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Old 02-19-2003, 05:40 AM
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I'm starting a 47 chevy sedan delivery.Thinking of using dodge ramcharger front springs for rear suspension.Tried this on a 39 buick 4 door traded it on this,didn't seem to come out to bad,as far as stance never got it finished.These springs have one reverse eye(pointed down)and one up,same design as CE and others.Ones I used 3leaves,1 1/2 arch,1400 spring capacity.Others listed,5 leaves,1 1/4 arch,1550 spring capacity: another5 leaves,1 5/8 arch.1550 spring capacity.All these are 2 1/2 wide,48inch eye centers.Then insead of shackles using leaf spring sliders.The reason I'm wanting to try this you can buy these springs for around $150.a pair.I can make my own brackets,I'm thinking the 3 leaves 1400lbs,would be about right although CE are 5 leaves I think around
1 1/2 arch.I don't know why this won't work,be a very reasonably price rear suspension. Any thoughts?

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Find out the unsprung weight on the front of the Ramcharger and the unsprung weight on the rear of the sedan delivery first. Then remove leaves to adjust the ride. The shorter leafs will be stiffer than the longer ones so you should be able to fine tune the ride with no problems. If you can use someting from the wrecking yard it is always cheaper and more rewarding than calling 1-800-buyparts. It's how it all started.
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Old 02-22-2003, 03:16 AM
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"jalopy",thanks for the reply,would you know or someone,on figuring leaf spring rate I looked in knowledge base,on being to stiff or to soft of springs,giving this some thought or go ahead and buy complete rear suspension.just trying to stretch the $$$.
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