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height problem after installing leaf spring

Hey you guys, I bought a 1999 ford ranger xlt 4x4 about 1 month ago and there was a problem in the bed. The right rear leaf spring broke and shot through the bed making a nice hole in it. I had ordered a new pair of leaf spring for both sides and I got them installed. Now the rear is higher than the front. Do you know what could be the problem. I replaced everything such as the leaf spring shackles and bracket but didn't replace the shackle on the left because it was not needed.
The truck also rear left is also a little lower than the rear right now.
Did I buy the wrong leaf springs or what?

The two pictures are the before and the clearance it may after putting the leaf springs on
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Your old leaf springs sagged over time, which is why the new ones are taller. Most trucks are a little taller in the rear in order to compensate for towing/carrying heavy loads. Enjoy your new leaf springs.

Nice bed carnage! lol
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Your old leaf springs sagged over time, which is why the new ones are taller. Most trucks are a little taller in the rear in order to compensate for towing/carrying heavy loads. Enjoy your new leaf springs.

Nice bed carnage! lol
Agreed. New leaf springs will definitely have the back end of the truck sit a little higher than before, regardless if its a direct replacement.
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Hey you guys, I bought a 1999 ford ranger xlt 4x4 about 1 month ago and there was a problem in the bed. The right rear leaf spring broke and shot through the bed making a nice hole in it. I had ordered a new pair of leaf spring for both sides and I got them installed. Now the rear is higher than the front. Do you know what could be the problem. I replaced everything such as the leaf spring shackles and bracket but didn't replace the shackle on the left because it was not needed.
The truck also rear left is also a little lower than the rear right now.
Did I buy the wrong leaf springs or what?

The two pictures are the before and the clearance it may after putting the leaf springs on
can i ask what is the manufacturer and part number of those leaf are

i need my trucks rear end higher but without the stiffness
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can i ask what is the manufacturer and part number of those leaf are

i need my trucks rear end higher but without the stiffness
If yours are sagging too, just get the OEM pack. If not, get a set for an Explorer.
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i did get a oem replacement pack , but now they have sagged badly as well
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i did get a oem replacement pack , but now they have sagged badly as well
What you're truly searching for is something that doesn't exist. The fact that you've already worn out a set of OEM replacement springs and your stock springs tells me you do a good bit of bed hauling and/or towing. By design, a taller leaf pack (or stock height but stronger leaf pack) is going to be stiffer than your stock ones. There's no other way around it, or at least none that I'm aware of. I'd be surprised if there is one, though.
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Just spend the $40 on an AAL,
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i have been looking at these leaf springs

1986-1996 Ford F100, F150 2wd - Leaf Spring (Rear - 5/1 Leaves) [43-711HD] | $178.95 | SD Truck Springs | Leaf Springs, Helper Springs and Suspension Parts

although they are for the F150`s , they are almost the same measurements as the rangers but are rated with a higher spring rate , 7 3/8 arch which will allow me to delete the spacer blocks and still maintain proper rear suspension height

these are the factory replacement leaf springs

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....ducts_id=10206

and no i do not haul heavy loads or tow heavy items

but poly urethane bushings allow the springs to flex more easliy with a down side though , they end up sagging a lot quicker
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If the bushings are causing your springs to wear out that quickly, you should use different bushings. Are the bushings giving you that much improvement in ride quality that it's worth replacing your spring packs that often? That's a question only you can answer.

Buying new springs more often than you should isn't going to fix your problem of sagging springs though, at least not permanently. Solve your root cause.
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yes! poly urethane bushings do offer a way better ride quality

i should have have gotten the 2,400 lb spring rate leaves

i thought that the 1,750 lb rate would be best , but that the end result has proven otherwise
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can i ask what is the manufacturer and part number of those leaf are

i need my trucks rear end higher but without the stiffness
yea here are the springs
http://www.autoandtrucksprings.com/p...ar-1282-0.html
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I just found out the problem, the guy at auto zone told me the wrong number of lvs I needed. He told me to buy 4(3/1) but I needed the 3(2/1). So looks like I have to retakes those springs out sell them and buy the right ones. Because the way it rides now is just terrible.
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just spray some castrol motorcycle chain lube between the leaves , and the ride will very quickly soften up
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I just found out the problem, the guy at auto zone told me the wrong number of lvs I needed. He told me to buy 4(3/1) but I needed the 3(2/1). So looks like I have to retakes those springs out sell them and buy the right ones. Because the way it rides now is just terrible.
So the picture on the left is the wrong leaf springs and the picture on the right is the correct?

My truck looks exactly how your first left picture shows...

What size tires are you running?

You setup is how mine is and just trying to get more info!


These were the leaf springs I was going to get to replace my current ones which are probably 12+ years old...

Amazon.com: Dorman 929-202 Leaf Spring for Ford Ranger, Pack of 1: Automotive Amazon.com: Dorman 929-202 Leaf Spring for Ford Ranger, Pack of 1: Automotive


Would these be correct or a good replacement?


Thanks much,
-Nigel
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Just do the Chevy leaf swap.
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