KenworthGoose moved the hangers to the inside frame rails d-chassis and a cut and narrowed his 8 1/4 and resplined the stock axles.
I did a d chassis with the rear shackle flip and flopped A-body 8 3/4 under there to tuck 12x15 325/50/15 in the fenders. following your truck adding the caltracs LOL!
I did a d-chassis with the shackle flip axle flop then added some weight in the bed to get the lower ride height I wanted.
then welded some brackets/ladder bars/coil overs under it with the ladder bars in-line/centered to the frame rail.
then removed the leafs/brackets from the outside of frame rails. got the new ride height and kept the pinion angles correct also went to a 14x15 rim.
I did not like the ladders on inside the frame rails on my first attempt at ladders.. too narrow for me. I can only bring the tire/wheel in as far as the outside frame rail so no need to have the ladders inside IMHO.
Shocks are already relocated on Competition engineering brackets just want to move springs to get more tire clearance It hooks up good right know so I don't' want to mess with it to much . Just got it back to the track it hasn't been out for 7 years Last Saturday
I have a set of SSM lift bars for A-body. since I flopped A-body 8 3/4 in there for 12x15 325/50/15 M/Ts they went right on thruck
they replace the shock mount with a plate/traction bar that clamps to the leaf just behind the front eye. about the same spot caltracs pushes on the leaf. bolts solid and preloads the springs. lifts as it plants the tires.
it has steel wedge pieces square u-bolt clamps to fine tune it and instruction said to use 2 on pass side with 1 on driver side to start.
I had got down too 2 stock leafs with the lift bars and got lots of lift but blow the tires loose when it over extended the shocks...with a bang.. need moved like on your (clutch) truck.
I like them better than the slapper bar/rubber bumper old skool traction bars as the clamp solid up front and have pre-load built into them.
want to give them a shot or pics LMK.
working on my lap top now or I would post a few pics of different set ups
Part of your problem on the rear is the angle of the shocks when you flop the rear end to the top of the springs . The shocks are at to extreme of an angle to do their job. You could try some spring clamps on the forward section of the spring also . I have actually done way more work to the front end to get mine to hook than the rear. The rear is basically shocks relocated On CE brackets Rancho 9 ways with Caltracs in lower hole and shackle bushings honed out till the move freely when assembled.
stock steering column with fabricated shaft with 3 ujoints. I hone out the center hole of bushing where the steel sleeve goes and then grease it up with some moly graphite grease both upper and lower . Don't use the urethane bushings in the strut bars they are to stiff .
I think, it would be easier to mount the springs inside the frame rails. You have to relocate the crossmember or how guys call it.. I would probably move that crossmember, box the frame and make new front mounts for the spring.
I made them like that, you could do something similar, but inside the frame rails. If you need more separation, move the front spring eye higher.
Loc: Trumbauersville PA
I use to use the 1st gen Dakota drop spindles and the 14 inch wheel rotors( I think they are 10.5 Dia. Rear shocks were always relocated to a straight up and down location. B body rear springs with the front hanger moved back 4 inches.
Loc: Trumbauersville PA
The other thing to do if you have the cash to spend is do a FATMAN conversion for the pre71 trucks, , takes about 150 of the nose of these trucks.
Clutch , love that truck of yours I'll have my 75 4x2 Ramcharger out next year with a G3 Hemi, pulling the 440 out and slow it down to mid 10s ,
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