i didnt actually take a leaf out of the main pack. i took the OVERLOAD leaf out. its the bottom leaf thats MUCH shorter than the others, and it doesnt really bend. it just kinda sits there as a platform for the upper leafs to rest on when the bed is loaded up.. its effectiveness is basically non-existant until you really start loading up the bed.
its much shorter and more rigid than the other leafs, and its thicker too, at about .5". removing it lowers the rear of the vehicle only because the .5" thick piece is gone... NOT because the leaf pack is suddenly weakened and sags more.
the rear of your truck is barely higher than the front. if you do a hanger flip, youll get too much drop in the back, and then youll have to lower the front too, which = more work.
PLUS, if you end up running similar tires to mine (not sure if you planned to, but i thought you mentioned something about it in a pm) then youre really not going to want to lower it a whole lot, or the tires will not fit. i'm running 30" by 10.5" toyo proxes, and they just barely fit (in the front). if my front were to be an inch or two lower, there would definitely be issues with the tire clearing the front bumper and/or interference from the swaybar and backsides of the lower a-arms.
I recently removed my spare tire, and installed a rollpan. the weight savings lifted my rear up a bit, so now its higher than it used to be. i'm considering adding the overload springs back in, flipping the axle (4-5" from what ive heard) then bringing it back up 3-4" with lift shackles, for a net rear lowering of 1-2".
*SOLD 05/24/08* 2003 Silver Frost XLT 4 Door, 3.0 v6 4x2 Automatic.
255/60 Toyo Proxes S/T on 18 x 9 Boss 304 Chrome Wheels.
Slotted Rotors with Ferro-Carbon pads.
Volant CAI, Crane Roller Rockers, Borla Pro XS Exhaust, MSD DIS-4 Plus Ignition.
Kenwood Headunit w/7" Screen, Infinity Kappas in front and rear, 12" JL Sub,
Custom Ported Enclosure with Flushmounted Infinity Amps.
Custom Interior including Reupholstered Headliner and 7" Visor-mounted LCD Screens.