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Old 12-09-2003, 07:35 PM
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Relocate Leaf Springs?

I have a 1971 Plymouth B body (Satellite) with an 8 1/4 rear end. I have tires on it that are just a little too wide and scrape the quarters. Also, my rear end gave on me the other day. I am thinking about upgrading to an 8 3/4 rear end. I found one that is a 1965 B body housing. It is approximately 3" shorter. Could I possibly relocate my leaf springs about 1.6" on both sides to fit this different sized housing in, which would also pull my tires in snug?

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It can be done, sure, but how much fabricating can you do? Do some measuring and see just how much room there is between the tire and inner wheel well. If there is less then 2" you don't have room. If there is 3 to 3 1/2" you can get a different offset rim to fix the tire fitment problem and just rebuild the 8 1/4 a little stouter. Cheaper and much easier...
You may check into a relocator kit for the rear shackles. This moves the rear of the springs inboard a bit for more tire clearance and leaves the front spring buckets alone. This may be a good alternative for you.
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Actually, when I went under the car, I noticed an inner frame that was 6" from the one that the leaf spring is connected to. Would it be possible to drill holes in this frame and rebolt the leaf springs that much more inward? Then could I take the pinion snubber off and drill holes in the axle housing to put the pinion snubber 6" inward also to meet the leaf springs?
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