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    1979 DODGE D50 suspension options

    Hey all. I am in the process of getting my d50 up and going but I want to lower it with either coil springs or spindles in front and some lowering leafs in the rear but I cant find much out there for the 79.

    I have a lead on some Nissan Titan 18s that I will be putting on with some 235/40 and 245/40 tires.

    Let me know as soon as possible so I can get this ball rolling.

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    Found that 79 spindles are a one year only part, Rear leafs are from 79-81 only and front coil springs are from 79-89.

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    Coils and spindles are the same from 79 to 93, not sure about the leaf springs but they might be as well.

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    i de-arched the rear leaf springs in my 1978 d-50 by purposely overloading the bed with roofing shingles. here are some other options: http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/leaf-springs.html

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    Pull a leaf and/or use blocks?

    Rear lowering leafs for an S10 fit my 2nd Gen perfectly, except the eye was 1/4" too narrow for the bracket so I shimmed it. Seems to work fine.

    So junkyard S10 leafs with the middle leaf pulled might be a cheap, easy option. Or eBay S10 lowering leafs.

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    mitsu leafs are 2 3/4 in wide vs s-10s which are 2 1/2, so shimming them will workwhat did you use for bushings in the spring eyes?
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    Used universal bushings out of the Energy Suspension catalog, don't remember the part numbers but I have the receipt somewhere.

    Page 12-13 (warning, opens PDF):

    http://energysuspension.com/assets/f...on-catalog.pdf

    You can use the square pads on pg. 12 pads to replace the crusty bed pads that rest on the frame above the axle. I think you can use a lot of bushings for S10s like cab bushings on MMs with a little measuring.

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    The front stabiliser/sway bar on my 2WD Gen 1 was dead. Suffered from metal fatigue and the right side end was bent (along with the caster/strut rod being bent in 2 places...) After removing it and comparing it to the front stabiliser/sway bar from a 2WD Gen 2 I can confirm that not only are they interchangeable, but the Gen 2 bar is a few mm thicker than the Gen 1 (G1 is 22mm - G2 is 25mm) Easy and cheap upgrade for a Gen 1 but don't forget the matching sway bar 'D' bushes.

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