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born2steel21
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9/11/2002
23:36:17

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I'm thinking about changing the set-up with my rear leaf springs to get back some of the stock ride that I lost with the tuff country lift. Right now its lifted with rear add a leafs and blocks. I'm thinking about taking the add a leafs out and just putting in longer blocks. While I'm at it I'm going to add energy suspension bushings to the factory leafs. Their part number is 5.2113. Do you guys think that this will work? If you got an opinion on the matter I would love to hear it, anything from where I can get better leafs to different set-ups that'll aleviate the rough ride. I also wanted to look into air bag suspension but I don't even know where to start there? Let me know whatcha think.

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9/12/2002
00:04:00

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www.truckn-store.com has lift leafs for a dakota :-D



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9/12/2002
00:37:58

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After I put the Tuff Country 5.5 lift on my truck, it rode like a lumberjack truck unless there was some weight in the bed of it. It took the weight of four original 31.10.5.15 tires in the back to smooth out the ride. I went back and took out the extra leaf, and it rode much better, and was almost level, with the back end up about 1/4 to 1/2 inch over the front. I pulled a trailer yesterday with about 1000lbs on it, and I was surprised to find the it only dropped my backend about 1/2 inch.



born2steel21
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9/12/2002
00:58:21

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how much did it drop after taking the add-a-leaf out superskunk?

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9/12/2002
01:11:28

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born2steel21...when I put on the lift, I did not crank up the torsion bars. If I remember correctly, the rear was about 1 1/2 inches higher than the front after the lift. After taking out the add-a-leafs, it dropped the rear so that it was only 1/2 inch higher than the front. Now, I'm basing this on the ground to under the wheel flare measurement. In my opinion..the add-a-leafs only add enough lift to match the original front to rear angle on a stock Dakota 4x4. I think it looks alot better with the front and rear level, it rides
much better, and I don't tow, or haul that much heavy stuff, so I'm not worried about the rear of the truck squatting down due to towing weight.

I have stock wheels with 33's' on it and also 3" PA body lift on it, so if you want me to get you "exact" measurements of front and rear height, I can.





born2steel21
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9/12/2002
01:16:23

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thats my problem...I cranked the torsion bars to level out the truck so if I pull mine I'm going to be riding high in the front. I could crank them back down but then I have to get another alignment and I like where its sitting right now. I was guessing about another inch in the rear to compensate for the add-a-leafs...its a start. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

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9/12/2002
08:10:13

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WHOO HOO!! thanks for posting that part number ;-) I'm going to replace my bushings as well and slap in a add-a-leaf.

BTW Truckin-Store.. yea that's AIM industries guys.. the people the SCREWED up my truck. I really wouldn't trust them making anything for a truck... maybe a tool-box but that's it.

You could get custom bent leaf springs if you really wanted to.

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9/12/2002
10:18:34

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born2steal. you could remove the add a leaf and try like a 1 or 2inch block. if you go with a 1 inch I think you can reuse the factory u-bolts.



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9/12/2002
10:54:05

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When I put the TC lift on my truck, it rode rough for a while but eventually it settled out. I don't know, you might want to run it as is for awhile to see iff it 'breaks-in' some like mine did.



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9/12/2002
14:38:58

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My truck rides fairly close to stock after the lift. Its a little stiffer but not enough to make me reconsider. I actually prefer it to the bounciness I used to have.

'99 White CC SLT 5.2L V8 4x4 Auto 9" Lift 35x12.5x15 ProComp Xterrains....plus more.

born2steel21
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9/12/2002
18:47:50

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The bounciness isn't that bad but the squeaking leafs is killing me so I figured I'd try to improve the ride while I was at it. I think mines about as settled as its going to get...I bought it as a used lift.

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