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Leaf Springs Chevy or Ford options.

I have too many options here and i need help deciding

I have found some ProComp Chevy Lift springs with 3" of lift rated at 195ft/lbs

here is the catch. they are 4wd chevy springs. k1500 with 3" of lift. if i remove my blocks this should be enough lift on its own? or maybe too much? im not sure. the stock chevy springs i had were perfect, i still had the stock blocks in at the time. so my thinking is these will be fine. what ya think? $150

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Here are some Ford Ranger Skyjacker springs and the way i understand it these should fit mine also. someone correct me if im wrong. $202

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku


wait 3 weeks for custom alcan springs 290 each

or buy chevy stock springs for 260 each new.

does anyone know the spring rate on a stock chevy c1500 spring? what about the ranger?
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So with add a leaf, chevy drop shackles and stock block you were even.

You then went to chevy springs, drop shackles and stock block and your even.

I would wanna say you would be able to remove the stock blocks and maybe even the drop shackle and be right were you need to be. Reason being is the 4wd springs give more lift from the get go, then the first ones you listed are 3-4 inch lift.
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i wonder what my pinion angle will be tho.
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I'm wondering also. It might be a bit off until the springs "settle in" -- but if they were designed for the original application, and those springs weren't a problem, the conceivably these won't either.

You do have about 2 degrees of adjusment pinion down you can make by going back to stock shackles if necessary.

But I'm really thinking that if the original 1500 springs weren't an issue, a well designed lift spring shouldn't be EITHER.
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One other thing: those Ranger springs listed on Summit are for the older Rangers that had narrower springs. I don't think they'll fit your hangers/shackles properly on your late model Ranger.
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Yea good point, all else fails then you could obtain some shims to put in between the axle and leaf to adjust.
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I wouldnt think so either. This was my original plan to begin with on the chevy springs was to run a lift pack and no blocks. just wanted to try out the stock springs first since they were free
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does anyone think the 3" chevy lift springs will be too much?

with stock chevy 2wd springs, shackle, and stock 2.5" block it was just about perfect. maybe a litte higher would be better.

but since these are 4wd springs, they have another leaf in the pack. which maybe more lift added in.

I cant seem to find any 2wd lift packs for a chevy 1/2 ton so i assume most just used the 4wd springs if they are lifting a 2wd?
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i ordered the procomp ones. it was a good price. hope they work
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^ cool.
i think if you get your traction bars on, it will help a GREAT deal.
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^ cool.
i think if you get your traction bars on, it will help a GREAT deal.

ya my friend at work that is going to help make them said now that he knows what im doing with my truck we better make them STRONG! lol
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ya my friend at work that is going to help make them said now that he knows what im doing with my truck we better make them STRONG! lol

haha ya, i think we all learned this weekend that you can never get parts to strong...and a high lift and winch is also needed.

On that note, i am going to try and make my trailer hitch stonger, The way mine mounts, i am sure it would have riped off if i was pulling.
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Good deal Zach, hope the traction bars work out.
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Cool, I'm sure they will look fine. I saw a truck that looked like your did when it was stock today.

Sonic Blue, Stepside, Extended cab... I almost stopped them and asked to swap trucks...lol. They wouldn't want mine.
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