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Old 06-29-2003, 07:49 AM
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Air ride for 55 Chevy Truck?

Hi Guys. I am a new member here and really enjoy the site. There seems to be a vast amount of information available thru experienced hot rodders like yourself rather than having to believe what some "company rep" tells you while trying to get you to buy his product. Thanks!
Anyway, I am building a 55 Chevy half ton. It is getting close to going on the road but one of the problems I have to deal with before I can take it out is my rear suspension.
Here is where you guys come into the picture. I have installed a Ford 9"rearend and put the springs under the rearend rather than on top. I met another guy that had done that to the same model truck and it seemed to work well for him.
Now I find the truck is a few inches too low in the rear! I need to know if getting my spring re-arced would help to raise it about 4"or will I have to go to a whole new setup in the back. Tire clearance is a real problem with those trucks as they only have a 12" opening for the tires. I know that "tubs" would be the answer but I have not got the time to tub the spare box I have and do all the other things that would need to be done right now.
Can anyone tell me if an air ride setup would be a reasonable idea or will reshaping my springs do the job? Any info or personal experience with an air ride setup would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. I will post a few pics of my truck pretty soon. She's gonna be real purdy!!

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Cost wise, re-arching your springs will be the easiest and cheapest route. There is a lot of work switching to air-bags, and installing tubs would be quicker, cheaper and easier.
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If you want to raise the rear end about 4", why don't you just remount the springs on top of the rear end. Re-arcing will be the easiest, but moving the springs to the top isn't that hard and for the cost of new mounts will probably be cheaper. Just a thought...
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You have a number of options.
1 rearch the springs, good low cost solution.
2 Add helper bags or springs, another low cost solution
3 Flip spring pack ontop off axle, This will gain you roughly 6" of lift then you would need a lowering shackle or hanger to get the 4" you would like, again not much$ involved
4 Go to a full airride setup in the rear, This is the most of any but will give you the best ride.
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I have a 55 chev 1/2 ton and was looking at the same set-up as you.I ended up going with a tri-angulated 4 link instead. You could remove a few springs, install air over leafs, and have best of both worlds, raise it up to drive, lay it down to show.
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Do you want the truck the same height all the time? What is your final goal?
May want to give one of our members a yell, Tony@AirRideTech. He'll give some answers.

Also, go here and see what they say for the air ride questions, www.ridetech.com

It all goes with the finished end product you want and $.

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Old 12-30-2003, 02:44 PM
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Cole, what series 55 do you have? I am running a 55 2nd series and just had a rebuilt rear done with 342 gears and stock perches (on top). The springs I have selected are the Eaton spring company's 3" drop multi. I want to use the truck as a light duty truck. Towing jet ski, yard work, etc. Air is really nice, but I had to give up the ability to care any weight. As for the tires, I found a company that makes a fender spacer to move them out for up to 1" extra. Decided against it, for me.

Post some PICs if you have time.

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Old 01-02-2004, 07:48 PM
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You can haul tow as much or more with airbags than you could with a conventinal leaf and get a better ride to boot.
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