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Old 11-25-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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rears up front

ok I know this question is alwasy asked but I cant find the answer I need...

my question is how much lift will stock rears up front give me without adding any leafs just the stockpack minus the over loads and how do they ride like that? I have read that its a lil bouncy so ppl add leafs but they add up to 4 different leafs and lifts the truck way to high! I dont want any more than 3-3.5" of total lift and would like to know before I start tearing my truck apart and find out Im not going to get what I am looking for.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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i just finished my 63'''s in the rear so this is my next project... ive been told to find another rear spring set and take leaves from it to make 6 total leaves for each spring...?
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ok I know this question is alwasy asked but I cant find the answer I need...

my question is how much lift will stock rears up front give me without adding any leafs just the stockpack minus the over loads and how do they ride like that? I have read that its a lil bouncy so ppl add leafs but they add up to 4 different leafs and lifts the truck way to high! I dont want any more than 3-3.5" of total lift and would like to know before I start tearing my truck apart and find out Im not going to get what I am looking for.
Likely 0" lift with just a stock rear pack. You'll probably need to add some leaves to get any lift:
- http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/4R_suspe...l#Update-part3
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Likely 0" lift with just a stock rear pack. You'll probably need to add some leaves to get any lift:
- http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/4R_suspe...l#Update-part3
how many leaves will I need to add to get about 1" lift and from what leaf pack

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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i just finished my 63'''s in the rear so this is my next project... ive been told to find another rear spring set and take leaves from it to make 6 total leaves for each spring...?
how much lift will that give you
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how many leaves will I need to add to get about 1" lift and from what leaf pack
You can read my web page and find out. I got about 1" of lift with 6 leaves from 2 rear packs:
- http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/4R_suspe...l#Update-part2
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ok great your write up helps me out alot! Im gonna run as close to the exact leaf pack you are to get about the same .5-1" lift I am looking for

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OK so anther question can I do rears up front but use my stock front main leaf so I don't have to buy banana shackles and keep the overall length the same for steering or does that defeat the whole purpose?
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just buy some pro comp springs for the front they are cheap
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:23 PM   #10
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OK so anther question can I do rears up front but use my stock front main leaf so I don't have to buy banana shackles and keep the overall length the same for steering or does that defeat the whole purpose?
Id like to know also
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:04 PM   #11
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just buy some pro comp springs for the front they are cheap
they give me more lift than I want I want to be able to use what I have and just add to it rather than start over
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just dont use blocks in ANY situation.
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here is a tread that might give you some other ideas:
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:33 PM   #14
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It's more complex than just putting a set of rear leaves up front. You definitely need an aftermarket shackle, around 5" eye to eye, you need to relocate the shock hoops, a drop front hanger helps a lot, and if you build this pack to only yield 1" of lift it will be extremely under-sprung and ride very soft, often reverse arching the springs. You might want to consider some $160 OME springs, because by the time it's all said and done you will have spent over that on your RUF swap, I promise. Also, different rears offer different amounts of lift, as Roger mentioned in his very well written article posted above.

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see this is what I am looking for!

I was also wondering about getting a rear set and just adding them to my stock front main leaf because the rears have more arch then the fronts

here are my springs
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what about using YJ leafs up front will that work?
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You could just get some random leaf packs that are 2 1/2" wide and start adding to your stock pack, sure. It'll probably help with the lift, but I'm sure it'll ride pretty stiff. I see you already have some pretty long shackles, so those would probably work better with a more arched leaf pack. Just start experimenting, it's way more fun than surfing the forums all day to see what other people have done.

Here's my rears up front...







40s with lots of trimming, probably 5-6" lft.

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^ what did you add to make your spring pack? what are you doing for rears? chevies?
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^ what did you add to make your spring pack? what are you doing for rears? chevies?

Spring pack from top to bottom:
-1980 rear
-1980 rear
-trimmed down 89 pick up rear
-1980 rear with clamp
-trimmed down 89
-trimmed down 89

The 1980 rear leaves have way more un weighted arch than the 84-89. My first rears up front pack used the main leaves from an 88 4runner, and I got about 2" less lift, but it was only a 5 leaf pack.

Rears are chevys with a 6" shackle and an (ahem) 1" block. The bed of the truck sits 100% perfectly level, that's part of the reason I used the block, plus my u-bolts had about 1" of exposed threads, and I'm trying to make sure those 40s don't rub.

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ok so I guess what I have decided is just get a set of 3" pro comp leafs and mix them with my stock leafs to get a softer and lower ride for cheap
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