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Old 09-29-2008
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chevy or explorer leafs?

I cant decide on what to do with the rear leafs...

I'm going to pick up an explorer 8.8 and possibly the leafs. I've also been reading more about the 2wd chevy swap too. I understand what's involved and dont mind the work of the chevy swap. I'll also be running the JD traction bars either way, I know I'd have to extend them to fit the chevy swap. But I need some opinions backed up by facts. I'm looking at either just the explorer leafs with 6400 shackles and stock blocks or the 2wd chevy leafs with shackles and stock blocks. Estimated lift differences, ride comfort, flex/articulation, whatever your reasons, please let me hear some opinions. Payload capacity doesnt matter to me. Please keep in mind that it's still a DD but I love going out to the trails every weekend and would like some more offroad ability.
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I really like the Skyjacker leaf springs. if you get these leafs, you wont need anything else to get some lift in the rear. The JD bars fit great too.
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I only get one response and it doesnt do anything for my questions... Bump!
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I'm going to pick up an explorer 8.8 and possibly the leafs. I've also been reading more about the 2wd chevy swap too. I understand what's involved and dont mind the work of the chevy swap. I'll also be running the JD traction bars either way, I know I'd have to extend them to fit the chevy swap.

If you do the chevy swap, the easiest thing to do with the traction bars may be to add a second spring hanger, in the same position as the stock one was, and running them as they were stock.

I'm looking at either just the explorer leafs with 6400 shackles and stock blocks

With that setup, your rear end would be lifted maybe 1-2 inches., maybe more, I am unsure of the expo spring rates.

or the 2wd chevy leafs with shackles and stock blocks.

If you were to run that setup, you would gain maybe 2-3 inches. If you were to remove the blocks, your hight would stay about the same as stock. I would take the block out all together if I did it that way.
With the chevy springs, you may have a bit of a harsher ride, as experianced a few people here. Also, you will need to take the spring mounts off the bottom of the axle and put them on the top, as the explorer is spring under, where there ranger is spring over.
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I know what's involved with either choice I'm just looking for some opinions. The explorer leafs would be easier but if the chevy's are worth it I'll do the work. So are they worth it?
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Well from what I remember, multiple members here took them off because they didn't like the ride of the Chevy 1500 springs. Rwenzing used to run them and I think Zabeard might've run them. Anyhow, neither are anymore.

I think you'd be happy running the Explorer leaf springs or even the stock ranger springs with an add-a-leaf.
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Thanks Tyler. I read the posts of zabeard and such having them but I didnt come across any where people said they didnt like the results or took them off. Explorer's sound like the best bet and a lot easier for now. If I ever end up building my plate rear bumper and rear tire/gas carrier, you think the added weight would make the chevys a better option at that point?
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i had the chevy 1500 4x4 springs.. road firm as hell. would lauch the rear off speedbumps.. I hated them.

But, i carried a ****load of shingles in the bed and then it road really nice. So, if you plan on hauling alot of stuff, then it may be worth it.
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Unplanningly got the Fabtech spindle lift. It came with the AALs but I dont know... I already have 6400 shackles to put on. I need some more opinions please. Explorer leafs and shackles, AALs and shackles, or 4" lift leafs with shackles (ditch stock block)? Which would ride most comfortably with an empty bed?
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Many people run the AAL and Chevy Shackle. It's a good combination.

But if money really isn't a big issue, the 4" lift springs and shackles will probably be the best ride.

Since you already have the 6400 shackles and AAL why not install them to see how you like it? That is if you can do it yourself.
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they explore leafs will give you 2 inches of lift then get shackles will give you around 4 you will still have a good ride quality too
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Absolutely I'll do it myself, I'm a motorcycle mechanic so I kinda know how to use a wrench. The AALs are still in an unopened box. If I'm not going to use them I'd rather sell them still in an unopened box. When sold, that would go towards the 4" springs.

I thought the same thing, 4" be best ride. Anyone concur or have another opinion to share?
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