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Explorer leaves + shackle flip?

I was just wondering after looking at some pre-runners rear suspensions if it were a good idea to do a schackle flip with explorer leaves along with some bilstein longer travel shocks?

Has anyone ever done this just for more flex?

It wouldn't be for pre-running or jumping just for more flex on the trails.... thanks for any advice.
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why would you flip the shackle that will lower it you will get lift from explorer leafs because of the higher spring rate. i would just get drop shackles you will more flex that way i think.
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i don't want lift. i should've said that in my first post. all i am looking for is more flex from the rear. and because flipping the shackle does lower it (and cause more down travel), i would get explorer leaves because that lifts it.

o and i already have the belltech drop shackles. cause my tbars are cranked a little. sorry if i'm not being clear
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The exploder leaves will be stiffer
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The exploder leaves will be stiffer
yea i realized that after i started the thread. but would flipping the shackle help with that at all?
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i dont think so
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get chevy leafs 63" off a 1500 series truck and then do the shackle flip, the chevy leafs are flexy and give enought height to make up for the flip
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get chevy leafs 63" off a 1500 series truck and then do the shackle flip, the chevy leafs are flexy and give enought height to make up for the flip
wow i completely forgot about the chevy spring swap. thanks for reminding me
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You have to move the front spring hanger forward, its not bolt on. Just so you know
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If you want even more flex, do the 63 swap, and remove your rear block. You will be the same height as you are factory, have better articulation, and reduced axle wrap.
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yea i remember reading a thread about it a while back. thanks though
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You have to move the front spring hanger forward, its not bolt on. Just so you know

neither is the shackle flip, almost same procedure but gotta move the front hanger too
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Oh ok I didn't know that.
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yea same procedure... i just didn't know if explorer leaves would be better or not for flex purposes....
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no because the explorers are arched alot, the chevys are more flat then the explorers so they flex better.
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no because the explorers are arched alot, the chevys are more flat then the explorers so they flex better.
And longer giving it more distance to travel
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