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Front Coil Springs

Discussion in 'General Truck Info' started by greg0187, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. TRAX and HORNS

    TRAX and HORNS Well-Known Member

    Once a truck gets dailed in there is nothing better. Will I put a m t up against anything ? You bet.
  2. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for these springs?
    All I have found are the 2,5"id 10" long?
  3. mdjackson

    mdjackson New Member

    "I used 10" 225lb QA1's from Summit Racing $55 each. These springs gave a full 2" lift, running 6-12 R1 tractor tires" Look back a couple of pages. If I have two people up front, no bottoming out and no topping out. I did have to cut 1 and 1/2 coils off, just to get them installed. The Summit Racing springs are really tightly wound, meaning not much space between each coil, the AFTCO's appear much looser wound, so you have more space between each coil. IMHO, If you have a real load up front, go with the Summit springs, otherwise I'd look at the AFTCO's. Saw where other people have just used the truck weight to compress and install the new springs.
  4. KCCats

    KCCats Member

  5. mdjackson

    mdjackson New Member

    For only $40! That's just one big lunch at the golden arches.
  6. rugerman

    rugerman Bronze Supporting Member

    I went with the afco 250's. Plnty of spring for 2 250 lb passengers up front. I felt that if you go any higher than that you really can't compress the springs during travel, the tire takes as much or more of the load . have you put a lift in the front end by chance? I put a 2 inch plus the afco shocks and found that the short side half shaft is right at the top end, just about ready to bind when jacked up off the ground. I am going to go back and cut out 1 inch out of my lift . I have plent of clearance up there even with giving back one inch. I believe I bought mine from Summit or Jegs racing. I think they were 60$ shipped.
  7. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    But the 2 1/2"ID will fit?
    I added about 250 pounds at least to the front end with the plow mount and the winch and plow!
    Should I go heavier than the 225's?
  8. rugerman

    rugerman Bronze Supporting Member

    I can't say what the id was but I would assume they are about that. THey fit fine on mine as I recall, but keep in mind that a lot of small modifications that we do to these little trucks are just a hair off at times. Let us know what you find.
  9. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    OK 1 last thing then.
    For my 91 Mdb51, I added about 250# with the brush guard/plow mount.
    Will the 225# springs be heavy enough, or should I go with the 250#?

    OH and by the way, the springs that are on it now are going onto my Golf Cart (EZGO Gas), which my wife insists that I over worked, the reason I bought the truck!
  10. rugerman

    rugerman Bronze Supporting Member

    I would go with the 250 being that u added all that weight.
  11. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    Thank you!
  12. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Active Member

    I have a 94 Daihatsu, S110, with a Scisors/Dump. I have a pretty heavy bumper on it, roughly 100-lbs. Plus the plow, a sixty inch hydraulic electro hydraulic unit, that weighs close to 300-hundred pounds. So, when I started on the suspension I knew two things.

    First I wanted a heavier spring than stock, because it bottoms out fairly frequently off-road.

    And, that it needed to be strong enough to work with plow attached, and a load of sand in the bed. Which adds a lot of weight.

    I went with a variable rate set, of “QA1 High Travel Coil-Over Springs 10HT225–475”, from Summit. They cost me about $130 with shipping. They are 2.5-id, by 10-inch. They didn’t have any interference issues. The “High Travel” means that the totally compressed length is shorter, which helps prevent coil lock at full compression.

    They’ve been on for about two years. The variable rate has worked well in both unloaded, and fully loaded.
  13. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    That sounds like what I need?
  14. ttc

    ttc Active Member

    also check the struts, my drivers side was worn out and would bottom out even with 250 springs and i dont have any extra weight on the front end

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