can you remove leafs to go from 4" to 2"?

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  1. hunter

    hunter Registered Member

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    I wanna lower my K5, it currently has 4" superlift softrides with 5 leafs in the pack, can I safely remove 1 or 2 leafs to lower it to a 2"-2.5" lift?

    bad idea? :confused:
     
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    I removed the 2nd longest and the shortest leaf out of a 4" tuff country springs. The biggest issue would be axle wrap so leave the overload in if it is in the rear.
     
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    I did something like that on the front of my black k5...
    I had a old set of Rancho 4" lift springs...I took out all but 2 springs...
    It's about 2" lift spring now.

    I've been running this set-up for about 4 years...with no issues.

    Try it...see how it looks.. :cool1:
     
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    I've heard its safe to remove the overload springs but you are not supposed to remove the other one's
     
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    Thanks guys, Im referring to the front springs, the rear currently has blocks.
     
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    i'd do it. probly isnt the best thing for the springs tho. probly break a leaf easier if your hard on the truck . also easier to over compress the leaf pack, which can weaken/break the leaves.

    i'd start with one leaf and see how you like it. i think you could go safely to 3 tho.
     
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    This is on my daily driver, the only offroading is very mild and seldom. I also still run my sway bar so that might help. I just hate to go spend another $225 for springs when I MIGHT could just remove the lower leafs or just one. It currently has 5 leafs....the top longer 3 are clamped together, then it has 2 shorter leafs that arent clamped and these are the ones Im thinking of removing, but only if its safe because I carry my kids around all the time.

    The springs have leaf placement like these in the pic.
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    Please keep the replies coming...good or bad because Im thinking of doing this in a few days and I appreciate all the knowledge from this site and take the advice very seriously.

    btw...looked at my old stockers and they have only three long clamped leafs.....no small leafs.
     
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    i'd take the two smallest ones off.i wouldnt worry about the safety factor.some people might disagree tho
     

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