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Old 04-26-2011, 11:43 AM   #21
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Re: "The Bucket" project diary

Originally Posted by swamp rat View Post
I would like to understand more about the spring removal mod ( i have the 44 myself so not applicable ) did you find this on the net somewhere?
We had a square body dually mud truck before that built and played with for awhile; my husband learned alot about all this with it. I'm still not sure I totally understand what he's tired to explain to me about it, but here goes how my simple mind sees it:
The whole king pin stuff is in place of what is usually a ball joint.
The spring puts pressure on the bushing which keeps everything tight. The spring moving - compressing then not - gives the bushing slack to move on the pin. Big, heavy tires jerking on the spindle multiplies this "wobble" therefore over time starts to wear the bushing against the pin & becomes even more prevalent over time or quicker with real big tires.
So now the spring will be gone and a fender washer added in its place over top of the bushing. The bolt going through the plate can be tightened down against this washer to put continous pressure against the bushing...therefore no wobble!
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'72 C to K20 "Cannibalizer"
'85 K30 "Big Nassy"
'72 Blazer "The Bucket"
'55 Chevy straight axle gasser
'01 2500 wagon
'06 3500 Duramax ...tow truck
'06 Silverado SS...DD
'07 Classic 1500...DD
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'69 Pro Street Chevelle
'86 M1031 CUCV
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