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Leaf Spring Question

OK Guys-so I was working under my truck the other day-getting ready to POR-15 the frame-and i got to looking at the rear leafs. What would happen if i pulled the overload(?) spring out of the spring pack? I'm thinking that this might be a way to "level thru subtraction" if the side effects wouldn't be too drastic. I'm getting ready to do a body lift, T-bars are already cranked and there's still too much rake for me. It actually sits about right when i have about 250 pounds in the bed for "wintwer weight" I have the upgraded, heavier-duty payload package, but I rarely use my truck for hauling loads. Any thoughts or recommendations or is this just a bad idea?
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Hmmm, I dunno. I think I'd say, IF you remove the overload spring....do save it. I know I'd be pretty mad if I bought a used truck planning to use it only to find out someone removed it.
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do you have any blocking under the spring? if you can, remove the factory 2" block or whatever is there to level it more
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Yeah-there are blocks but I think that 2" might be too much-or is that too little? Anyway, I'm worried that if i remove the blocks, is that going to throw off my pinion/driveshaft angle and possibly cause bigger issues?
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remove the block and get some shackles that might level it out not sure tho, how much higher does it sit in the back?
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I'll have to check out he blocks and see how big the are-I didn't really think of that. Do you think I'll need new (shorter) u-bolts if I take out the blocks? And again, what about driveshaft angle? Maybe after work tomorrow, since it friggin' snowed here today!
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I wouldn't take out the overload spring! I bought my truck and the PO removed the overload and my driver side springs are bent right in front of the axle. So needless to say I'm looking for a new set of rear springs. I'm not sure how many leafs you have now but mine was only the overload plus 2 others and no overload makes the rear end extremely soft and kinda sloppy.
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