View Full Version : Recomended Front springs
08-01-2006, 09:47 AM
got a BII running full width Dana 70 & 60 and I got a spring shop to make me up 9" lift springs for the rear and Im goin to swap in my Dana 60 in front with leafs. Does anyone recoment springs that I could use and maybe get re arched or add some leaves to. Im running a 351, c6, 208 set up to so it will be a bit heavier. Thanks
In The Zone
08-01-2006, 10:06 AM
hmmm sounds like a nice progect the leafs would need to be realativley short and arched i imagine as the wheel base is rather short....
I dont know of anything of hand that would squeeze right in.....
08-01-2006, 07:07 PM
Squeezing in isnt really a problem. Im making my own hangers and shackles and from eye to eye with shackle strait down will be close to 46.5" give or take a little bit.
08-01-2006, 07:45 PM
you might be better off going coils up front
definitely better going coils up front, Jeff's bronco graveyard 6" super flex get rave reviews
I bought the superlift 8-9"
for leaves your mounting distance is almost perfect for chevy front leaves, 73-87 1/2 - 3/4 ton are 47" long
the trick front springs for the chev guys is to use rear springs which are 52"
shackle angle makes an amazing difference to leaf ride quality.
your mainleaf max length is determined with the shackle as far back as it can go without clearance issues
08-01-2006, 08:57 PM
ok....The reason I am goin leafs instead of coils is that it is easier and they seem to take alot more abuse then coils....I think anyway...It will be a bogger 99% of the time and will not see the street. And swaping in full length 60 is easier with leafs yopu just move the pads and its cheap as i am on a budget.[cheers]
08-02-2006, 08:35 AM
Cheap and simple?? Go leafes. I don't know what in the zone is saying about a short wheelbase needing short springs. I've never hear of that. Just locate some springs that are the right width for your perches, and if it has an integrated mount in the pumpkin, you might be further ahead to just leave them and build your frame to fit the axle, not the other way round. I'ld use the longest springs I could find. Even if you find a set that the pin is in the wrong location, just dissasemble it and move the pin where needed.
In The Zone
08-02-2006, 09:44 AM
JUST MENTIONING WITH A SPRING SAY 46" THE FACTORY WHEELBASE... IS NOT LONG . I CAN SEE WHY HE WANTS LEAF SPRINGS .........THATS ALL
AND YES I ASSUMED YOU WERE GOING TO FAB YOUR OWN PERCHES
SEEING AS THEY DONT COME THAT WAY......
PERSONALLY THOUGH I WOULD DO COILS WITH A 4 LINK
08-02-2006, 11:28 AM
In The Zone
08-02-2006, 10:54 PM
why not 4 link?
to place the axle and maintain proper caster in articulation
08-03-2006, 12:27 AM
Still think I am goin to go leafs for now. I may consider going 4 link and my fab it slowly. Ive been working on this project too long and just wanna throw the leaves in with a dana 60 and keep it simple for now. Im not too concerned about articulation just want it quick and easy. Right now it will just be a bogger and trail truck. But 4 link and coil overs are probably in the near future when i get board of just bogging and wanna make a crawle rout of it....one day:rolleyes:
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