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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 06:44 PM
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rear buggy leafs on a chevy

i was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to do a buggy leaf type set up on the rear of a short box chevy, i wanna get more articulation out of it.i know i will have to move the springs inward and make a special shacle, but is it safe on a hevay rig like a chevy, i was thinkin of when im not on the trail i could put a u bolt to hold the buggy leaf to the frame. well thanks for all the help.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2005, 09:13 AM
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

What the hell is a buggy leaf? Are you talking about quarter elliptical?
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

no i know what quarter elliptical is, here is a pic of what i am talkin about, it is on my freinds 82 toyota, i was just wonderin it it would be safe on a heavy rig like a chevy
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

It looks like a spring similar to one in a Rubicon Express YJ 6" Long Arm Kit. Aren't they just about 2/3rds of a normal leaf pack? I wouldn't ubolt the thing to just the frame of a chevy truck. I'd fab a crossmember in at that point and reinforce the area. What've you got in the back of a shortbox truck that makes the rear heavy?
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

Theres a few things out there like this, but much better for a rig as heavy as a chevy. Here are some sites:
http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/revolver/
http://www.azkickin.com/ak57.htm

Hope that helps!
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

thanks chevyk20, that does help both of those setups are ausone, i wonder if u could run the ak kikin suspention with the revolvers, what du u think, i thing the revolver looks like u can get more flex what du u think. plz tell me ur thoughts, u seem to know ur sh*t, thank for all yur imput
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

I wouldnt run both. It would be almost impossible to get shocks that could handle that much flex. (they wouldnt have enough travel) Id personally rather run the revolvers but that brings up a few things.
1. You have to have an offroad designs shackle flip to run it
2. there hard to find for a fullsize chevy (im still looking) the site thats listed is dead) havent tried emailing them though
3. much easier toinstall / maintain.
4. looks much sturdier
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

Well both of those setups aren't very streetable to begin with. You're going to have a lot of side-to-side movement with that. Not sure if a panhard bar would correct most of it either.

IF you did go with one of those goofy jobbers, there are shock absorber mounting systems that would handle that amount of flex: http://www.mo-offroad.com/Shock%20kits.htm
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

thanks for the shock mounts 83GMCK2500, those look like they are worth there weight in gold well when i get some $$$ ill be getting some revolvers and those shock mounts and an offroad design shacle flip, and i gots another stupid question what about getting more flex outa the front and what about front shock mounts. if any body has any infi again it will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: rear buggy leafs on a chevy

A real good way to get alot of extra flex out of the front is to run shock towers from a 1980 ford f250. Heres a link to show you what im tlaking about: http://www.coloradok5.com/ranchoreview.shtml
The revovlers should not have vbery much side to side flex. if you read the review it says road manners are almost unchanged.
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