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Old 05-31-2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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I have access to a 1986 F-150 that leaves for the scrap yard this weekend.
I need the springs to straighten up the tires since the truck originally came with a 4 banger and the tires are toed in bad at the top.
For those who have done this swap, what all do I need from the donor truck other than the springs and shocks?
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I would let them go, fullsize springs are way too stiff for an RBV.

New replacement springs are pretty cheap, I think my Explorer ones were around $60 for the pair a few years ago.
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^^^ While I agree in theory, sometimes you gotta make do.
Grab the J hooks and the washer-cone at the bottom. It's been a long time since I did this that I don't remember exactly what I did. I did go from one extreme to the other with the camber. This was on my b2 that I used as a snowplow. I looked at old pics and I went from 29" to 33" at the top of the fender opening. It looks like I grabbed the bottom bolt too. Use heat to get it out as the factory uses a thread locker. I don't really remember if I used the bolt. It also looks as if I drilled the center hole of a slightly concave washer, perhaps from a radius arm, big enough to fit over the hex part of the beam bolt. I ended up using a hose clamp to hold the top of the spring in place on one side, I can't remember why, perhaps I lost the J hook. I used the J on the other side. The springs don't fit into the upper part of the bucket very well, I twisted them to fit the best I could.
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Thanks Guys,
I'm going to check into the new springs this evening.
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