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overload-leaf question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Jul 19, 2000.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I am going to do a shackle flip soon and will either flip the overload-leaf spring over and cut it shorter or keep it the way it is and cut it shorter, pros and cons to either way?

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  2. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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  3. Burt4x4

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    Re: Add-a-leaf question

    Duno, But do you need it or just aticipating you might to level out your rig?
    If you do need it then I would 'test' it buy first installing it the way it was ment to be used then 'feel' the ride and go from there. I wouldn't think your articulation would be effected or change buy cutting it, but again I duno............never dun it!

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  4. Depdog

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    Well, flipping it lets you flex better, I tried cutting mine shorter, did not make much differece.

    Currently I have them flipped and cut the cut off one down to block size and its bolted in with the leaf spring bolts on the bottom.

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  5. Grim-Reaper

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    I Am running 2 overloads. One is upside down and more or less be came a 3/4 block. The truck gets full stuff and is just shy of bottoming out the shock in it's stock location. When under full compress there is about 3/8 of an inch gap between the 2 overloads and My guess is under torq it will help prevent axle wrap. My springs came out of an 86 and have 4 leafs with the pads. They flex GREAT!

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  6. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    No Grimmy, they flex like Mad!! eheheh
    Actually my 88 springs flex like mad! I just gotta get some longer shocks dammit.
     
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    hey steve,
    i did the same thing you are asking about, i got the idea from depdog, and it is amazing the amount of compression you get just by flipping the overload leaf. while ramping my truck on some steps i really got a chance to see how well that idea works. stuffs the rear tire into the wheel well, this may be a concern for the fat tire guys. i dont plan on putting anything fatter than what ive got or carrying any heavy loads(other than people) so there is no room for concern for me.
    good luck,
    MTPockets.
     
  8. CK5

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    So the verdict looks like flip and cut.

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