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post #1 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Front Leaf Bolts??

Hey guys, Quick Question....

I fabbed up a little leveling block kit for my front end, and before I take it apart I would like to know the diameter of the front leaf pack bolt, so I can drill and get a new bolts before hand.

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 03:54 PM
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What do you mean block kit. I can not endorse you putting blocks under your front springs if thats what your planning!

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x2, not to mention its illegal in most states

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Its something like this,

Lift

You guys are telling me this is no good? Ive seen similar things on plenty of PSD's around here. Thanks!

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Well those are not blocks but I am still not a fan of them because there is no support under the leaf springs.

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yup it will work great... while your at it get some banks on that PSD

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Well those are not blocks but I am still not a fan of them because there is no support under the leaf springs.
What do you mean by support?

I used 5/8" x 3" flat plate. First Leaf is 5-1/2" (Wider then mounting plate on axle) then 6-1/2", then 7-1/2" Finally 8-1/2". Giving me 2.5" lift. Just trying to do it budget. Total cost was $60 just for U-Bolts, had everything else. I also have some heims left over from my old prerunner build, and am going to fab up an adjustable track bar.

This ok? Sorry, should maybe re-phrased my block description. Anyways, yall know the leaf bolt diameter? Thanks!

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Using standard steel plate instead of spring steel is basically throwing a block under there. At least you engineered it like a mini spring pack so that it won't get spit out, but I still wouldn't run it on my truck.

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Using standard steel plate instead of spring steel is basically throwing a block under there. At least you engineered it like a mini spring pack so that it won't get spit out, but I still wouldn't run it on my truck.
Yes, I agree, there will be no flex in the mini pack. Are there any major con's to this rather than personal preference? I could see it would put a bigger torsional force on the leafs when braking. What about cutting up an old leaf pack for extra leafs?? I didn't want to stiffen up the front end though! haha What do you guys that built your budget kits do? Make new leaf hangers and shackles?

Excuse my ignorance, but I came from the 2wd A-arm prerunner world. The solid front 4wd I am still learning. Thanks.

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For one it is still considered a block. Lift blocks are not safe for use on the front end of any vehicle to obtain lift. I will be honest with you I don't even like the spacers for the coil springs.

Either get new springs, or get shackles and do it right.


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