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Old 12-19-2010, 09:03 PM
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trailer leaf springs on hotrod?

I'm just thinking, but I'v decided to build a new chassis for my hand built ratrod. many things I don't like about the current 1, and it has always been too short after the kick up ( 20" ).. I'm going to build a new frame with a kick up that is in the 40"-60" range, and center the rear axle within that.. double eye trailer springs are very cheap, and within the 20"-30" range, it would fit in my new chassis. I could remove all but the last leaf and use my coil overs, and use the last leaf just for cheap axle location.. but I notice, double eye springs are only 1 3/4" wide.. is there any commercially available 2.5" double eye trailer springs ? I'd have to be able to get a spring pad for it to make it all work, and I want it safe also.. I could make any suspension work. I'm just looking at somthing cheap and easy. I'v got measurements for trailing arms, but they are for the current chassis and design.

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Why rebuild the whole frame.. Just extend the kick ups.. And since your going to be using coil overs, Just put the 4 bar.. You can get the bars custom made any length at http://www.suicidedoors.com/catalog/...ts/4-link-bars

I have used them, And they are nice..And a good price too..

These are the ones I have used before, And will use them again soon..
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hey

take a look in your summit mag !!!!
comp engineering has a pretty cheap four link it's under $250
I'm thinking of using it looks pretty sweet then just add coil overs and your done
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I didn't have a good amount of cross support on the perimiter frame, and it's starting to warp, as well as, I welded it too fast to begin with and there is some twist in the kickup as well... I will reuse the main rails to build the rear kick up, and I should only need 2 8' sections of 2x3 for 2 new main rails, so cost will be minimal.... I'd rather have it right, than have something I'll always worry about.. the body is just about done, so this will be next on the list... still have to build a visor, and I might build window frames for the doors... hopefully, I might just have something that rolls by Feb..
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well, I pick up the steel later today, but I won't be doing anything with it quite yet. got the visor to do.
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but I won't be doing anything with it quite yet.


Man!!!! I never let that happen at my house..
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once I put the visor on, then I will start building a jig for the rails, and cut the peices/ clamp them in. I cant do anything with the bed until the frame is built..

I do have a lot more time for this now tho.. I had a girl who basically expected me to drop everything for her, and for a few months I did.. but I had enough of it last week, and I don't have to worry about that anymore
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once I put the visor on, then I will start building a jig for the rails, and cut the peices/ clamp them in. I cant do anything with the bed until the frame is built..
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