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rear end lift question...(clearance Q)

ok so i started to pull my rear axle to day since i got an expo one to go it...i also got hte expo leafs which to my under standing give me about 1-2 inches of lift...well i got to looking around and with my axle at full drop, my drive shaft can only go down about another 1/3 of an inch before it hits on the gas tank crossover....wtf? does every body have this problem? what do i have to do about it? is the rear end not gona lower that much with the new springs...are the new springs only let it drop this muck but just be stiffer so it sits higher? what about if i got shackles? that would make every thing go lower...then my drive shaft would defiantly hit. also i noticed that the passenger side hung lower? is that normal? thanks
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bump...wanna know what i need to do by tomorrow so i can hopefully get it in the truck...
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Lol mine rubs the crossmember pretty bad. I don't care though, I just keep an eye on it. It rubs the gas tank too when flexed out one way or another.
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hmm....I don't have any of these issues and neither does Cory who's got an insane amount of rear lift(like 15 or something).

You got a two piece rear shaft on that thing?
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I have the factory block, AAL, drop shackles, and superlift shocks and mine rubs. It was worse with the 3" blocks I had in there. I have an aluminum dshaft too. idk iff all the newer truck do or what.
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hmm....I don't have any of these issues and neither does Cory who's got an insane amount of rear lift(like 15 or something).

You got a two piece rear shaft on that thing?
hey, shane! the reason cory's shaft doesn't rub is cause he cut it off! its completely gone! no more!

haha im referring to the x member... its totally gone!
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^^You know....mines steel and so was Cory's. The alum is huge diameter front to rear, the full length. The steel changes diameters throughout the length and I think overall, the steel is a smaller diameter than alum.

Honestly, I don't see why it wouldn't work. Cory's was 5" chevy leaves(aka 7" taller lift on ranger), shackles, stock block. It was doing just fine until it came time to droop the axle out.....shaft slipped apart but otherwise didn't rub anything.

Best pics I got....current set up is stock 2.5" block, 6400 shackles, and AAL.

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hey, shane! the reason cory's shaft doesn't rub is cause he cut it off! its completely gone! no more!

haha im referring to the x member... its totally gone!


I'm referring to BEFORE any torching was done or cutting!! When he and I pulled an all nighter lifting the *** end.
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and the overload spring is out of the leaf pack, the shackles are moved up, and the stock block is gone after he lowered it.
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i have a one piece steel DS...and ya mine rubs on the gas tank skid all the time...that cross member seems a littler more harsh tho....shane i u lift ur truck up with a lift or jack the back all the way up with a floor jack until ur tires are off the ground does ur DS hit then? idk it seems like im gonna have to cut a spot out of that cross member to get it to clear...every time the *** end get off the ground when i going over woops it is going to hit that and mess stuff up...it seems like it could even tear the tcase out or brake somthing cause it has a lot of leverage right there.
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so is it just not a big deal that it hits? is it something i need to worry about?
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don't worry about it tearing your t-case, it will be fine!



your drive shaft will bend long before that happens
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Are you asking me to jack my truck up, *** end at full droop, snap pics of clearences?
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yes i am...lol....but ya i i jack mine up the drive shaft hits...and if i disconnect it the rear end has about another 4 inches of down travel...im thinking that cross member is about to get changed.
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when mines hangin on the hoist with the aluminum driveshaft theres about 1/4" clearance...i was wondering how the SL guys do it too
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i wonder why mine hits so bad..i dont think it did it before with the 7.5 and ranger springs but with the new set up its bad...and i have a steel DS....i also havent mounted my shocks yet...but they arent supposed to limit down travel are they?...wouldnt that *** the shock up if it did?
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the shocks limit down dravel on the front and rear of our trucks
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I've heard about this before. I'm glad I never get any d-shaft rub, even with tons of lift and all flexed out.
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o...i thought it was only the front that did that...do they make the shocks different for that or is it not bad for them at all...ive heard that that is on of the main causes of shock failure...
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I've heard about this before. I'm glad I never get any d-shaft rub, even with tons of lift and all flexed out.
probably cause ur single cab...
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this happens on all supercabs? fvck... also, flexing won't cause any more axle droop, the center of your axle will be roughly the same , because when one tire compresses it's spring (squat) and the other droops, the axle will be at the average of the 2's distance point, this should be roughly the same as stock, when driving slowly, the rear axle will droop most when driving faster over bumps, as the truck wants the axle to get to the lowest point, so it can absorb the shock of the body dropping off the bump, before the body bottoms out
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Are you asking me to jack my truck up, *** end at full droop, snap pics of clearences?

so...any update?
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I jacked up the rear end to full droop the other day and I didn't have a problem. No pictures though.
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