostly XJ's) and little trucks, quite a few near stock...I joined because they wheel really often and seem to have a friendly attitude. Tag-a-longs are welcome...

    Shoot me an email when you get to the coast and we'll do some wheelin!!!/forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    Rene
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    LMAO!!! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif I thought you got 57" tires, too!!! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now

    you should borrow my digi camera for projects like that.
    waiting for pics is so 80s
     
  16. tRustyK5

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (Springs, not tires)

    I don't have room at my house to borrow any more of your stuff/forums/images/icons/shocked.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif Besides I like the suspense of waiting to see if any turned out worth sharing.../forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    I got it all done now and i still can't get over the diference in the ride back there. Those springs just soak up the huge speedbumps in our complex like they were made of liquid /forums/images/icons/cool.gif /forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    I'll get it on our club ramp for a head to head comparison from the 52's to the 57's. The last time I ramped my truck the only thing different was the rear springs.

    Rene
     
  17. m j

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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (Springs, not tires)

    sounds like you need to move to a bigger place

    those heepers you ride with will never give your truck the respect it deserves even though you were already outramping all of them prior to the new stuff.
    your next run you should try a bump n pass style, you should borrow my tire chains for that
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (Springs, not tires)

    No more snow wheelin for a while...

    Those 'heeper' friends of mine were over checkin the new springs tonight...I'm hoping they are there when I ramp it./forums/images/icons/smile.gif
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    your next run you should try a bump n pass style

    [/ QUOTE ]I did that at Walker Valley in the snow...I don't recomend it./forums/images/icons/laugh.gif "Damn trees..."

    Rene
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (Springs, not tires)

    not the trees THE HEEPS
     
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    Re: tRusty is sitting on 57\'s now (Springs, not tires)

    congrats man!! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     

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