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Old 04-18-2003, 02:34 PM
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I'm thinking about moving the rear leaf springs so I can run 10" rims. I see kits advertised that recess the springs into the frame. Those kits drop the rear of the car 2"-3". I would prefer keeping the stock height and lowering later with blocks. Are there any alternate methods to relocate the springs? Do I want to upgrade to a 12 bolt rear at the same time? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Like everyone else, I have lots of time, but always short on cash...

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Old 04-22-2003, 10:18 PM
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What's up fellow Tri-fiver. I relocated my rear leafs to the inside of the frame using the stock hangers. Welded the left hangers front and back to the inside right frame rail and vice versa.(also I used lowering blocks and springs flipped over the shackles). Then I bought new JC whitney springs for $89(at the time), and relocated the spring perches on the axle. The only down side is that you'll have to have the body off of the frame to do this. I considered a spring pocket kit myself but it limits the amount you can lower the car if that's what your into.
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I did this to my 55 also. I made spring pockets and put the springs into the frame rails at the front and notched the bottom of the frame rails at the rear where the springs hang. made brackets above the rear frame rails to hang the springs. Made my own shackles. It did sit a little higher than I wanted so I added 2 inch lowering blocks Now it sits perfect. Also I used an S-10 pick up rear. The width worked out great. I have 15 X 10 rally wheels with 295/50/15 tires all inside the fender. Of course I widened the inner wheel wells too. Good luck
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jc55,

I like your spring solution! The car body is already off the frame, so that would be easy for me to do. Are there any handling or suspension problems with the springs being closer to the center of the car? I'm just beginning a frame-off so I'm taking advantage of this forum for all of your expert advice.

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Old 04-24-2003, 01:19 AM
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Steve,
you want expert advice on trifives? go to <a href="http://www.chevytalk.com" target="_blank">www.chevytalk.com</a> it'll blow you away. As for handling, I haven't driven it in 3 years since it's a ground up project but hopefully this summer! There are no adverse handling affects that I've heard of and everyone seems to be doing it. (I'm running a shortened 9" with 15X10's TT II's and p295's also)
On the back spring perches you can grind the heads off and center punch the rivets through to remove them. I then welded and drilled/bolted them in their new location. as for the fronts, be careful when grinding the welds not to go too far into the frame.
Also if you have an aftermarket shock crossmember, moving the lower shock points inward will change the shock angle and they will not bolt in the upper location. I'll send you a pic of what I did.

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one other thing to watch when moving the springs all the way to the inside rather than underneath is the gas tank. If I'm not mistaken you will have to move the gas tank over as it doesn't sit in the center of the car, the spare tire well might be in the way of moving the tank too. I took the spare tire well out because the shackle hit it. But I left the gas tank in the stock location. Hope this helps
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