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Old 02-24-2017, 10:47 PM   #1
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Been working the 86 Blazer more in the last month than the last 10 years. The front leafs are toast. As are the shocks, bushing and most else but can only tackle one thing at a time. It's just gotta make it thru till summer. I've got lots of leafs I can use to put something together but not enough u-bolt length for more than the main plus two. That's assuming they come off in one piece. I'm thinking I'll reuse the main, never had much success w/re-arching, and shove a couple leafs in under it. Any other ideas? Or does anyone have a cheap pair laying around?
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Old 02-25-2017, 02:33 AM   #2
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Seth has a new set of helper leaves he bought for his J20,about 2-1/2" wide and about 48" long IIRC. Under some white stuff outside right now. I'll do some probing Saturday.
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Old 02-25-2017, 03:45 AM   #3
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U bolts are pretty cheap. 4 u bolts with 12" legs for my 83 Chev, 8 nuts and washers cost about $50. I'd imagine shorter ones would be less. I doubt 30+ yr old U bolts are unbolting easily or even in a condition to be reus3d. Mine were rusted down 1/4" less thic near the axle.

I have a set of 1 overload per side I pulled out of my truck you can have, going in the dumpster otherwise. Probably be pretty darn stiff.
Years ago my Dad had beefed up his K10 plow rig. It's got 4 or 5 leafs in the front pack and 7 in the rear.
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Does anyone in Anchorage or the Valley do custom leaf packs? I'm needing a new rear pack for the F150 as well.

Have you checked 6 Robblees for the U-Bolts?
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Alaska spring and suspension makes custom springs, but in my experience they dont last. I've had a number of friends tell me the same thing, they start to sag within a few months.
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Alaska spring and suspension makes custom springs, but in my experience they dont last. I've had a number of friends tell me the same thing, they start to sag within a few months.
Yeah, they've done two trucks for me. They call it the 'plow beef'. Not worth what they charge.
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Does anyone in Anchorage or the Valley do custom leaf packs? I'm needing a new rear pack for the F150 as well.

Have you checked 6 Robblees for the U-Bolts?
Only 6 Roblees in Anchorage does U Bolts and mostly semi truck and trailer, minimal supply for pickup trucks.
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Does anyone in Anchorage or the Valley do custom leaf packs? I'm needing a new rear pack for the F150 as well.

Have you checked 6 Robblees for the U-Bolts?
Just buy new ones online. Way cheaper. Amazon shipped 8" soft rides to my door for free. Springs were cheaper than anywhere around here.
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Been working the 86 Blazer more in the last month than the last 10 years. The front leafs are toast. As are the shocks, bushing and most else but can only tackle one thing at a time. It's just gotta make it thru till summer. I've got lots of leafs I can use to put something together but not enough u-bolt length for more than the main plus two. That's assuming they come off in one piece. I'm thinking I'll reuse the main, never had much success w/re-arching, and shove a couple leafs in under it. Any other ideas? Or does anyone have a cheap pair laying around?
Throw a set of bags up front.
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^^ that's always an option
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