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AAL?

I see AAL in a lot of the suspension threads. What does AAL stand for?
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Add A Leaf. Just adds an extra leaf to your leaf pack in the rear on each side.
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yup! I gained 2 inches
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Everyone is mispelling "ALL" way too often
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^^LOL.


More accurately, not only is it an additional leaf (as the name suggests), it also arches the leaf pack more thus creating lift. Downside: slightly rougher ride. But it's a truck and I think the AAL feels good.
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Thanks for the info. Now, when you add a leaf, that raises the rear of the truck, how do you compensate for the front, assuming you have already cranked t-bars? Is this something typically done in conjunction with a body lift? And, if you do aal, and shackles, and a 3" BL, good lord, how high would the back end of the truck be?

Sorry, but there's so much to learn, and work is slow.
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My opinion, I prefer a level truck compared to a raked truck that has a nose dive stance. I'd crank the bars and leave the rear as-is. My truck has a 4" suspension lift up front. The way I lifted the back is using the AAL and a shackle for 3" of lift or so. Truck sits level. You don't want a shackle and AAL unless you use a real lift in the front. Now, if you ditch the stock 2.5" block THEN do the shackle and AAL, everything will be a-okay...the back will lift a little bit and cranked bars would get you a nice little bump in height and it won't look retarded with the nose diving into the ground. lol. Just would suck if you max your bars out, do the shackle+AAL+stock block and be left with the rear being 2" or so taller than the front will ever be without a real lift.

Remember, a bodylift is just that....a bodylift. Lifts the body off the frame. Has NOTHING to do with anything suspension.







BTW....please go create yourself a signature. Top left of the page, click on User CP then "edit signature". Tell us a little about your truck...year, engine, 2wd or 4wd, mods, etc. I'm only basing my torsion bar and block remarks because you mentioned torsion bars.
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Ok, signature edited, I hope. I didn't know you could do a front only suspension lift.
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Now, if you ditch the stock 2.5" block THEN do the shackle and AAL, everything will be a-okay...the back will lift a little bit and cranked bars would get you a nice little bump in height and it won't look retarded with the nose diving into the ground. lol.

do you have pics of this setup? just an AAL, no blocks and either a crank or preykey?

i was wondering this setup for me in the future. i've been hauling some heavier stuff lately and thought about AAL instead of a shackel. just to help with the payload.
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do you have pics of this setup? just an AAL, no blocks and either a crank or preykey?

i was wondering this setup for me in the future. i've been hauling some heavier stuff lately and thought about AAL instead of a shackel. just to help with the payload.
No but it'll be *** saggyish. Ditching a 2.5" block for something that gives 1.5"...MAYBE 2" of lift with cranked front would give an *** saggy look. At least that's how it's making sense in my head. lol.

Personally, I love the idea of air bags for loads. If a little bit of height is what you're after, honestly go shackles because of their adjustability(.75-1" lift or 1.5-2" lift)
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Ok, signature edited, I hope. I didn't know you could do a front only suspension lift.
a lift kit is a "kit", the front and rear suspension parts put together. You can buy the superlift minus the rear if you're so inclined. They just offer a ****ty rear lift anyways.
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what about crank or pre-key and AAL w/ 3/4"-1" for the shackle in place of the block? would that allow for the payload and not be too raked?
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