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4"+ zero rate or 6" spring

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stockk5, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. stockk5

    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Hey what would you guys recommend doing? Right now i have 4" rough country springs in the front, i want to get up to a 6" ish lift. I am on a pretty tight budget so i was thinking just put a zero rate up front and i would be close to 6". My question is do most leaf springs run true to their spec height or lil lower/higher?
     
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    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    I didn't measure my truck before/after the springs, so I can't help 'ya there. You may need longer u-bolts if you use a zero rate - more $$$.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Can't really answer your question about the springs being true, it depends on the spring, but I use the zero rates from ORD and they are great.
     
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    New to the 4x4's, what is zero rate, what do they do? I put a 4" Rough country lift on my Jimmy and love the height, just got some vibration after some other stuff.
     
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    A zero rate is an add-a-leaf that does not make the spring stiffer. It bolts to the spring pack w/ the center pin and is safe up front. Gives 1" of lift. Had one on my Chevy w/ 4" springs and just swapped them out for 6" tuff country springs.
     
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    Okay, thank you for the info. I'm learning as I go, but loving it.
     
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    I'd save up (Yeah, like that is possible when you're on a tight bugjet) and get some quality springs. In all honesty, Tuff County and BDS arn't all that expencive. Buy a few parts at a time and drive it like it is till you have aquired everything, then have a wrenching party. Personally I think Rough Country rides like a lumber wagon.
     
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    question: why do you want 6" of lift? makes it easier to answer your question...

    j
     
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    from my experience, BDS tends to run a lil on the big size, 6" lift is around 7" and 8" lift is around 9". maybe 4" BDS would be 5"? i dunno zero-rates are nice cuz u can move the axle, id prolly get thosea nd then if u want more height, get new springs.

    BDS rides real good, before i got my 8" bds lift i had 2" trailmaster from previous owner, and it rides better now than with that tiny lift. I really recommend BDS.

    87blues, where in VA are u located?
     
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    hey i wanted a 6" lift because i plan on running 40" tires and trimming my fenders.
     
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    if you are willing to trim, I say stick with 4" springs and add the zero rates. I run 39.5s on 5" of lift np... will probably go to 42s when my 39.5s are bald.

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