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Old March 13th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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(1985 toyota truck)
Right now im debating weather i should put my rear springs up front and put chevy springs out back.

Id like my front axle to be farther forward to clear the fenders better and if i did the rear springs id move the rear back 1.5-2.5in.

Right now i have either 5 or 6in lift springs out back and 7in up front.

So my main ? is about how much lift do you get out of putting rear springs up front and putting chevy springs in the back. Yes i know it depends on how u mount it, just looking for a ball park idea. Just trying to decide weather or not my truck will be to tall with 5in lift rear springs up front and enough in the back to match the front.

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Old March 14th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #2
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Well, look for pics of my truck, I run rears up front and 2wd chevies out back. I cleared 36s about perfectly, I'm a little low for my 38.5s, but I prefer it that way.

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Haggar, did you run stock rears up front?
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Old March 17th, 2008, 09:49 AM   #4
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Haggar, did you run stock rears up front?
You shouldn't run *stock* rears up front, because they have overloads in them and you'll drag them on every rock. But all of the leaves are from stock packs.

Mine are 6 leaf springs:

Leaves from top to bottom:

1983 main
1983 2nd (mil wrapped)
1983 3rd
1985 main, cut
1985 2nd, cut
1985 3rd, cut

each is cut to be 4" shorter than the leave above. They are very flexible.

83's have a little more free-arch than the 85s.
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As far as I've read You'll get 4-6 inches depending on how you mount the Chevy springs. If you want more then four, you'll have to use blocks but, personally, I hate blocks with a passion. Thats the reason I'm doing the Chevy swap is because I have Add-a-leaf with blocks, and I want them gone.

But where I'm stuck between is taking the time to extend the bobbed frame for a new shackle hanger, or to just use one long ass shackle. I drive this, so I dont want to do the dual shackle.
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I used wrangler springs on all 4 corners netted about 2 inches of lift. With the main from a rear pack put under the main wrangler and another leaf added in the middle netted over 5 inches of lift easily cleared 34 '' tires with a really nice ride and great flexxx. When I cut the toy main leaf and added it I cut it past the eyes kind of like a military wrap it also helps the wrangler main a lot.
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:45 PM   #7
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Did you drill new centering pins hagger.
I was taking measurements off my brothers all pro springs and the those move the axle bout 1.5in forward. Then i measured my new set up and from the way it looks its going to move mine like 4in forward.

Am i just crazy or does it really move it that much forward or is it just cuz of the different combination of leafs im running?
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:53 PM   #8
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Right now i have the springs set up as follows
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85 rear main
85 rear 2nd leaf mil rapped
85 front skyjacker 7in 2nd leaf
85 rear 3rd leaf
85 front skyjacker 7in 3nd leaf
85 front skyjacker 7in 4nd leaf
Bottom

Just need to clean up the leafs, drill a hole in 1 or 2 of the leafs so it lines up the way i want with the rear spring leaf centering holes.

Ill take some pic's once i get one set together and compare them side by side.

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my plan is to use all-pro 5" long travel fronts and 63" chevys in the rear with a 1" block.
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