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Old 05-18-2011
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Best On/Off road rear suspension lift help SAS

My SAS project is almost ready. Only problem is the rear. Im probly going 5 inch lift all around. Im currently running an AAL and im not happy with the ride. Ive also heard blocks arent much better. Skyjacker offers lift leafs but havent heard any reviews. From the people that are running sas'd vehicles, what option did u go with that you found the best in all over performance. Help/insight would be most appreciated.
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Shackles and Deavers is what I'm running. Deavers ride like a caddy once they're broken in.
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Shackles and Deavers is what I'm running. Deavers ride like a caddy once they're broken in.
Yea i was looking at some of your older pics. you werent running blocks at all?
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anyone?
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i am running 6" skyjackers. no problems at all.
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I would go with the deavers. Everybody says great things about them.
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when i had leaf springs i ran 2wd 88-98 chevy leaf springs...
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Yea i was looking at some of your older pics. you werent running blocks at all?
I wasn't when I had my RCD. I'm currently running 4" blocks with the SAS though.
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Not sas'd but I'm running the 6" skyjackers with no blocks and a big shackle.

You get the lift you need but they don't flex as much as I'd like. They ride good and hold a load alright but when I see how much Razors' truck flexes I wish I would have got some deavers.

Chevys are flexy too from what I've seen.

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Deavers makes a ranger spring taller than 2 1/2"? Or would you have to run that with blocks?
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Deavers makes a ranger spring taller than 2 1/2"? Or would you have to run that with blocks?
When my deavers were new I ran them with the stock shackle and no block and they sat level with my RCD. Once they were broken in I had to put the lift shackle in to get it level again. When I did the sas my truck became rediculously tall and I had to throw the 4" block in and the back still squats some.

Now that they're broken in they ride great and flex great as well. I don't think you could get better flex without going to a longer spring.

BTW don't get deavers if you ever want to put more than 200 lbs in the bed, it will sag like crazy.
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thanks for your input. Deavers are a lil out of my price range, maybe when i do a v8 ill go all out. All my parts are in less the springs, ill have to start a build thread.
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I have the 63" chevy leaves, like beard said, with 6400 shackles and the factory blocks and Im sitting around 5.5 inchesof lift. And it flexes really well and still has good road manners.
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I use the skyjacler fr36 with a 4" block and stock shackle. Just over 8 inches of lift and it is pretty stiff and bouncy off-road or just going over train tracks, but effective. Your minimum ride height with the rancho springs up front will work out to be 8-9 inches for suspension clearances, so it makes a good combo

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I'm running 6in Skyjackers and find them a little too soft for my liking since I have a topper and use my truck for camping, I think the Deavers are soft as well.
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Ordered the skyjackers. 4 inch block. Wow I think im gonna be a lot taller than planned on.
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I have Skyjacker 4"/6" leaves. I'm not sure which ones they are, I bought them used from a guy.

They ride ok with some weight in the bed. Likewise they flex alright too.

They just leave something to be desired though, no fault of their own, they are plenty soft. The problem with ranger leaves is their short length and non-centered center pin. This makes for a choppy, crappy ride on terrain that causes lots of suspension movement...

I would have suggested Chevy 63's but since you bought SJ's....
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