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Old 10-01-2011
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add a leaf vs rear block

alright so i bought front 3 inch lift spindles and i need the rear i was gonna use a block but im thinking just going add a leaf because i off road so much. i know i need new u bolts but will OE length bolts still work with the add a leaf? and where to buy them?
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When I had an AAL in my 87 I used stock bolts.

I'd opt for the block if you don't want to stiffen up the ride.

I got rid of mine and went with shackles. I like the shackles alot better than the AAL.
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I was gonna do the shackle until I found out it moves the axel forward or rear slightly (I forget which). I decided to use the AAL as I wanted the extra payload ability. The rise doesn't bother me too much since I have t-bars and it's a truck not a sports car.
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i have the shackles now. but i heard some guys say using blocks when you offroad is a bad mix? not sure why but i just cant find any u bolts anywhere. or a kit that has the aal and u bolts with it.
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Summit has ubolts no? I got mine locally. Try checking out alignment places. Some of them will make them for you. I had mine made for 20. Blocks off road are really only bad when you stack them. If you just replaced the smaller ones for a larger block, you'd be ok.
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Go to your local auto parts store for the u-bolts... if they can't order them then they'll at least be able to tell you who makes them locally!
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preciate the input. now all i have to decide is if i want ugly big blocks showing on the axle. decisions decisions
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