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anyone know off hand what the difference between chevy and dodge center to center distance between the spring center bolts is?
 

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One inch. The Chevy is narrower.
 

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thanks for the info!
 

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soo, if i just pull the front of the springs in to make up the difference will it put too much bind on the shackle bushings? is there even room between the u bolts to angle the springs far enough to make it work?
 

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i was also checking out PJTPW's fabbed up front spring hangers and top shackle mounts, but that may be a little more work than i want to get into right now. oh, by the way, the reason i am doing this is my stock dodge housing is not straight anymore. and its the "old" style where the u bolts go through cast plates on the bottom of the axle, i like chevys u bolt setup much better. and i have two chevy housings with the thick wall tubes. one already set up with a new auburn and 4:10s.
 

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can't you just move the perches?
I know thats not possible on a dodge axle because of the passenger side perch being almost a part of the pumpkin, but aren't chevy's different?
I was also wondering, I have Chevy knuckles on my dodge D44, so will a chevy tierod be too long? This is wat i thought, so i had one shortened 2", but that one seems too short now. sounds like a wacky question, i guess
 

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I wouldn't pull in the springs. That is going to put them in a horrible bind, and probably use up the spring bushings in no time.

The passenger side perch is part of the diff housing, so no moving that. What I did was move the driver's site perch out 1". This moved the whole axle over to the right an inch, but there's been no ill effects from that.

Pics of this project are at this link.
 
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