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Kyle
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posted 01-06-2004 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody have any good ideas on how to modify the front leaf-spring mount to be able to use Cal-tracs? I always thought the bracket Ford uses there doesn't look all that strong. I was thinking of make some sort of crossmember out of round tube, welded between the frame rails, and bent under the driveshaft. Then weld small brackets to the crossmember for the spring to bolt to, and then, if my idea is correct, Cal-tracs could be used. I could even tie the roll bar into the crossmember if I wanted to. What do you think? Anybody else have a good idea?

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MLariviere
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posted 01-07-2004 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not familiar with Cal-tracs. Are they a ladder bar type device? Can you use them with leaf springs?

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Kyle
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posted 01-07-2004 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.calvertracing.com/info/info.htm

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-08-2004 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cal-Tracs come with brackets that reinforce the front spring eye mount.

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Kyle
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posted 01-08-2004 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The problem is that the brackets that bolt to the frame almost box in the spring eye. From what I can tell, the front Cal-trac bracket wouldn't work with this arrangement, and needs a spring bracket that is open on the bottom.

So i'm thinking of using round bar, like 1.5" OD or so, with 1/4" steel tabs welded to it so I can bolt the spring to that. Probably make some small gussets for the tabs as well. Do you think this would be strong enough?

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posted 01-09-2004 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it all depends on your welding ability,and the amount of horsepower you have.

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