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Removing leaf springs

I just had a question about removing a leaf from my leaf pack, I want to lower my truck, and have an AAL in the rear, so I know i could just take that out to go down the 1.5" that it gave me, but my leafs were shot before and riding on the overload spring, so I dont want to remove the AAL. Which other spring could I remove to give me the same amount of drop? or would it matter which leaf I took out? thanks!
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just flip the shackles that should lower the truck a lil bit for ya.
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already flipped 'em, want to remove a leaf and flip my keys now.
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How are the leafs shot on an 08'?
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beats the hell out of me, but they were after a year, were actually bent over the overload spring with an empty bed. they were sh*t. but Ford wouldn't replace them.
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Weird, did you buy your truck new?
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sure did, got it in aug of 07. It saw a LOT of warranty work the first year and a bit i had it
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my springs are shot as well

the springs were not manufactured to handle lift blocks

( this was told to me by supervisor of the heavy duty spring shop ) they do heavy trucks

lift blocks only compound axle wrap damage, ford would not do mine either

so i am waiting for the bushings to install my explorer leaves
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I think sometime down the road I'm going to do an expo axle swap...but leave it spring-under and replace my leaf pack when I do that. but that'll be when I can get coil-overs in the front. and ditch these damn t-bars
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andrew

take the explorer springs packs up to delta spring in BRESLAU , ont

that is where i had mine re-done

they redo them to handle lift blocks

they can also remove the crappy rubber bushing / sleeves for you

i am just waiting for the poly urethane bushings to arrive , so i can install mine
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well I won`t need to worry about them handling lift blocks :P the polyurethane bushings may be nice tho.
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really solidify`s the rear suspension , no more of the rear end slopping around

the bushings force the leaf springs to do what they are built to do ABSORB ROAD SHOCK

they made a big difference on my old jeep cj7

when the explorer leafs are installed , i will be installing the monroe gas magnums
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sure did, got it in aug of 07. It saw a LOT of warranty work the first year and a bit i had it
Lemon Law anyone?

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i am just waiting for the poly urethane bushings to arrive , so i can install mine
Where did you get those bushings from? I have some expo leafs I want to install and I should prolly ditch the rubber ones.
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Lemon Law anyone?
If I knew about it at the time, I would have done something, I had my ABS system done at least 4 times.
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kevin they are from prothane

the kit #`s are 6-2022 and 6-213

these are the leaf and shackle polyurethane bushings

when the bushings are in and the leaf springs and shackles are installed , the mounting bolts are to be tightened down while the truck is in the air

why! because there are sleeves you hammer inside the bushings and leaf and shackle eyes pivot around the bushings.

the sleeves are meant for the factory bolts,

you will need a hydraulic press to push the old rubber bushings out
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