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Getting rid of the leaf springs in the rear...

What are some options to get rid of the rear leaf springs? Is there a coilover kit out there?

I know I can do it by the air bags, but would like to keep the cost down.

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cost saving doesn't go together
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As stone mentioned you would have to switch to a link style suspension. Which there is not kits out there, it would be a one off design. After that is made you would have some options as far as holding the truck up though, Coils, Coilovers, Airshocks, airbags.
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NOt sure why you want to get rid of the leafs, but if you want softer find some deaver leaf springs and check out some good air shocks. Might be what your looking for.
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NOt sure why you want to get rid of the leafs, but if you want softer find some deaver leaf springs and check out some good air shocks. Might be what your looking for.
A good coil setup will out flex and out perform 99.9% of the leaf spring setups out there. You also can knock down aproave and departure angels as well. But if it is not a full on trail rig, then I dont see the point of spending the money, or putting in the effort.
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I agree coil overs are pretty much the best you can get but consider the money and time spent when swapping leafs and shocks out take 2 hours tops.......figure that its not going to win the scale.
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It all depends on the application. If you are going for a budget build, you can bastardize a leaf pack and get it to articulate pretty damn well. But if you ahve the cash, there is no stopping coilovers/air shocks.
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NicksterSVT and Gumby both swapped in Expo IRS on their trucks.
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It all depends on the application. If you are going for a budget build, you can bastardize a leaf pack and get it to articulate pretty damn well. But if you ahve the cash, there is no stopping coilovers/air shocks.
Your assuming he's lifting it, he could be wanting to lower.
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Your assuming he's lifting it, he could be wanting to lower.
This is true. Whenever I see a swap like this I automaticly assume it is a lift.
A 3-4 or Watts link would be pretty trick on a ranger.
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NicksterSVT and Gumby both swapped in MN12 IRS on their trucks.

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A good coil setup will out flex and out perform 99.9% of the leaf spring setups out there. You also can knock down aproave and departure angels as well. But if it is not a full on trail rig, then I dont see the point of spending the money, or putting in the effort.
i wouldn't say 99.9%
a properly setu leaf spring suspension will do wonders..
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i wouldn't say 99.9%
a properly setu leaf spring suspension will do wonders..

But a properly set up links with coil overs will out perform said leafs right?
The only reason I say this, is look at all of the Comp crawlers, there is no one running leafs. Dont get me wrong, a leaf setup can perform phenominaly, but better than a properly setup coilover?
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no, i know..

you said coils.. you see coils on most "low buck"(not cheap, but not expensive) builds, as with leaf springs..

now your comparing a weekend warrior to a professional racer lol
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A good coil setup will out flex and out perform 99.9% of the leaf spring setups out there. You also can knock down aproave and departure angels as well. But if it is not a full on trail rig, then I dont see the point of spending the money, or putting in the effort.
i wouldn't say 99.9%
a properly setup leaf spring suspension will do wonders..
I agree that maybe not 99% of the time but its defiantly a much better set up most of the time.
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no, i know..

you said coils.. you see coils on most "low buck"(not cheap, but not expensive) builds, as with leaf springs..

now your comparing a weekend warrior to a professional racer lol
Ahh I should have specified coil-overs.

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It all depends on the application. If you are going for a budget build, you can bastardize a leaf pack and get it to articulate pretty damn well. But if you ahve the cash, there is no stopping coilovers/air shocks
I specified later on in the thread.
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NicksterSVT and Gumby both swapped in Expo IRS on their trucks.
to bad nicks is a Lincoln IRS not thunder bird or expo
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NicksterSVT and Gumby both swapped in Expo IRS on their trucks.
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lol jk
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to bad nicks is a Lincoln IRS not thunder bird or expo
the lincoln IRS nick used is the same as the tbird IRS i used. same chassis(MN12)
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