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Old 04-08-2007, 11:25 AM
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'47-'54 front axle flip!?

I had read in one post on here that it was possible to lower the front end of a '47-'54 chevy truck by cutting off the leaf spring mounts and flipping them ontop of the axle and welding them back on. To me it sounds like it should work. But I had posted the same question regarding flipping the front axle on a different site and I was told that I couldn't because you apparently can't (or aren't supposed to) weld on the stock front axle. Has anybody ever lowered their frontend this way? Or know of anyone who has? Did any problems arise? How was the ride quality? Thanks in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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It can be done..but one does not flip the axle because of issues with camber and caster as that is built into the axle..One cuts the spring mounts off and positions the axle on top of the spring instead of underneath..a new spring pad needs to be fabricated and welded to what is now the bottom of the axle..the part contacting the spring in order to maintain proper location and caster..then the spring u-bolts hold it together..You will lose some spring travel as the axle is now closer to the frame so the axle will be much closer to the bump stops..the ride will be the same as always as the springs are still then same..

Needs to be carefully done in order to maintain proper front end alignment..looks easy when done but one needs to be a bit anal in getting it done properly..

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That's exactly what I was thinking of doing. I didn't mean to literally "flip" the axle over, 'cus if anything that would end up raising my ride height and not lowering it. lol Anywho, thanks alot. I know it may be a little rougher ride 'cus of the loss in suspension travel. But I'm willing to lose that, and I'm more than willing to take the time to make sure all proper alignment is kept in the process.
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Someone does sell dropped axles.
Go to www.stovebolt.com and do a search on this subject.
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