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Chevy 1/2 ton Leafs...

So I found a set of 1/2 ton leafs off a '95 Chevy 1500. Do the factory blocks come out? Whats the advantages/disadvantages of these leaf packs? Im not looking for a dramatic lift, just a few inches will be fine. I cranked up my tbars already, just need a lil more clearance in the rear. My Ranger is a '99 4x4, any help is appreciated.
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theyre flexier mainly cause of the length gain. blocks do come out but if you are looking for something simple and cheap I would just get some AALs...
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is the chevy 4wd or 2wd? you want the 2wd ones.

the 2wd ones will lift the truck to the point of not needing the stock lift blocks.
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theyre flexier mainly cause of the length gain. blocks do come out but if you are looking for something simple and cheap I would just get some AALs...
Thats the thing, I can get these leaf packs for free. So better articulation , huh? Thats good...
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for me the made it about stock height without the blocks...
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Its a 2wd C1500.
Do I need to use the Chevy shackles?
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Its a 2wd C1500.
Do I need to use the Chevy shackles?
You can use the stock Ranger shackles but they end up at a strange angle. Using longer aftermarket Chevy lowering shackles (such as Beltech 6400) will put them at a better angle and give ~1" extra lift on a Ranger.
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do you have to relocate the hangers or anything or is this a bolt on application. I like the idea of the spring swap with belltech shackles to rid the blocks...
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You can use the stock Ranger shackles but they end up at a strange angle. Using longer aftermarket Chevy lowering shackles (such as Beltech 6400) will put them at a better angle and give ~1" extra lift on a Ranger.
Sweet...can you post up a link so I can find em? Preeshiate it...
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do you have to relocate the hangers or anything or is this a bolt on application. I like the idea of the spring swap with belltech shackles to rid the blocks...
The front spring mounts have to be moved forward on the frame. This requires removing rivets, drilling holes and using bolts instead.
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Sweet...can you post up a link so I can find em? Preeshiate it...
You can get the Belltechs or equivalent at many auto parts stores or online.
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...on/3403C2.html
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Thanks for all yall's help. Im not installing them till I git new tires...255/85R16 BFG MT's.
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why not some 265x75/16s?

I would brace the frame where the new spring perches are. that is how my frame got tweaked.
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is this bolt on with the bell tech's????
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is this bolt on with the bell tech's????
The Belltech 6400's are bolt on but the Chevy springs are not.
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why not some 265x75/16s?

I would brace the frame where the new spring perches are. that is how my frame got tweaked.

I may get those, I was just tryin to fit a taller tire...
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when you move the front spring hanger up on the drive side don't you have to do something with the gas tank.
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No, maybe unmount it and slide it over for a bit to give you some more room
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ah ok, someone that done it can chim in and let us know. I'd love to do this to because the rear springs are so stiff and the ride sucks unless you have a done of weight back there.
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I have done it on 3 trucks, no modifications to the gas tank or the location of it.
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Oh ok, you didn't sound like you knew exactly. Well then I'd love to do this, as more flex no blocks so less wheel hop (most likely none), and a better ride are all great things.
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well i was not sure what you meant about the gas tank. last time i took the brackets off i moved the tank to the side some. its only 2 bolts to do so.

I just installed my 63" Alcan springs last weekend, rides kinda low so i am going to lower the brackets 3" to ditch the block at add the height back.
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