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Old 06-10-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

My truck rides better when there is half a load of firewood or a couple engine blocks in the back. So, I was wondering if I can lower it about 4" by removing leaf springs? If so which ones and how many? Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:14 AM   #2
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

Not recommended. Most truck drivers do remove the smallest/thickest leaf. Any more and you risk too much.

You can lower 4" by using arched leafs. The leafs are arched for a 4" drop. I have a set. I'm afraid to install them. The rear may end up lower than the front! I may have to try anyway.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

gchemist is correct. You can lower it 3/4" or a bit more by removing the thick overload leaf. If you start taking springs from the pack they will eventually sag with out support.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

I love my ride with 2 removed leafs in each side is a little bit soft I have maybe 1 1/2'' of drop
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

the PO of my truck did it to level the rake out. i hate the way it rides. maybe he took out the wrong leaf? idn, but i have lowering leafs on order now to fix the problem.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:16 PM   #6
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

I have a local spring and axle shop, that can take springs and rearch them to what you want. The trick is to not weaken the spring rate, or you take the chance of throwing the alignment of the driveline out of synch.
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:44 PM   #7
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

Yea ,I have dearched springs as well done by a spring shop ,along with hangers & shackles. They recommended dearching as opposed to buying lowering springs / hope this helps / the co. has been in business for 40 or more years with a top notch reputation.
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:33 PM   #8
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Re: Can you remove leaf springs to lower the rear?

I took out the second from the bottom (not the overload), and it dropped it about 3/4 of an inch... for about 3 months. As of now it's at about an inch and a half drop and probably gonna sag more than that. Even with the C-notch I'm on the bumpstop. Time for a new set of springs!
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