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Technical Ladder bars for X frame Chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ShortyLaVen, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. ShortyLaVen
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 650


    Hey guys! I posted a while back about beefing up the rear in my Chevy, and after taking all the good advice into consideration I went out and found a 9" at the Glendale swapmeet a few weekends ago. Talking with the guys at work I've decided that I want to go with a parallel ladder bar setup vs. transferring all my stock suspension to the new rear end housing.

    I'm looking for some thoughts on using the original coil springs with a setup like this. Pretty much all pictures I can find online are either leaf sprung or use use coil-overs. The original suspension utilized spring pockets on the lower control arms themselves. Would there be any reason to not put my spring pockets on the ladder bars in a similar fashion?

    I know there will also need to be a lot of structure added to the frame for the front mounts. I haven't figured out exactly how long they will be, but in any case will end up needing to mount in the "X" space. I'm also toying around with the idea of tying whatever I built there into a reinforcement for the frame tube so I can clearance it for a 1 piece drive shaft. I know you can beef up the 2 piece, but I figure one less U joint is one less thing to break..

    Anyways, any thoughts or advice on this project is greatly appreciated, as always!
  2. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,040

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Take a look at the control arms under 1960's Chevy pickups .
    This might be a good way to get to where you are going .
    wheeldog57 likes this.
  3. samurai mike
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 506

    samurai mike

    just because you can, doesn't mean you should. one question, why?
  4. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,927

    from Missouri

    You can buy mounts to weld on your housing to use factory stuff.

  5. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,232


    As Mr. Eastwood said, the arms from a 60's-72ish Chevy pickup should be just what you need.
  6. Jay McDonald
    Joined: Apr 6, 2020
    Posts: 64

    Jay McDonald

    parallel ladder bars are not a good setup for the street no matter what anyone says
    samurai mike likes this.

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