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Old 03-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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bobbed bed leaf spring swap ?

i just did the chevy leaf swap on my 90. my brother loved the way it rides now and he wants to get a soft ride as well. he has an 85 with a bobbed bed he bought the pickup that way and the frame was chopped right at the rear perch. So chevy springs are out of the question for him. I have seen and herd people do the double shackle thing im not a fan of the look or the idea. i hurd that ford leaf springs off a 2x4 will work i measured them at a junk yard still to long? any ideas on a really soft ride in the rear for him other than a 3 or 4 link. He is a broke high school kid so hes wallet is in mind
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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You could build a frame extension and still get chevy springs, unless the bed is bobbed too short or you don't have access to a welder.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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Yea I have a welded but the whole bed and frame were chopped right at the rear perch mount and I can't convence him to bring it back to origanal lenth
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Your on the right track with the f150 springs.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=700418
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x2 on the F150 springs. My 4Runner is bobbed 12" with F150 springs. I actually had to move the shackle mount forward 3 or 4".
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Thank u a ton guys can I get a few pics of how u set it up. 87deathtrap!!
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is it a pickup? ZUK mod?
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Here's a link that might save you some time at the junkyard.
http://littlekeylime.com/MrN/mrnimages/leaf_springs.png

I got most of my information from the same thread that Rattlewagon linked above, here some pics:

New front spring hanger placed 11" forward of the factory one (hole to hole). Be sure to line it up with the old one to get the springs straight.
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Some guys get away without moving the shackle mount, I didn't. You've just got to tack and cut until you get the right shackle angle, mine was 3-4" forward.
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I would suggest buying all new spring hangers and shackle mounts, they're just too thin to cut off and re-weld IMO. I went with creeper joints and don't have any real complaints.
They ride pretty smooth, flex well, and have way better departure angle than Chevy 63's.
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Hows the axle wrap with the f150s? Any need for a traction bar?
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Hows the axle wrap with the f150s? Any need for a traction bar?
I haven't noticed any axle wrap with these springs, yet.
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perfect thanks did it throw your pinion off at all ?
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The pinion angle dropped a little, but it still seems fine. I don't have any rear end vibration, aside from a twisted up d-shaft.
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