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Old 05-29-2006, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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63" Chevy spring swap

Well I have just completed stage 1 of the swap.
I have had these springs sitting in my garage for over a month. Recently my rear passenger pack decided to crease for no apearent reason. The truck was riding on the pass bumpstop and I was worried about the pack breaking sending my axle flying!

Look at this crap.
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So I got to work fabricating the hangers and shackles. Garrett came over several times to help get this whole thing together and I can't thank him enough!!!
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Look at those springs.
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Chevies are LONG!
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I just realized that I have no pics of the finished product sitting flat.

Only flexed.

This loading dock really maxed out my stock junk.
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Now I need something bigger.
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That is more like it.
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Urban wheeling at it's finest.
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Jeeze!
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As you can see I have stock springs up front and they aren't budging!
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Once the front gets some tlc I will be flexin all over the place!
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When I bought the truck the bumpstops in the rear where only one inch from touching. Now with the chevies on there the bump stops sit 6.75" away from the frame! I am willing to say that I got 5.5" of lift from the chevies over my saggy stock springs. WOW.

Future work includes:
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-uhmw polyethylene in between each leaf
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I am so happy with the springs so far. The flex blows my mind.
Not bad for a 50 dollor set of springs!
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it's too big and flexes too well. go back to stock.
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Old 05-29-2006, 08:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You know, I feel like this is the first REAL mod I have done. It is just the first I have ever done to the suspension. Can't wait to finish the rear and get started on the front!!!!
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Old 05-29-2006, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i have the chevy spring swap too though don't know enough about how they perform. i wish i knew how to weld and cut like that, beautiful work!
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For cutting I used about 10 cut off wheels for my harbor frieght angle grinder. Everything was from plate.

If I had to do it again I would have used square tube for the hanger. Also I would have been more careful as to what kind of metal I was getting out of the scrap bin. See drilling metal for explanation.
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how would you have used square tube for the hanger?
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Like this.
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Old 06-17-2006, 04:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What the hell?

10 Man points to who ever can specifically say what these little pacman things are.

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What, no body has any man juice tonight? Fine I won't update untill someone gets it.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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they are shock mounts for the u-bolt plates
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another thing to note: wtf happened to the overload leafs from your stock pack? running without them is no doubt the reason for the failure.

using 3.5"^2 X .25" wall tubing for the hangers is definitely the way to go. also, if you need new busings for your chevy springs, napa has them.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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10 MAN POINTS FOR PETER!

That is exactly what they are. Yep the overload has been out for a while and no doubt the cause of the bent pack.

I got new poly bushings from energy suspensions. The part # is in the pirate faq.

Pics after work.
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Ok, update.


Let me just say something about UHMW-PE(Ultra High Molecular Weight - PolyEthylene)
It is used in my pack just like the little teflon pads in normal packs. The UHMW is 30 times slicker and I think its stronger too. I heard about it from an article(posted below) and decided to give it a try. It is pretty cool tech if you ask me.

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This stuff is about 40 bucks for a 50ft roll that I can do BOTH axles with.

Ok. Back to my truck.



Bam, everything is gone.
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A king on his throne.
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Got the springs painted, made some antiwrap leafs out of some yj leafs(far left) and replaced the bottom leaf with another from the chevy pack with clamps.
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Shot of the clamp and how I beveled each end of the leafs so they would rub smoothly on the uhmw-pe.
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Beveled.
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These are the brackets for the shocks. The two pacman ones are for the ubolt flip plate and the triangles fit on my crossmember I made.
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Welded, cleaned, just painted.
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All 1/4" thick. Beef.
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Made this with my left over slider material. The triangles are also 1/4" beef.
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It sits directly above the axle, welds on top of the frame. My shocks will never break the mounts.
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I am waiting on the paint to dry up more before I move on. Soon, I will weld on the crossmember and swap out the plates for the ones on the truck now. Pics when it's done.
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Is that a pro mig 135 you're using for the welds?
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just warning you, you will probably hate the shocks angled in that far. their effective dampening will be cut in half. taking a corner at speed and nailing a pothole or a rough spot will be some scary S H I T my friend.
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Those welds are made with my lincoln 175pro. Quite a bad ass machine if you ask me.

I am actually impressed with how much these things stiffened up the ride. I have been going to work and back(little more than a block) with no shocks now for like 4 days. With the shocks in there I am not bouncing all over the road!

But it really seemed to make bumps a bit rougher than the cushy chevies alone. Also it seemed like it limited my flex just a schmidgen. Maybe not, I didn't measure.

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These are rancho 5012's by the way.
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Need to play with the ebrake cable to get it farther away from the shock.
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You can see the uhmw-pe sandwitched inbetween the leafs here.
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Still have plenty of flex left in the shocks. Especially drooping.
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Have at least an inch of shock left to stuff, which is probably like 2 inches of wheel travel.
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The ride is really good. It handles alot like any truck would. Very predictable. I went down really bumpy roads, over train tracks, down the highway at 75+, and flexed it out. I am very pleased with the work/money put in vs the results. Just love em!
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your shocks are upside down, ranchos are supposed to be mounted can down
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Does it really matter? I just wanted less unsprung weight.
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when i ran ranchos, they didnt dampen as effectively upside down, something with the valve and the way the oil and gas sits in there.
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Hmmm. Well I didn't really make the brackets to fit can down. I think the can will hit the bottom bracket.

Oh well I guess now I have to get bilsteins. I think that is right, can up for those and can down for rancho.

Wish I would have remembered that before.:pat:
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