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Old 04-16-2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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Question Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Hello guys, I just added a 1972 K10 to my truck collection.

When driving my truck is so stiff from the front suspension, I want to keep the leaf springs, changing leaf springs and adding new shocks seems to be good for me, I can do that on a weekend as it's my daily drive truck.

Any recommendations for a smoother drive?

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Old 04-16-2018, 12:23 PM   #2
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

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Old 04-16-2018, 01:20 PM   #3
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Honestly, I don't know, I can snap a picture and add it here.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:18 PM   #4
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

My K20 has 2.5" Softrides and it's not too bad, but it's still an old solid axle truck and it rides like one. Interested to see what you have.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:29 PM   #5
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Stock height or lift, a custom set of springs from Alcan, Deaver or National will make that K10 ride like a dream.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:18 PM   #6
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Nice RDrancher, I'll start looking into that.

here are some pics that I just took from the leaf springs.



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Old 04-16-2018, 07:01 PM   #7
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Your springs look an awful lot like my Softrides. Hard to tell, is that an oversized oilpan protected by a (possibly homemade) bracket & skidplate? The front diff isn't contacting it, is it? First pic says no, second pic says maybe... Also, it looks like that top shock bolt is loose.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:24 PM   #8
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Those do look like a soft ride type

My 4" Dick Cepek soft rides, the bottom two leaves are longer than those. My leaves tapper thinner at each end of each leaf also similar to a knife edge. Mine total five leaves also. And mine still have a nice arch. Yours look sagged or maybe a 2 1/2" lift

I'll take a guess that those are Rancho sprgs. IIRC, but I could be wrong

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Old 04-17-2018, 12:32 AM   #9
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Definitely not soft rides, I would venture to guess a set of Rancho 4'' springs. I ran an identical set on my Suburban, but I removed the smallest spring on the bottom. Springs still set flat. The Suburban ran awesome even with the quad shock set-up. Of course the Suburban is quite a bit heavier all around though.
What's up with that skid plate?
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:06 AM   #10
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

I might remove the bottom 2 leaves --probably will lower it an inch+ tho. You may end up removing one from the back also above the overload to level the truck.. But it should soften the ride.

Then I wanted mine lower --like a stock 67--- and went to just 2 leaves --gave me a negative arch that I helped support with coil overs when I put the bbc in.

I would try just removing the bottom 2 or the second leaf up from bottom. Depends on how you want to use the truck.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:45 AM   #11
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

I wouldn’t pull leaves. They are designed as a pack for durability load and longevity.

But I would adjust tire pressure. What size tires are you running and how heavily inflated? With my 35” 14.5” Mickey Baja Beltes I ran 22 psi for even tread wear. With the BFG MT’s I ran 26 psi. If you have a 33 or 35 inch tire on there inflated to 35 psi dropping that is a great start.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:00 AM   #12
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Thanks for everything guys, I think this will have to wait a few weeks more, I just got hit 2 days ago, pop my front tire, broke my transmission and messed up my rear differential.

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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Well that sucks! I'm guessing you're ok?
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:09 AM   #14
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Yes, I have pain from all over my body but I'm still here to get my truck running again.
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Well that really bites! Glad you're not seriously injured. Hope the person that hit you has good insurance.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:35 AM   #16
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

What is it lately? Trucks getting hit and stolen W.T.....
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:14 PM   #17
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

I know... No Respect... I don't know how he says he didn't see me coming.. lol

I maybe fix it up and sell it, I think this was an open eye for me that I really want is a K5, hehe...
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:26 AM   #18
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Sorry to hear about your truck being hit. But since I noticed you are in Anaheim, the place to go for springs is Deaver. They are located in Santa Ana and I put their springs on my 2500 Suburban and the ride difference was night and day. They are not cheap but the ride quality is great.
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:06 PM   #19
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Re: Smoother leaf springs for my 72 K10

Thanks Ryan, I found a distributor in Anaheim, I may go there. I think this will take time as the bed has to be replaced, replace the transmission (it broke), replace right door and fender.
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