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which has more flex?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JunkYardCrawler, May 9, 2001.

  1. JunkYardCrawler

    JunkYardCrawler 1/2 ton status

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    what would have more flex a coil over or a leaf with a buggy spring? and if the coil over how many links and whats the differance? thanx
     
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    Well unless you get the real long travel coil overs $$$$$ your going to get best results with s buggy spring for the money. You can get REAL good results without the Buggy if you choose your parts well. DepDog ramps a 980 on a 25 with his truck with EZ rides on the front, late 80's rear springs and a Shackle Flip. I do a 752 with same rear set up but I'm limited by my front Rancho springs an some shock length problems.
    There is a post titles "Three Link Flex" talk to him and see what it set him back to go to coils. Awsome truck but there was a LOT of custom work involved to make that work. You better have deep pockets or be a good fabricator before taking on a project like that.

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    Don't quote me but I believe he said he could duplicate the set-up for $4500...

    Rene

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    Yea thats what he said

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  5. JunkYardCrawler

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    what if you take the front out of a newer dodge. they come with the coilover. then fab the rest the rig to take the dodge?
     
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    It would cost about $4500.00 if you had someone do it for you. I actually have only $2000.00 in parts and a lot of sleepless nights trying to build it right the first time. I also have a friendly fabricator that has a torch table to burn out the parts from my auto cad drawings.

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    Avalanche Enginering quoted me $2500 per axle for coilover setup, sounds like a fair price.


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    I used my original 6in. spring with some of the springs removed. The buggy spring itself is from a stock main leaf cut down to fit. The only thing I bought was the ford shock towers. I have a total of about 12 hours on the install. Its a lot cheaper and works very well. If you have the money than go with the coils.

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    well i'm poor as of right now. i have read alot about your buggy spring bigdaddy. i have some questions about it for you. i have the tuff country 4 in HD springs. it has 4 leafs in it. would i still take out the 2nd and 4th spring? i was thinking about just taking out the 4th and seeing how that dose. and how do you stabilize it from going side to side? i know you have 2 bolts in yours to help with this. how far apart are they and is just thoughs 2 bolts enough to keep it stable. i can just toy around with it till i get something that works good. any advise befor i under go anything would be greatly apreciated. next would be to figure something out for the back. i like the revolvers but they cost so much. i got time to think. thanx
     
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    You will probably be fine with your springs, I was just trying to make mine a little lower and softer. I will need to measure the bolts later when the wife gets home with my rig. I used the existing bump stop hole on the frame for the bolt closest to the front end. The old shackle come down over the rear of the buggy spring to hold it in place while on the road. I will probably put some type of panhard bar on later for extra insurance. If you are going to do this, I will measure out everything for you. I forgot that I had to buy some longer brake lines and I also had to move them down from the original mount.

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