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wanted to know if anyone has ran chevy springs on there 3rd gen truck, if so how much forward and how much back did you place the hangers? and how much lift did they give you?

am thinking of running 63" shevy/ dual shackle rear setup. just need to know where to mount the hanger since my springs ar 51" long.

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experimentation, put the truck on stands, pull the rear tires, mark the fender at the center of the axle, mock up the new springs to put the center on your mark, tack them, set it down, check it, weld it. I dont think anyone can give you an absolute.
 

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I want to do this mod too! On my 93 xtra cab. Anbody else have more to offer?
 

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Originally posted by Rokcrawla:
<STRONG>experimentation, put the truck on stands, pull the rear tires, mark the fender at the center of the axle, mock up the new springs to put the center on your mark, tack them, set it down, check it, weld it. I dont think anyone can give you an absolute.</STRONG>
not that hard then guess no one has done this yet to a third gen truck.
 

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Hey Luis, the idea is to place your axle in the right spot. I used the plumb-bob method.

With your stock axle still in place tie a string with something tied to it(I used 2 small center punches) to the frame so that the plumb-bob dangles directly above the center pin. (eyeball it from multiple angles) I had removed my bed because I was doing shock mounts also, but this enabled me to get above and look down on it to make sure it was directly above the center pin.
Do that to both sides. Now remove your old springs, put your new springs under there and line the center pin up with your makeshift plumb-bob, mark the frame and go to work. I used chevy s-10 springs so I did not have to move the rear shackle hanger.
Hope this helps.
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How much lift do the stock chevy springs give you, if any at all. i have heard of this swqap and i am tring to talk a frind in to it!
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I have a 93 that collapsed the downey two inch lift springs. Not wanting to mess with more after market I found some 1974 chevy 1/2 ton springs that didn't cost me a thing. A lot of guys are running the 2wd but these were off a 4wd. I'm happy with the performance of them and I will never colapse them.

I used a buggy for the shackle mount and wound up making a front hanger out of flat metal that I bent into a c-bracket. Over all for the front hanger ended up moving forward 4 inches. A guess at total lift would be 4-5 inches. Moving the front hanger forward adds a good 1 1/2 to 2 inches, less droop adds 2 inches, and I still have the overload leaf on - 1/2 inch.
 

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Ive got the chevy springs on a 90 p/u. They came out of a 97 suburban, had 4 leafs plus the overload and I took out the bottom 2 leafs and turned the overload upsidedown and reinstalled it. If I remember right I moved the front hanger forward 8" (I think) Ill measure tommorow and post it, and didnt move the rear at all. And got me about 2" of lift. If I had to do it again I would save my money and buy the all pro or alcans. The chevys flex ok but dont even come close to matching the flex I get out of the 51'toy rears that Ive got in the front. I guess I should try a double shackle and see if that would balance the flex. But so far Im not impressed with the cheveys. however they do ride very nice. just my .02 cents

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Originally posted by jonny spotweld:
<STRONG>Ive got the chevy springs on a 90 p/u. They came out of a 97 suburban, had 4 leafs plus the overload and I took out the bottom 2 leafs and turned the overload upsidedown and reinstalled it. If I remember right I moved the front hanger forward 8" (I think) Ill measure tommorow and post it, and didnt move the rear at all. And got me about 2" of lift. If I had to do it again I would save my money and buy the all pro or alcans. The chevys flex ok but dont even come close to matching the flex I get out of the 51'toy rears that Ive got in the front. I guess I should try a double shackle and see if that would balance the flex. But so far Im not impressed with the cheveys. however they do ride very nice. just my .02 cents

CJ</STRONG>
do you have any pics of your truck i like to see them. and you still didn't post on how many inches.
 
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