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    2nd gen front springs swap with any others? Chevy truck? Blazer?

    Hey guys,

    I picked up a 2nd gen project. Thinking of adding some lift to clear some big tires to get the 4x4 look. Do the front springs on a 2nd gen interchange with any other models? Possibly pre-'91 chevy truck/blazer?



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    second gen van only, they are a tapered spring,
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    OK thanks. Can you tell me how wide the springs are at the ends and at the center?



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    could you install an add-a-leaf? just did this last night on my truck and gained 2 1/2" between the add-a-leaf (extreme arch for lift) and adding a stock type leaf (still arched more but added for payload). having done this many times, the cheap aftermarket leafs are great for lift with slightly stiffer ride while stacking stock leafs add little lift but stiffen it up. are your main leafs good?
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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ID:	39818following the curve, 48 1/2" from center to center (that pic didn't make it). the third pic is almost useless but gives the general idea on mounting location of 46", full length around arch vs. actual distance between the two. notice the center bolt isn't centered either.
    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    OK thanks. Can you tell me how wide the springs are at the ends and at the center?
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Thanks so much.

    I might not have to lift much. It is already lifted some, and has custom made springs up front, lift blocks in the back. The van has 31's on it, and I want to go to 33's



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    The springs for gen 2 vans are very hard to find anything off the shelf. In my experience I had to get everything custom made..bushings, shackles and springs themselves simply don't exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    Thanks so much.

    I might not have to lift much. It is already lifted some, and has custom made springs up front, lift blocks in the back. The van has 31's on it, and I want to go to 33's
    what I did notice is even the stock springs had a good bit more arch than others. as I said, I just finished adding to my Silverado springs. all my donor springs still in the middle of the floor. my add-a-leafs were fairly short and extreme arch and the right width. you could get those and if too much lift, hack an inch off each side with a die grinder. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Steel-1-5-2...72.m2749.l2649
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Cool

    When I swapped to a V/8 in my 2nd gen I was hoping the front end would drop down just a bit.
    They held the weight fine.Unlike coil spring
    New bushing and King pins are still available.
    I found a vendor out of California that I bought mine from.
    I will post there name as soon as I find the needed information.

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    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    The company is called Rare Parts located in California...


    http://shop.rareparts.com/smtp/shopd...&%20COMPONENTS

    Rare Parts 621 Wilshire Ave.Stockton, CAU.S.A 95203.

    I was able to find all of the needed parts,bushings & king pins through them.

    1-800-621-2005
    Last edited by Wookee; 07-04-2019 at 10:21 AM.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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