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wrong spring packs?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by trialanderror, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. trialanderror

    trialanderror Registered Member

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    hey guys, i was looking up under my 77 k5 to see what is in store for me when i get ready to do my shackel flip and i noticed that the passanger side in the rear has 8 leaf springs and that the driver side only has 6. could this mean the that the frame may be bent or is this a normal thing. it seems to sit level even thought it has the extra springs...also will this adversly affect the shackel flip that i have planned in the future. thanks in advance
     
  2. zeroz400

    zeroz400 1/2 ton status

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    I had the same problem, diff amounts of leaves in rear spring packs, my bed was to messed up but i went to the junkyard and got new springs, needed the hangers anyways cuz mine were rotted. Junkyard is prolly you best bet, dont let them charge you $80 like i did.
     
  3. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    It sounds like the spring was replaced by somebody that either did not know what they where doing, or did not care. The spring with 6-leafs is probobly the original one, and the spring with 8-leafs may be from a 3/4 ton pick-up truck. You may want to look and see if there is any sign of damage from a crash to that part of the truck where the 8-leaf spring was installed.
     
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    my truck had stock 6 leaf springs in back and flexing them cracked two leafs in the middle of the pack, i planned on putting stock 3/4 ton 7 leaf rears from a parts truck i had but couldnt get the 1/2 ton springs off with out cutting them (damn east coast trucks) so i did one side only. It currently has 7 leaf 3/4 ton springs on pass side and 6 leaf 1/2 ton springs on drivers side. seems to be fine and is prob. a little crooked but i cant notice it. My suggestion is pull 2 leafs out of the spring pack and make the 1 side 6 leaf to match the other. btw all the 73 to 79 trucks had crappy frames and don't measure perfect so measuring might not always work.
     
  5. trialanderror

    trialanderror Registered Member

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    thanks

    hey guys thanks for yalls input. im gonna try to take 2 of the leafs out and see if its still ok...which 2 do you recomend me removing.i was sorta thinking the 2 middle 1's but yall are he source as far as k5's go so help me out please...also I am trying to figure out if i can send a check somewhere to become a full member of this site since i am always on here. (at least 2 times daily). so if yall could help a fellow k5er out it would be appreciated.
     

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