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I recommend using the 51" eye to eye OME rear springs over the stock 47" springs. The 51s started in 88 or 89. They only move the rear axle back .25", but they really relax your shackle angle and offer great flex and ride quality benefits. Also, as stated earlier, High Steer is almost a must, I personally would not lift a truck and continue to use stock steering, even with a drop drag link.
So if I use the 51" inch springs on my 84 frame do I need to move the rear shackle hanger back or simply run a longer shackle?Thanks for all the advice so far guys it's been super helpful for a newb like me.
No, these are only slightly longer then the stock 47" springs, and since the additional length is all within the rear half of the spring (from the center pin to the rear eye) you will not have any drive shaft or wheel base changes, nor will you have to re-weld the hanger. I would recommend a 5"-6" shackle.
Is there any reason I should pay the $20 for the OME spring bushings and not the $3 ones from Marlin? Are the OME springs the same size bushing as stock Toys?Also do I need the front greasable pin or can I reuse mine? They came off easy and are in good shape.
The OME is $20 per side, Marlin comes out to $6 per side.The CS009/10 are all small diameter, the CS019/20 are small diameter rear eye and shackel , large diameter front eye.You need the sleeve for both on the front eye.With an 84, I believe it should be the CS009/10Measure the distance from the center of the front hanger bolt to the center of the top shackle bolt.Should be about 46" for the CS009/10
When I click the greaseable shackle kit link it only has a front option. Am I having shopping fail?