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Pros and cons of an add-a-leaf

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cbbr, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have a shackle flip and a zero rate in the back. I need about 1" to level the Burb. What is the downside of an add-a-leaf?
     
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    A little rougher ride and possibly a little less flex. With the weight of a 'Burb though, these won't be very noticable.
     
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    Ditto. And if it's not a trail rig, then probably not an issue.
     
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    I have heard that an add-a-leaf can crack leaf springs, if you do a lot of flexing because when a thinner leaf spring wants to flex, the thick add-a-leaf does not.
     
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    Pro- cheap, easy to install

    Con- would probably limit flex.

    Is your zero being used to gain wheelbase? If not, then you *might* be better off going with a 2" block. That would net you the extra inch. That way you would only have a smaller chance of wheel hop, vs. stiffening the ride quality, or cracking a leaf. It's something to think about anyway.
     
  6. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    The zero rate is only there for the 1". I do drive it on the trails and that is why I have been building it. And I certainly don't need to crack a spring. The 2" zero rate may be a better idea until I break down and buy new springs.
     
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    What size shackle do you have? if you have a 4" shackle, get a 6". Will be perfect to level it out. I run a 4" shackle flip, 6" shackle, and a zero rate for 6" of lift.
     
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    ORD 4" flip. I hadn't thought of longer shackles, that sounds like a winner.
     
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    And you'll get more flex :D
     
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    Be sure it won't mess up your pinion angle.
     
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    Nothing a shim turned backwards cant fix IMO
     

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