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weird way of 52" swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by basing110, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. basing110

    basing110 1/2 ton status

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    http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/brandpages/chevy/131_0407_long/

    just read that and they didnt move the front perch and it still moved the axle forward 1.5" forward? ive never seen a 52" swap done like that.comments on the quality of that please cause i am wondering why they did that
     
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    humm, haven't seen that before w.o moving perch. Im not down with that idea at all... :screwy:
     
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    if you do the math, that actually moves the axle back 2"
     
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    Those are custom springs. I would bet the center pin or bolt is not in the same place as a stock 52 inch spring.
     
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    with all the little snafu's they ran into I think I'd rather move the front spring hanger forward, I remember that article and thinking that it seemed way too much of a hassle for what they were trying to achieve
     
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    Those front springs that they got from deaver is part of a complete type of kit that they make. I was down at deaver a few weeks ago picking up some stuff for work and I was talking to one of there reps. He was saying that they now make and stock those springs for our trucks with the shackle and what not. As a result its a little cheaper then having them make you a full custom set. I dont remeber the prices but I do remember that having a custom set made was about 300 dollars more expensive. In fact that same blazer was down there, its a good lookin truck. Has anyone been down there? There shop is awesome, they said they have been there for over 80 some odd years. Its a really old lookin barn in an older part of santa ana.
     
  7. JeffHK5

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    I run this set-up and it works great. My springs are from Alcan and consist of 11 leaves and a offset center pin, +7 on the back of the spring. They have between 7-8" of lift and with a +2" shackel moved back 5", it has alot of flex (actualy too much!).

    Now the bad stuff, with the stock diff center line a 38.5x15 Bogger gets into the firewall at full stuff, so some hacking is needed. Also with a thick leaf pack like my Alcans theres no room for a zero-rate and high & crossover steering can hit the tops of the springs if you run a heavy DOM tierod or drag link. No wheelbase change :(

    I think I paid like 480$ for the front set with bushings and they flex like crazy.

    It was an easy upgrade without the R&D of mixing an matching leaves for the correct balance of flex/lift and spring life.

    It was my first "custom" leaf spring project and I had little knowledge of what makes a fullsize work offroad.

    It's not the only way to do it but it is a viable option.

    Just my .02

    Thanks Jeff
     
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    After reading all this I tend to believe that using stock 52's for a flexy front has some great advantages over expensive, custom length springs to acheive the flex

    Mike
     

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