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Old 05-02-2007
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explore leafs and AAL's

well, im buying my spindles hopefully by the end of the week. my question is, what should i do with the rear? i have had a blown out pass leaf pack for a long time now as it sits 1.75" lower on the back right (GAY!!!!!). so i bought a set of 4dr 4wd eddie beaur, code BF IIRC. now, i have had these for almost a year without installing them and i will be putting them in when i install the spindles. should i get a long 2" AAL or a short 2" AAL? or could i build my own with parts from the stock ranger pack? i dont know which leaf is blown on my stock ones, would it be evident when i took them apart? or would it be a surprise until i install them?
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ive got a set of 4wd chevy springs. should give you close to what you need, without a block.
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well, i already have the explorers, lol. i was thinking maybe both a short and a long AAL and no blocks? ive been told that the explorer leafs give everything from 0 to 2" of lift....anyone know for sure?
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put an AAL in the explorer pack then put some belltech drop shackles and maybe run the blocks...

explorer leafs 1"
shackle 1"
aal 2"

that is 4" higher than you are now with the blocks in... give it a shot...

if your springs are like that i would not use any parts out of them
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i was really not looking to do the shackle because i dont want any unneeded pinion problems. id rather have the stiffer ride with the AAL's.....i think....
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pinion problems? they should help the pinion angle not make it worse...

they made my pinion angle perfect! that was with the 4" superlift...
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over on rps everyone was saying it made the angle worse....hmmm....maybe i will look into it
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if you lift the front it will make the angle better... if you leave the front stock height or even crank the Tbars this is not the option. but with 3"-5" of lift it will make it perfect...

the alignment shop i went to was amazed how good my rear pinion angle was with the lift...
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Hey ..question on AAL's...02 EDGE 4X4..I have cranked T's and Chevy shack's in the rear..


Starting to sag a bit in the front..


I'm looking for a bit more...I have #1 T bars coming and I was thinking of installing re-keyed T bar keys and maybe some AAL's in the rear..

What do you guys think? Am I going to run into any problems doing this ?
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re-keyed Tbar keys are not good. same as cranking the Tbar bolt...
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Not good as in how? Should I just crank the bolts a bit like the are now when I install the #1's? Also what about the AAL's? I know they roughen the ride a bit..Will the rear be too high?
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the rear will be high, i ran an AAL and a 1" block with no stock block and it sat good.

put the 1s in with like 4 full turns on each.

other than that it will be way too much stress on the balljoints and everyhting else. keys just make it even that much more worse.
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Ok cool... soo I guess Im sticking with the stock blocks Chevy shackles and #1's cranked a bit..Theres sooo many things people do with the rear it gets confusing..How much extra would AAL's add? I usually have a fairly heavy toolbox in the bed..
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