Lowering my 78

Discussion in 'Suspension/Chassis' started by 4lo4fun, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. 4lo4fun

    4lo4fun Enthusiast

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    So I found some rear struts from a Honda crv (unsure the year) at work the other day. The diameter was the same as the stock springs, but they were about 3-4 inches taller than the sink springs, but figure they were free. So its worth a shot. They got me 2 inches of drop, which was what I was going for.
    They seem a little softer when I shook the truck, but it needs shock anyway.

    Now on to the questions.
    How much drop should I expect if I pull the middle leaf spring and flip the overload?
    Will flipping the overload make it ride like poop?
    Do I flip the overload over or just move it to the top of the leaf pack?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Pulling the middle leaf will make it ride stiffer and a little crappy but bearable. Flipping the OL to the top of the leaf pack will make it ride extremely bad. Literally flipping it doesnt seem to do much.

    i pulled the middle leaf on mine and with some KYB gas-a-just shocks it rode good(only drove on those shocks after i notched it)
     
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    Moving the overload to the top only gave me 1/2 inch. :(
    I don't dare flip it over for fear of a horrible ride.

    Looks like I'm going to have to pony up some cash and get blocks and u-bolts.
     
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    Blocks are the cheapest guaranteed drop. Everything else depends on how beat your suspension is
     
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    It's been a while, but I've got it on 4 inch blocks. It oohs
    Looks good, but I think the drive shaft is too far into the trans. I had to make a bracket of sorts to move the carrier bearing about an inch forward.
    Now I think it's too far forward.
    I'm kinda confused on how to fix it.

    But I did get some sweet new wheels! IMG_20210718_161336_229.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_229.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_199.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_199.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_229.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_199.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_229.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_199.jpg IMG_20210718_161336_269.jpg
     
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    looking good :waytogo:
     

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