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Where to get stock replacement front leaf springs for a '86 K30?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AJMBLAZER, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    I hate to admit it but utility trumps trail capability right now and I need my K30 to stay pretty stockish for my purposes. Not to mention the fact that I have 36's on with sagged front leaf springs and the good information I got from you guys about fitting them with little lift makes me think a conventional lift might not be necessary.


    ...oh yeah, there's also the 5'ish wife who goes through gymnastics to get into it... [​IMG]

    Anybody know where you can get stock replacement front leaf springs for a '86 Chevy K30?
    I see you can order stock replacement leaf springs from JCWhitney...anybody used them?
     
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    any gm frt spring will do of the same style. thay just need to be 2 or 3 leaf to your liking. if you want a bit more grab 2 packs and dubble up the lowers as thats all gm basicly did for 2 to 3 leaf.
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    Was there anything special about the K30 front springs? I'm not looking to hang a plow off of it but I would like it to sit a bit more level despite the weight of the 6.2L.
     
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    They were probably rated heavier.

    As a for instance, GM changed the spring rates in their RWD car springs (front particularly) when there was a difference as small as AC, so I can imagine a vehicle theoretically rated to carry twice as much as a K5 would get correspondingly stiffer springs.

    Also as a for instance, my stock 3 leaf springs bottom out on my K5, and it's right at 5000lbs. Obviously spring condition plays a part in that, but it's not all.
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    That's what I figured. I was confused by the first reply.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    If you can wait, I may be able to find the part numbers/weight ratings in a couple of days.

    GM may actually still sell them, I bet they aren't cheap if they do. :)
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    No problem.

    A. I'm unemployed right now.

    B. It's about freezing in my garage and my Tracker's parts truck is still sitting in the only bay that Big Ugly fits in.

    I got time.:crazy:
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    anybody else?
     
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    You may want to try a set of add-a-leaves, the overload spring type, they will really add some arch to a worn set of springs. I put a set on the rear of my 87 4-runner and gained a good 2-3" of lift. The ride also improved.
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    I might consider long aal's like that. I used them in the rear of my Ranger with good results. Especially since I discovered that BU's front springs are only 3 leaves. I thought there'd be more for sure...:confused:
     
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    There were 8 different front springs between '85-89.

    5 unique for '85-87, 3 unique to '88-89..

    15565045 is the PN for V1/2 with RPO F60 (HD FT SPRING) and for V3. '88-89

    460354 is the PN for '85-86 K3 and K1/2 with HD front springs.

    No one ton springs listed for 1987.:confused:

    It *IS* true at least for those years, that all 3 leaf springs are HD.
     
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    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    Cool, thanks man.

    Any idea how many leaves all of those are? Mine are a 3 leaf pack.
     
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    Those are all 3 leaf.

    Everything else is 2. Only options from 1985-1989.
     
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    Shweet, thanks again.:cool1:
     

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