Combining two Ranger leaf springs into one -- extra lift
I took my springs apart today and took a leaf out of them, then added that leaf to a less sagged spring set I got from Doc. I'm running 4 leaves plus the overload now. The standard spring pack is 3 leaves plus the overload.
I used the longest leaf (other than the one with the "eyes" on it). It's a job to shoe-horn it in there with the others, and I had to remove the isolation disk on one end to get it in place. It JUST fits in the shackle clip. The thicker leaf below it might be stiffer, but it would probably be harder to combine with the other three with the limited gap in the clip.
I used a longer centerbolt -- a 3" long 3/8-16 grade 8 bolt and nut.
This gave me an additional inch over where I was and the rear feels like it's in better control now. Stange because I thought it might get "hoppier" back there, but it didn't. I'm wondering if the WEAKNESS of the old spring was giving me more hop. I could be mistaken as I haven't had it offroad yet -- but we'll see.
I had ragged out my old rear springs and if you set them eyes-down/arch-up next to Doc's (the ones he gave me when he did the chevy spring conversion) and his were 1/4" to 1/2" taller! So I know mine had sagged if they are shorter WITHOUT tension, lol.
One side note, and I've posted on it in a separate topic: the pinion angle shims I bought were COMPLETE junk -- they had cracked and literally fell to pieces when I removed the spring from over the block! No good. I'm running without the shims for now. I have a new taller block being made and it will have a correcting angle ground into it.