>i am doing a spring over on my 73 with a dana 44 (conversion) and am wondering
>how hard is it and how long it will take to get the proper caster. Also how much will this cost me?
The real solution to the caster issue is to cut and turn the knuckles - see
for a description of how it is done.
On the rest of the springover, how long it takes and how much it costs depends on
how much you are doing. At a minimum, you'll need to do the following:
- longer brake lines (or move the hard brake line attachment points to the bottom of
the frame - it's a lot easier to just get longer brake lines).
- cut a spring pad into the passenger side of the differential.
- remove the spring center bolts and turn them over.
- you may need to replace or lengthen one or both driveshafts.
- figure out a way to install shocks that will handle the extra travel
- install new bump stops (at least in front - if you don't, the springs will
hit the metal bump stop mount before the axle tube hits the rubber bump
- if you're going to bigger tires, you may need to do some fender trimming
unless you install bump stops that limit upward suspension travel enough
to prevent the tries from hitting the fenders.
When I did mine, I replaced and upgraded lots of parts while I was in the area. Since
I was planning to go with 35" tires, I went with a narrowed dana 60 rear axle (see
for a description of how this is done) - if
you're planning to use 33" or smaller tires, then you should be fine with the stock dana
44 rear. In addition, I replaced the u-bolts with 5/8", replaced the spring center pins with
3/8" (I broke one once, so I felt that an upgrade was in order), tilted the rear pinioin to
point at the transfer case and went to a CV rear driveshaft, went to a CV front driveshaft
with extra travel. I had already replaced the spring bushings, otherwise I would have replaced
those as well.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.