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Old 09-30-2005, 11:52 PM
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How to drop it?

Hey gang,
I have a '50 Fargo (dodge) PU that I'd like to drop a little bit. Its stock right now and sits a little to high for my liking. Both front and back are parrallel leafs. I thought easy job I'll just put the axels on top of the leafs but turns out that wont be such and easy job as I'd have to make my own blocks to mount them. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to efficiently lower it 2-4 inches? How do I make my own blocks? Could I just take out a few leafs?
Here's some pics of the rear end, will try to find some of the frontend too



Sorry about the bad pic, I'll get under there tomorow and snap some better ones.



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Body drop it(chanelling).air bag it, taking leafs out would work but it aint the best thing to do cause it will make the ride quality kinda rough....there alot of way to go about dropping it,Its more or less the users prefrence...personally i like the body drop with the air ride....you might also may be able to find some old school lowering shackles,,,never tried to make blocks on my own but im pretty sure it cant be that hard..just have to be tuff and accurate,Good luck,thats gonna be a nice rod,
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I don't know If these guys are reliable or if they make quality parts but they have pictures........I like pictures. And what I have found is that anything not a Ford or Chevy is just a little but trickier, because there is allot of making your own parts or modifying parts. Sorry.

http://www.djmsuspension.com/Instruc...teelBlocks.pdf
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The ultimate would be air-ride with a notched frame or a channel job but I'm 17 years old working part time on minimal wage. I'm looking for the cheapest way possible. I know that cheap and easy dont mix, so I'm read to do some work. Would I have to machine the lowering blocks?



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Before the get on-line and pull out the credit card days, we used to take a piece of rectangle tubing twice the depth of your axle,and as wide as the spring pad (measured from spring pad to bottom of axle)and cut it in half so that it made a "U" under the axle back to spring pad and drill a hole in the bottom to let the spring center bolt have a register point. I wouldn't recommend it for a high speed vehicle, but if you use new U-bolts it should work fine. You can do the same in the rear only cut out for the axle tubes. If you or someone you know is a good welder you may also want to tack them in place.
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That looks like two stacks of springs to me: normal and helper. If you're not going to be using it to haul heavy loads, try taking out that upper stack. See how it rides. If it works out ok, try out some more modern springs made to handle the load with fewer leaves.

Can you get some pictures of the shackles?
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Hey Jalopy that might just work! The truck is definitely not high speed with a flat 6 and a 3-speed crashbox Grouch yes I will get some pics of the shackles and the whole setup tomorow hopefully. No time today. I'll post them here then and you guys can go from there.




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Before the get on-line and pull out the credit card days, we used to take a piece of rectangle tubing twice the depth of your axle,and as wide as the spring pad (measured from spring pad to bottom of axle)and cut it in half so that it made a "U" under the axle back to spring pad and drill a hole in the bottom to let the spring center bolt have a register point. I wouldn't recommend it for a high speed vehicle, but if you use new U-bolts it should work fine. You can do the same in the rear only cut out for the axle tubes. If you or someone you know is a good welder you may also want to tack them in place.

Yup make some new spring pads like the man said and put the springs under the axle..ditch the overloads while you are at it..you will have to do the same at the front to get the truck down level..watch the pinion angles and the castor on the front while doing this..

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Pics will be up tomorow.


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