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Old 01-12-2011, 08:11 PM
DieselBrad DieselBrad is offline
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Default Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

Material needed
88-98 Chevy leaf springs.( i used 4 leaf)
12 1/2" x 1.5" grade 8 bolts
24 1/2" grade 8 flat washers
12 1/2" grade 8 nuts
12 1/2" grade 8 lock washers
2 9/16" x 4.5" grade 8 bolts
2 9/16" grade 8 nuts
6 9/16" grade 8 washers
6" piece of angle iron or the like(e-brake bracket)



First.
Remove the bed(makes things alot easier

Next, jack truck up and support w jack stands

Remove leaf Hanger bolts, shackle bolts, u-bolts and springs


Loosen fuel tank and drop out of way

Torch or grind rivits off of front hangers


Knock out remainder of rivits.

Put 1/2 bolts in place of the original rear hanger rivits(this holds the 2 pieces of frame together), Dont mind that front top bolt!

You must either get a new bushing for the chevy spring to match the original ranger bolt or modify the ranger hanger, I modified the hanger,

I welded 2 grade 8 9/16" washers on the outside of the hanger.

I also welded one washer on the backside w a 9/16 nut welded to that.

Put hanger on loosely w the one lower front hole in the frame, and mark hanger where the hole needs to be oblonged.

Oblong hole on the top rear of the hanger so you can use the extisting frame holes

Bolt hanger on using the 2 front holes front the old hanger.

Drill the 2 front hanger holes using the hanger as a template(BE CAREFUL OF FUEL LINES, ELECTRICAL HARNESS AND BRAKE LINES)

Mount hanger with 1/2" hardware.

Clean all the spring bolts and bushings w a wire brush/wire wheel. And liberaly coat w antiseeze.

Install chevy springs w bolts and start nuts(but do NOT tighten)

take one end of the rear shocks off.

drop axle far enough down to get the blocks back in place, then put NEW u-bolts in.

Set truck on the axle with the truck weigh on it. Tighten u-bolts, reattach shocks(good time to replace)

Weld some sort of metal to the drivers spring hanger then attach e-brake bracket near its original location.

Put bed back on.

Tighten the spring bolts noe with the full truck weight on them

HOPE THIS WAS HELPFULL TO SOMEONE
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:19 PM
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Default re: Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

Wow!! You didnt waste any time with that man!
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:27 PM
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Default re: Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

Awesome howto but, as stupid as this question may be, What's the advantage of the chevy leafs?
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:47 AM
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Moved to the How To submission section
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:01 AM
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Awesome howto but, as stupid as this question may be, What's the advantage of the chevy leafs?
More "weight capacity" with out killing the ride was my goal. I also picked up 2-3" as well
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:04 AM
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can you live with the stiffer ride?
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:40 AM
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I installed the 63" Chevy springs on a 2003 LII and the ride is not that much stiffer IF you get the 88~98 2WD C1500 springs (3 leaf plus overload = 4). IIRC, Mine were from a 96 C1500.

The springs from the K1500 4x4 (4 leaf plus overload = 5) are harsher, especially if they are from a K1500 with the Z71 Off-Road package. I wouldn't use any of the K springs on a street driven Ranger.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:52 PM
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Default re: Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

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can you live with the stiffer ride?
It actually rides better than my original springs, I was pleasantly surprised
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:44 PM
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Pics no worky
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:45 PM
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:57 PM
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Why did you have to oblong the top rear hole?
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:13 PM
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Default Re: Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

also did you modify the hanger because the sleeve on the chevy spring was smaller than that of the stock ranger leaves? Use a washer that was same size as chevy sleeve diameter, to prevent slop?
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:02 AM
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Default Re: Chevy leaf spring "how to" for a 04

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Why did you have to oblong the top rear hole?
Had to oblong the "hanger to frame" holes because the holes did not line up.

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also did you modify the hanger because the sleeve on the chevy spring was smaller than that of the stock ranger leaves? Use a washer that was same size as chevy sleeve diameter, to prevent slop?
I welded the washers on the hanger because the Ranger originally used about a 3/4" bots. The chevy springs use a 9/16" spring eye. So i either had to get a larger spring eye bushing to use the 3/4" bolt or weld the washers on the hanger to reduce the hole to 9/16". I had the washers so it was easier
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:07 AM
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I welded the washers on the hanger because the Ranger originally used about a 3/4" bots. The chevy springs use a 9/16" spring eye. So i either had to get a larger spring eye bushing to use the 3/4" bolt or weld the washers on the hanger to reduce the hole to 9/16". I had the washers so it was easier
Thats what i figured, Just got a lead of some springs that are removed from the truck already, i might just replace bushings right away
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:35 AM
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Well I picked up the shackles today and all the bolts and bushings to do this to my truck.. damn the bolts and hardware came to 44.00 the bushings are38.00 and theshacklea were 80.00. It would have been just as expensive to buy some custom springs for 180.00
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