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Which would flex better?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gotmud77, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. gotmud77

    gotmud77 1/2 ton status

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    I was just wondering if a 8" lift spring would flex better or worse than a 4" lift spring with a ORD shackle flip. BOth the same amout of lift just different setups.
     
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    The more springs you have the stiffer it will be
     
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    Worse.

    More arch = stiffer ride = less flex.
     
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    gotmud77 1/2 ton status

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    are you talking ride quality or the harder arched spring will flex less. I know that on my dodge that is getting tore apart and sold had the bds lift with the shackle flip and it worked great. I just want the k5 to do the same thing.
     
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    The more springs you have the stiffer it will be

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    Not necessarily. You have to look at spring rates/arch/etc. Some guys who want super soft, flexy springs have custom leaf packs made that have upwards of 8-10 leaves...they're very thin leaves so they ride well.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    The more springs you have the stiffer it will be

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    Not necessarily. You have to look at spring rates/arch/etc. Some guys who want super soft, flexy springs have custom leaf packs made that have upwards of 8-10 leaves...they're very thin leaves so they ride well.

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    Oooh I never new that, that's interesting, thanks for correctng me /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    The setup i am shooting for is a 4" skyjacker soft ride spring and a shackle flip kit from ORD.

    This should work better then a full 8" skyjacker soft ride spring.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    The setup i am shooting for is a 4" skyjacker soft ride spring and a shackle flip kit from ORD.


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    in my opinion this would be your best setup for flex /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    The setup i am shooting for is a 4" skyjacker soft ride spring and a shackle flip kit from ORD.


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    in my opinion this would be your best setup for flex /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Yes that would be better than a 8" spring lift. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    how about an ak57 lift?? Those flex alot.
     
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    Yes, the shackle flip and 4" springs would flex better. A good rule of thumb is the taller the lift spring i.e. 8", 10", 12", and so on, they tend to flex less than a smaller 4 or 6 inch spring. That is why a lot of people prefer to go with 4 or 6" springs and hack the fenders out to make big tires fit rather than running taller lift springs.
    -Harrison
     
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    Also, a shackle flip changes your shackle angle and geometry enough that it makes even a seemingly stiff spring feel much softer.
     
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    I would love to have the ak lift but i dont have those parts i have the springs. All i would need to do is buy the shackle and i am up and running.

    Thanks for the great info, /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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