need lift info leaf spring/coil spring lift 52" tires

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    heys guys new to the forum but not in modifiyng. i'm usually use to taking trucks down to the ground but now i'm going up. so here it the new weekend play toy it is 85' chevy, going on an 85" 1ton frame setup, more than stock chevy 350, dana 44 axels. 52" mich. XZL military tires. i know there is lot of questions but one major i have is leaf spring, or coil spring, 4link, whats good lift and movement. i plan building up a houseing off the axel to gain some lift. i don't like the large amount of lift blocks. looking at mudding, mild crawling, and a little highway driving. i tried to hit up mylevel52 seems to be unhelpful when ask. thanks guys and i'll post the build up when done. any info is handy:worship:
     

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    1 ton frame but halfton axles? have fun with those puny pieces of shit under there. My 10b hated 40s, i can't imagine what 52s would do to them...not to mention, half ton brakes SUCK...BAD! First thing you should do is consider rockwells and go from there...you will also need one mean small block to spin 52s over in mud enough...sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but theres no cheap, easy way to run 52s.
     
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    53" tires and Dana 44 axles? Looking for trouble there if you ask me
     
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    wtf. u hit me up? when and where?
     
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    btw, i have some 8" leafs for that year model truck for sale. u would have to make some drop mounts on the front of ur truck, but if u do what u described then who cares cuz it will just be a mud toy. not a show truck
     
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    09-20-2006, 09:59 AM
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    sorry to bother....i am looking at doing a big build and you seem to be the guy to ask.....i got an 85 chevy longbed we are going to convert to 4x4 staright axel and all the necesities.....i have gotten into contact with 6x6usa and getting a set of the 52 mich. anyways for a reference use only i was wondering if i could get the pics of your build up, they are no longer posted up and the pics were a great tuturiol for some ideas and obsticle over comes.... your ride is the sickiest in all the land any advice would be gratefull appreciated....here is my email if it makes it easier....

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    ya i know the axels and stuff are not big i have heard that......but what are pros/cons of liftcoils or leaf springs. i am basically trying to get the chasis rolling then going in and modify/ upgrading. i figure if my small block was doing around 400hp and certain gears i would be fine?? but before i dive in and lift i need to know which direction to lean to leaf or coil???? thanks guys
     
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    I think it depends on cash flow. Coils are going to be more expensive then leaves
     
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    leaf springs will be easiest and pretty damn cheap. You could do coils, but it would need to be linked, making it somewhat pricey. For the most simplicity of swapping axles out later, leaf springs cant be beat. If using corporate axles, 5.38 is the lowest gear, and thats only good for about a 42 IMO...even with 400 hp and 5.38s, its still gonna be stressing stuff, esp the trans. Rocks have either 6.16s or 7.17s stock, can't remember which, which is much more suited for 50" tires...
     
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    I believe that Rockwells have 6.16 stock.
     
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    the 44's WILL snap with 52 on there, and its going to be a dog to get moving and a bitch to stop with those brakes. IMO, do it right the first time and get some rockwells, honestly they arent THAT expensive
     
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    go for some Rocks. Fairly cheap when you conside a rock price vs a Dana 60 per say plus you get the low gearing and extra strength
     
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    i always heard rocks come with 6.72s
     
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    D44 axles will not last with 52s, especially in the mud. Get some Rockwell 2.5 ton axles. They would be much better choice for your setup. And Rockwells do have 6.72 gears. Leaf springs would be the best for just a mud truck. They would be alot easy and cheaper to setup and if you are not doing serious rockcrawling or trail riding, you probably don't need that much suspension articulation! By the way, I have a spare 2.5 ton rear Rockwell axle sitting at home I'd like to sell.
     
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    am i missing the term between lift coil spring and coil over????? all the info is helpful so far on the axels which i understand. should a four link be applied, i have noticed many done on straight axels that need to lifted to certain heights???
     
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    Coil Spring
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    At least get some very beefy 60's under there but if you can find some rockwells or some unimogs for cheap the truck may actually last on 52's for awhile. If it is just a play truck just stick to leaves and do all you can to facilitate the drivetrain.
     
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    thanks for the pic.....to help everyone out. so i'm looking at leaning to the leafs cause i have not heard of anything on LIFT COIL SPRING (redneckdude almost had it). to me either would be simple and priced about same NOT COIL OVER, just was wondering if LIFT COIL SPRINGS are a bad idea:banghead: it would look like doing a simple "air bag" type install

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