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kid vishus
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posted 05-30-2003 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got the box off of KK's Lightning. The rear spring shackle itself is bent. The mount that is attached to the frame is also bent. I thought it was bolted on and could be unbolted and replaced, but it looks like it has huge rivets thru the frame holding it in place.

First of all, is that piece something I can get from a parts house? And if so, can I just grind the rivet heads off and use grade 8 bolts to put the new one back on? Or would it be better to try and straighten the one thats on there now? Or????

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 05-30-2003 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I lowered my '94, we ground the rivets off and replaced them with grade 8 bolts and we also tack welded them to the frame and bracket.

I doubt the brackets are sold seperately, I bought a complete frame for a '86 F-150 once and it came with the brackets riveted on.

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68F100
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posted 05-30-2003 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GGRRRRR!!!!!!!!

I spent a bunch of time on a reply, and it got dumped.

OK...

Here's a Lightning parts page I found:

http://stangstable.com/lightning_parts_list.htm

And I found a part number for a rear spring shackle for a 93 F-150:

E6TZ-5630-A

Don't know if it's the same as the Lightning.

Good Luck Rob

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kid vishus
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posted 05-30-2003 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you think I should just try and straighten the bent bracket that's already there?

It looks like the shackle is probably sold seperately, but that bracket may be a bear to find.

Thanks guys.

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68F100
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posted 05-30-2003 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dunno Rob. I have a hard time making bent things "really" straight again. I want to say that you could find a new one, but I know better because I've tried to find new stuff for my truck and nobody makes it anymore.

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kid vishus
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posted 05-30-2003 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's bent down, and it's not kinked. I might have to try a really BFH and see if I can get it close again.

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KULTULZ
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posted 05-31-2003 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...is that piece something I can get from a parts house? And if so, can I just grind the rivet heads off and use grade 8 bolts to put the new one back on?

The spring hangers are available from the dealer, although it might be a special order item. Also while there, ask the shop foreman or service manager if he can burn you a copy of Bulletin No. 97-4-7 (Rivet Replacement) and this will give you the method to properly replace the hanger.

I prefer to go to a heavy truck (or tractor) dealer to purchase what are called frame bolts (integral washer heads) in Grade 8.

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kid vishus
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posted 05-31-2003 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll have to find a different dealer to go to. The local dealer is a freakin crook, and the shop "foreman" is the owner's daughter. And I got the distinct impression the one time we dealt with them that she didn't get that job based on how much she knew.

Thanks for the replies. That bracket so far has been the only thing I wasn't sure if I could get a replacement piece for.

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KULTULZ
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posted 05-31-2003 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a large dealer in GREENSBORO, but I can't remember the name.

Anyways, when you go to the parts counter, ask the guy to show (and print) the illustration for the rear suspension and it will show you what is available for service replacement.

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MLariviere
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posted 06-01-2003 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It should be standard 2WD F150 issue. I would just change it. If you bought a lowering kit,you would probably have to change them anyway.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 06-01-2003 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kid, send Ray an email. He's the most honest Ford dealer I know.

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68F100
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posted 06-02-2003 01:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good idea Steve! No wonder you run this place Ray can find damn near anything that was ever made by Ford.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 06-02-2003 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IIRC, the early Lightnings used the 4x4 frames for strength. I'm pretty sure I read that in the data sheets.

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