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what would you run, rear leaf question.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big83chevy4x4, May 28, 2005.

  1. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    my k20 has 52" springs in the rear, but they are shot big time (1 leaf on driver side is broke and sags 2" lower than the pass side.) next weekend im getting rid of the blocks and putting a good set of springs in the rear along with a home made shackle flip.

    i have a very good set of 3/4 ton 52" springs, and i bought a 86 k20 chassis with a good set of 3/4 ton 56" springs. i like the flex that i have with the 52", but also the load carrying capacity of the large pack 56". its nothing to pop the rivits off and move the hanger back 4".

    should i run the 52s or the 56s. any help would be apreciated.
     
  2. 79k20350

    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    56's are nice and i believe you can leave the hanger in the stock location, just change the side of the shackle flip (so theres no correction for shackle angle) and run longer shackles. i remember seeing a few posts about this, its supposed to give you an awsome shackle angle
     
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    Take the front spring hanger off the rear of the parts truck and use that as the shackle flip. I would also say to use the 56" leaves while you are at it.
     
  4. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    My vote is also for the 56's, the ones on my crew cab are actually pretty soft and compliant.
     
  5. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    im saving the frame for another project so i can't take those hangers off, but there are a few junk frames including a few 2wd that i will probably steal them off of.

    i may have the 56" springs sold, my buddy has 2 broken main leafs on his 3/4 56" so he NEEDS them more than i do.
     
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    You do know that the 2wd hangers are a couple inches shorter than the 4x4 hangers?
     
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    i vote fot the 56's i love mine and the ride is great :D
     
  8. big83chevy4x4

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    yea the 2wd are shorter, but the 4wd are so tall that you have to cut the top off that stick above the frame. i already measured and it will work fine.

    ill probably put the 52s in for now and find a good set of 56s in a junk yard and swap those in later, being that my friend needs them.
     

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