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belltech shackles cause leafs to go flat??

I have been running the belltech shackles for about a year now and was wondering if they could cause the leafs to go flat.
The reason i ask is i upgraded to C leafs last september from a junkyard truck with 23000 miles on it and when i put them on they had arc to them. I was under the truck checkin out some stuff over the weekend and noticed that the leafs were flat. i dont carry heavy loads but i do tow 2 quads on a trailer to the mountains every 2 or 3 weekends. Could the shakcles cause this?
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mine are flat as a pancake before the shackle lift and after the shackle lift....so i dont think the shackles are to blame...
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I have the k rear springs and I was wondering what is the difference between those and the stiffest ones for the ranger. ie, will I notice it much if i did a swap. Also mine are currently pretty flat.
Some one please remind me of the different spring options.
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yea mine are flat *** hell too
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im thinking of get expo rear leafs, hopefully they wont go as flat as fast
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I have been running the belltech shackles for about a year now and was wondering if they could cause the leafs to go flat.
Yes. With longer than stock shackles, the springs can flex more before they hit the bump stops. It's similar to torsion bars that "sag" prematurely after being cranked. In both cases, the springs are being allowed to deform beyond the original design intent.

All automotive springs tend to change shape over time even in the stock configuration. Modifications that allow bending or twisting to a greater degree will simply accelerate that process.
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thanks for the info. Ill just run them. Maybe but an aal in or somethin later on.
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or switch to chevy 63s
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