Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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My early '99 was the same way.... (red truck) I had a set of new-take-offs from my cousin's truck, a 2000, that were removed shortly after he got it new, so they weren't sagged. I took them apart, cut the bushings off the main leaf, and added it between the 2 stock leafs on the red truck. All it took was a set of new center bolts, (7/16" diam, from the local parts store) and extending the track bar, as it was about 3/4" too short after the spring was added. Since it was a new track bar, less than a month old, I simply cut it in the middle, and sleaved it with a pc of pipe that had the right inside diam, and was about 1/8" wall, and about 8" long. I cut some notches in each end, to make the ends kinda spikey, for more weld surface area, and with the truck sitting on all 4 tires and level, tacked the sleave in place with a welder, fully welding it while removed from the truck. Has worked fine for about a year and a half, and about 20K rough West Virginia back road miles.
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