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Rear up front swap

Anybody got some pic's of there home built rear up front swap?
Im not going to do a schackel reverse.....And i dont want to move the front axel....Thanks


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Re: Rear up front swap

I am thinking that one part of the solution is to move the rear spring mount back through the use of a mounting bracket of sorts that moves the mounting hole back.

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Re: Rear up front swap

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Re: Rear up front swap

I just redrilled the stock mounts on the frame about 1" (maybe 3/4") back and it worked great.
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Re: Rear up front swap

Here is a side view of the frame mount bracket. The new hole is 1.5" back and 1" down. I added two 3/8" bolts to stabalize the bracket. I used the sleieve out of the stock front spring bushing on the bolt that goes in the origional hole. This should put the front axle in apx. stock position, maybe forward a little, but you can just redril the spring perch.
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Re: Rear up front swap

Here is a rear view. If you put the new hole in the same place I did, it will but the bolt at the very edge of the origional spring hanger. You will need to find two washers that are the same thickness as the origional spring hanger
(I used the washer off the top of a Toy IFS idler arm). Cut the washer in half and weld them to the new bracket so the spring sleive is supported all the way around. I know this is a crappy pic, but you san see the welds that hold the washer on.
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Re: Rear up front swap

Here is a shot of the shackles I made. You cannot use the stock ones, they will invert and get stuck up against the frame. They are 3.5" center to center of bolts. the bolts in the middle have another set of stock front spring bushing sleives on them to hold the plates at the correct width. I used 1/2", bolts which are about 1mm under size, but it lets the spring twist a little easier in the shackle

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

P.S. you will probably want to mix and match a little with the new rear and old front spring pack. If I remeber correctly I removed the overload leaf off the rears and added the second from shortest spring off the fronts.
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Re: Rear up front swap

Hey ( am4x4 )...Where do ya live in So.Cal. ?
I used to live in Laguna Niguel, i get back there once in a wile.
Maybe we can get together and do some wheelin next time i get there.?The pic's r good thanks , im gona do my swap this weekend so the sammi is ready for my trip to Moab in Nov.
Thanks ................Rob
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Re: Rear up front swap

howdy,
i did a whole write up on this awhile back. here it is http://bbs.off-road.com/ubbthreads/s...rue#Post633029 . hope this helps.
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Re: Rear up front swap

I live in Thousand Oaks, it's about 45min north of LA. I do most of my local wheelin in big bear, gorman, and johnson valley. Let me know when you are comin up.
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