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Old 01-29-2006, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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sas using ford coils rather leafs

has anyone done a sas on a obs but used coil springs rather leafs? i found a ford dana 44 in a f150 custom 78-79 i think has 6" coils on it. how hard would it b to conver that to leafs or to use the coils on my obs? i think it would almost b better and get more flex out of coils and a smoother ride from coils then leafs correct me if im wrong or give ur opinion. but is there a kit for this , any ready on doing this or has it been done b4? cuz im kinda interested
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There is no kit that I am aware of. Probably because most people willing to pay good money to rip off a great riding IFS setup are not that concerned about ride.
Then, or course, you have the great debate on leaves vs. radius arms and which one has better flex. Of course, you could do a four link. Again, no kit, but lots of show trucks with sky-high lifts run them. But, the four link probably only fits BECAUSE it is sky high.
Long story short, if you found something you want to use, fab it up and post some pics!!

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i have an 89 chevy with a 78 f100 coil spring setup it was ez i will see if i can get pics the only thing is gettin and pan hard bar right i have a liltte bump steer
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i have an 89 chevy with a 78 f100 coil spring setup it was ez i will see if i can get pics the only thing is gettin and pan hard bar right i have a liltte bump steer
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i have an 89 chevy with a 78 f100 coil spring setup it was ez i will see if i can get pics the only thing is gettin and pan hard bar right i have a liltte bump steer
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Old 01-29-2006, 06:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well papafink get me sum pics and specs and tell me how and what u did cuz i want to kno? how much dou have into getting it mounted how did u mount it parts wher u got the parts allthat good stuff. if i cant find or make what i need would u b able and willing to for sum cash
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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you should be able buy or make everything you need to put a 78-79 f150 or bronco front end on a chevy. Its pretty simple with basic fab skills.

Also, doing a coil sprung front saves you the cost of highsteer, and springs are cheaper than leafs, if you are buying them new. Also you get more lift out of coil sprung with a simple spring, no need for longer shackles or lift leafs that flex less the more they are made to lift.

These where some of the reasons that I did coils.

I dont expect all to agree, just stating my opinion.
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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also with 6" coils and a 3" body lift how big of tires do u think ill b able to run? 35's or can i get 38's without trimming? can i buy just larger coil springs liek 8" lift rather then 6" can i go bigger then 8" where can i buy radius arm extenstions?
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You should be able to run 38's . I have never run a body lift, and I run 40's with minor fender trimming. Only a little bit off just under the black body trim.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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what brand and how much lift of springs r u using can i get springs that will give me more then 6 or 8" of lift the biggerst lift for coils for a ford i have seen is 8 can i get bigger ones sumwhere?
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where are the pics?
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Old 01-30-2006, 06:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Splinter, you would be suprised what you are going to get out of those 6 inch coils, also it depends on were kyou mount your buckets as to were your ride hieght is going to be. Chevy boat, can you post some pics of your radius arm mounts.
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splinter103, would like to see some pics too.
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Been cosidering the same with ford coils
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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wirenut i dont have this done yet. im just running a 3" body lift and a 6" ifs susp lift right now on 35's i thought of using ford coil sprung axle the other night and been doing lots of digging on this and im going to try to get the axle first thing tomorrow morning or atleast get dibs on it but i havnt started this yet just thinking it through and gathering ideas parts and prices right now im have yet to get a good pic of this done to a chevy im trying to get chevy boat to get me sum he said if he has time he when i get sum pics ill post them up for u to c cuz im still waiting for sum and would like sum also so i can visually c it aslo b4 i do it rather just in my head cuz that usally dont wrk out for me anyways lol
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I am currently doing this swap on a 99 suburban although i am using a 85 D60 - it was sprung with leaves not coils. If you are going with anything other than a basic ford coil complete setup, i would reccomend coilovers. I think i might go this way but still getting quotes to see if i can afford it and to see if i can get 10" of lift from the coilovers. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Sent you some pics today, but I would rather you not post them in open forum.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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no prob chvy boat no one else will c them but me i appreciate it i already saw them they were just what i wanted
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are you running the stock radius arms? if you wanted a softer ride than the ford coils you can use zj or tj coils. alot of xj guys use the f150 coils for lift purposes. they complain about ride though. so the zj or tj coild should be a little softer.
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i thought about useing coils but then i thought about the tubeing and stuff for the 4 link and the buckets and me not really knowing a whole lot about how the coil system works so i just ended up useing leafs on my s-10 blazer and it turned out good.

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