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Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts #571697 Sat Sep 05 2009 06:12 PM
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Scott Danforth Offline OP
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Folks, As there are many number of solutions for front and rear suspensions, I though a definitive list would be helpful for those planning projects as well as those of us that ran into problems. I do not want to make this post a debate or discussion topic, only a list of choices by manufacturer (not necessarily distribution), and maybe links to project posts. Maybe the moderators can make it a sticky.

(PM me and I can add to list)

here is a list of items I know of off the top of my head:

1941-1947.1 Chevrolet / GMC trucks:
Dropped Axles by Sid
CE Mustang 2

1947.2-1955.1 AD (Advance Design)
Dropped Axles by Sid
CE Mustang 2
Fat Man Fabrication Mustang 2
1973-1987 1/2T IFS shortened and modified
GM Metric IFS kit
C4 Corvette IFS kit
C4 Corvette IRS Kit

1955.2-1959 TF (Task Force)
Dropped Axles by Sid
1973-1987 IFS bolted in.
link

1960-1966:

1967-1972:

Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Scott Danforth] #571710 Sat Sep 05 2009 07:41 PM
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Axle swaps for 1.5 ton, 2 ton, and even 1 ton.
http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/bigbolts/p30swap/
This also gives a 2" drop from stock on the front, or new springs solve that problem and get the truck back up where it is supposed to be.

The front is not an easy or "bolt on" swap, the rear can be a simple bolt in, depending on what you find.

Grigg


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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Grigg] #585409 Thu Oct 22 2009 02:51 AM
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Scott Danforth Offline OP
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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Scott Danforth] #585542 Thu Oct 22 2009 04:02 PM
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Maybe you could a section of personnel experiences with springs and/or shocks then we could add what we found to work on our own trucks.

Joe

Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Joe H] #585648 Thu Oct 22 2009 10:56 PM
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Scott Danforth Offline OP
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If you have a thread with a specific project we will add it to the list.


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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Scott Danforth] #585818 Fri Oct 23 2009 01:42 PM
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pacer ifs with 2" shorter springs from Eaton Detroit springs.


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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: WE b OLD] #585859 Fri Oct 23 2009 04:26 PM
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I used the TCI front suspension package on my 55 2nd series.I have had good luck with it,course the main thing is to follow the instructions and make sure your measurments are correct.I measured and marked mine several times before welding the crossbrace in place. I also cut one coil off of the springs,and the truck has that mean and sassy look.It also drives and handles just great.Although I used the TCI setup I imagine there are several other brands on the market that will work out just as good.The main things in a new front suspension are,dont get in a hurry,and make sure your measurements are correct.Just one more thing to add here,when you are finished,get a good frontend allignment.

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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: dale937] #586385 Sun Oct 25 2009 03:08 PM
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Scott,

For the 55-59 there are several source for Mustang II style fronts.

Fatman Fabrications - http://www.fatmanfab.com
HEIDTS - http://www.heidts.com
TCI Engineering - http://www.totalcostinvolved.com/

regards,
Leon

Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Leon] #606543 Sat Jan 02 2010 09:55 PM
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Scott Danforth Offline OP
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Thanks to Rob (Mobileortho) for this link

Those putting a 73-87 front end in a truck and find it a bit wide

http://www.classicperform.com/NewProducts/ModularDropSpindles/Modular_Drop_Spindle.htm

these spindles will suck in the wheels 1 1/8" per side.


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Re: Definitive Suspension list for Stovebolts [Re: Scott Danforth] #607573 Wed Jan 06 2010 04:58 AM
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i found the fatman fab mII kit to be very easy to install. we've used it on 3 ADs now. handling is great, no fender clearance issues. also found that moving the engine forward 1.0" from their recommendation helps with steering clearances.

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