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rough ride on my lift kit-shocks?s

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by camokrawler, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. camokrawler

    camokrawler Registered Member

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    i have an 87 longbed with a 6 inch superlift with rear springs and to be honest it rides horrible i feel every bounce in the road. could it be my superlift shocks or could the body lift add to the bounce. not unbearible but if i could be fixed that would be great any input appriciated
    camo krawler
     
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    I don't have an answer but my 4" Superlift was the same, super harsh ride. It did subside a bit over time but it's still harsh.
     
  3. camokrawler

    camokrawler Registered Member

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    yeah i think its due to the high spring rates in superlifts kit plus i do have the rear springs
     
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    I have a 3" superlift kit on my 89 K5 and it rides very harsh but hey,it comes with the territory;)
     
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    spring rate!! superlift spring rate is very high, somewhere in the 600 lb range, whereas tough country is onlt in the 390 lb range, very soft. if you have not had them very long see about taking them back where you bought them. i have tough country 4" hd lift and it rides very nice, almost too nice. just my 2 cents
     
  6. jekbrown

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    yeppers, its all about the spring rate. The high end 4x4 spring makers (alcan, deaver etc) all use thinner leaves with more leaves in the pack. Rancho HDs, Superlift etc have a hella-high spring rate and because of that you ain't gonna get much flex... and you'll feel every single bump on the road too. Good highend shocks never hurt, but your problem starts with the springs.

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    I had rancho 9000 on my truck with the 4 inch superlift kit and it rode like crap. There was no way I could get it to ride softer, the spring rate is just way too high.


    ~Brian
     
  8. sweetk30

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    also the more arch in a spring the harder it is to flaten out like a spring wants to do in the cycling of the spring over bumps and such.

    flater spring = nice ride

    taller arched springs = harder rides

    just the price we pay.

    but the more you play with thinner leafs and rates the better you can make it.

    you could do 2" rear springs and 4" flip for much better ride.
     
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    What type of spring rates are the higher end springs running? I'm going to change mine out this fall as they are too rough.
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    tuff country or bds spring. are the 2 good ones thay talk about all the time.
     
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    It will probably soften up some after you drive it for awhile. If you can take it out and trailride the truck and flex the suspension up. My TC HD's rode pretty bad at first. After I drove it around for awhile and went on a couple wheeling trips it broke in and softened up some.

    Harley
     
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    If you haven't done it allready, ditch the swaybar. It makes a huge difference. A 6 inch lift makes the swaybar sitting in a strange angle and the swaybar actually prevent the springs from working correct. I also have cut off the front and rear springclamps and only left the one close to the center of the spring. That made the ride a bit softer but it's not something I would recommend anyone else to do since the spring can move sideways without the springclamps.
     
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    Superlift are stiff. Wheel the hell out of it a couple of times and see if they soften up. I just wheeled my TC 56" rears real hard this weekend and they lost 2" of lift.:eek1: :eek1: :eek1:
     

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