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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-19-2001, 09:21 PM
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Leaf Springs

Well all, it's slow going but I'm still working on getting those one-ton axles under the Scout... I haven't had a lot of time to work on it, but one problem we did notice was the spring perches aren't quite right, but darn close... In order to make up the small difference, I've decided to do the Front Spring Shackle Reversal at this time and make up the difference in the spring mounts. I've also figured this to be a good time to look for 2 1/2"-wide springs that will have more flex than the Scout's 2"-wide factory springs AND still carry the 345.

So, anyone with a set of CJ or Small Truck springs? The Scout's springs are 42" long for the front and 56" long in the rear. Changing the mounts to accommodate different springs doesn't bother me either... ideas and suggestions are welcome.


My Scout is like my website, I'm working on it. 79 IH ScoutII, Anything else is just a 4X4... 345, 1-ton axles, Detroits F/R. 99 F-350 SD, PowerStroke.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2001, 11:39 AM
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Re: Leaf Springs

I did my full width D44 swap without anything more than flipping the spring center pins over.

Just grind the perches a bit to make the U-bolts sit flush against the 2" wide springs. Piece of cake.

I know of a few folks using Chevy 4x4 front springs - but they're a good bit longer and obviously the 2.5" wider.

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