Chevy Leafs...parking brake - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Chevy Leafs...parking brake

I'm about to get new leafs, preferably the pro comp 5.5" chevy ones...I want to run NO BLOCK and stock shackle...reason for all this non sense is because I want to have options...if I do swap an axle under the front, I can easily throw a 2" block and chevy shackle on the rear and I'm at 3-4" more lift...and thats where I want my truck. Seeing as the chevy leafs are considerably cheaper, and I could use the extra payload capacity (towing), I really want to do this swap.

My question is about the parking brake, can anyone post pictures on how they rigged that up? I'm tempted to just get the skyjacker leafs if I can't figure it out...it's just the payload and price difference that erks me...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-31-2009
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
You could probably weld up a chunk of angle iron for the parking brake 'Y' to bolt to. Just an idea.

I wanna say Bob Rwenzing posted up some pics of his back in the day.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
You could probably weld up a chunk of angle iron for the parking brake 'Y' to bolt to. Just an idea.

I wanna say Bob Rwenzing posted up some pics of his back in the day.
Yea i'm looking for anything at this point...I can rig something up but if it doesn't work right I'm just going to get mad and in the end buy the skyjackers...I know skyjacker is the right way to do it...but I want the payload cap of the chevy's and I want the flexibility to be able to get more lift out of it eventually...more of a pre-planning for the future so to speak
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-31-2009
ranger024x4's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: nova
Posts: 5,061
i hated my chevy leafs.. the damn thing rode soo stiff i took em off a year later..


never rigged the parkin brake up though.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-31-2009
korey89's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South, FL
Posts: 4,672
Do the Skyjackers and if you want more lift eventually throw in a stock block under them. IDK about the towing sag though, you still have those coils around your shocks?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
Do the Skyjackers and if you want more lift eventually throw in a stock block under them. IDK about the towing sag though, you still have those coils around your shocks?
Towing sag is the big concern...no don't have the coils I have pro comp es9000's
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-31-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
i rigged up several different brackets. all of them were made out of 1.5" wide by .25" thick strap. I may have one in the scrap pile from when i had an ebrake. Let me take a look. If not I may have a picture around here somewhere.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-31-2009
korey89's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South, FL
Posts: 4,672
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrpro130 View Post
Towing sag is the big concern...no don't have the coils I have pro comp es9000's
Well stiffer shocks aren't gonna make you sag less, so maybe throw the coils back on?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-31-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
If you want something to really help towing air bags are the best, they do wonders on the f150 and it rides like stock. however i really liked my procomp springs, rode a bit stiffer but towing was great.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-31-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
best pic i have found so far. as you can see it bolts in an existing hole, goes along the bottom of the frame forward then U around with a hole in it. then i took the bracket from the cable and turned it upside down and bolted it up

Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by korey89 View Post
Well stiffer shocks aren't gonna make you sag less, so maybe throw the coils back on?
i know...stiffer, longer springs will make me sag less. Thats why I want them...shocks have not much to do with sag...
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard View Post
If you want something to really help towing air bags are the best, they do wonders on the f150 and it rides like stock. however i really liked my procomp springs, rode a bit stiffer but towing was great.
thanks for the pic, it alsmost seems like I could use one of the origional holes for the spring hanger and make a bracket...I make them all the time to do the radiator relocate on the atv's, usually 1 or 1.25" strap metal works well, I think I have an idea...i'll probably place the order shortly, I still have to get stock shackles and new u bolts...

edit: zach did you run the 5.5" procomp and chevy shackle or stock shackle?

edit again: anyone run the Pro Comp 11411 it is 4" of lift, $120 each, and I can run a chevy shackle and be right where the 5.5" spring is, but 50 dollars less a spring...i mean I'm not trying to be cheap but thats saving 100 bucks PLUS stock shackle price

Last edited by jrpro130; 03-31-2009 at 09:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-31-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
ive ran different configs...

with the superlift:
no blocks
3.5" chevy springs
beltech shackles

with the D30 sas:
stock blocks
3.5" chevys
beltech shackles

I'm sure i could dig up some pics if u like
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard View Post
ive ran different configs...

with the superlift:
no blocks
3.5" chevy springs
beltech shackles

with the D30 sas:
stock blocks
3.5" chevys
beltech shackles

I'm sure i could dig up some pics if u like
yes please.

wow i didn't think there was that little difference in price, last time i looked there was...the chevy leafs come out to 343.90 and fr36 (skyjackers) come out to 423.90....makes me wonder.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-31-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
superlift with 3.5" springs and shackles







D30 SAS with 3.5" springs and blocks and shackles




Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-31-2009
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Thanks
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to Buy: looking for 2wd lift, 4x4 rear leafs or explorer leafs. MI 93mk8 Suspension, Tires, & Wheels 0 02-19-2012 01:28 PM
chevy leafs kevinsranger Suspension Tech 4 06-27-2008 06:09 AM
Chevy 1/2 ton Leafs... 4x4offroad99 Suspension Tech 21 01-14-2008 09:21 PM
Chevy Leafs....... lifted97ranger General Ford Ranger Discussion 22 10-10-2006 09:59 PM
year range for chevy leafs? flynryan Suspension Tech 5 09-29-2006 05:33 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:44 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.