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smoother ride while retaining same amount of lift

well as some of you know i have my #1 tbars maxxed out and an AAL in the rear with k springs minus the stock block with rancho rsx5000 shocks
im trying to retain a smooth ride while still having the abillity to tow a trailer without sagging to bad

now dont tell me to let my tbars down because it rode the same b4 i maxed them out and ive seen much worse LCA angles,
i have a long AAL in the rear but idk what brand etc cuz the previous owner put it in but nonethe less it gave like 3 1/2 inches of lift idk how but it did
it has 5 leaves in the pack with the AAL 3rd from the top is this too many leaves or is the AAL installed wrong

here is a pic from b4 taking the stock block out with 1 in tbar crank
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and here it is after taking out the block and maxing out the tbars btw i only got 1 3/4 in out of them could they be worn out?
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btw it still sits an inch higher in the rear
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Dude, I can hardly tell what you are trying to say.
I'm not trying to be a dick, but try to re-structure your sentences or something.
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Holy god.... just um wow...

maybe here a thought ditch the 30" tires...

and yes UNCRANK THE DAMN bars...
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what i mean is how can i get a better ride quality without loosing the AAL(for towing/hauling purposes)
yes 30s are going bye bye and 33s will be coming i think the tbars have sagged beyond use because they are maxed and the LCA are almost flat
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short of running 20lb of pressure in the tires remove the AAL and install bags
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ok but that is a lot more money than i want to spend
is the AAL installed correctly cuz i thought it was supposed to be above the last flat leaf but mine has two leaves under the AAL
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Is it a long AAL or a short one? Dont get 33's if you want a nicer ride. I think your priorities are messed up. You want a smoother ride, but you have maxxed T-bars and an AAL. You are willing to spend money on 33's, but then compaline about the ride.

Something doensnt add up...
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well the truck came with the AAL and yes it is the long one only reason i maxed the tbars is to level it out that didnt work so i removed the stock block in a last chance to level it out
and the main reason i made this thread is after i put 33s on i want the ride to be similar to what it is now seeing as the bigger tires are gonna make the ride rough
so basically it is what it is its a truck deal with it? not much i can do
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bigger tires make it ride better more rubber... and you dont need maxed t-bars and AAL WITH body lift to fit 33's un crank your bars pull the AAL reinstall your rear block and call it a day. the truck can only handle around 6000lb towing you arnt pulling anything that the stock leaf packs cant handle
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no its just i cant stand it when towing a trailer and the rear sags 2-3 inches

and everyone tells me that bigger tires = rough ride so thats not true i was thinkin how in hell that works more rubber = more cushion but what do i know this is my first truck
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ya sure they can ride rough if you run them at 50psi
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It depends what tire you run too. Super Swampers will ride much more rough than BFG MTs will.
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swampers at 6psi are very spongy lol
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so how about bfg ats at like 35psi
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BFG's are a good ride, 35psi is good for towing with those 33's. Id put the rear back to stock let off them t-bars and invest in a set of helper/overload springs to help with the towing. those helpers wont give you anymore lift than stock but they reduce the sagging. just my 2 pennys
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Your tires look tiny!
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and if ur up for selling that AAL hit me up
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yeah get some bigger tires, they look too small for your truck
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TIRES! SHOCKS!
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Yeah those look like they belong on the hot wheels model in my closet. lol. TINY!

Get some new meats... 32 or 33... Uncrank the bar. Take out the AAL and put the block back in and check your shocks.
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I will say, that my truck has NEVER rode better than it has right now. AAL, shackle, block, new #1's cranked but not maxed, superlift fronts, bilsteins 5100's, and 35's with 35psi......and I've owned it for 4+ years.....
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Solution. Get a car if you want a smoother ride.
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i'm running mickey thompson baja claw radials (285/75/16) at 32psi with all stock suspension, and my ride is pretty smooth... if i was you, i would uncrank the bars, and add a little more cushion on those wheels.
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thanks for the advice
yea tires are def way to small i have a deal lined up for some 33 bfg AT

and the shocks are fairly new but i really dont think they are that great of quality anyways
eventually i will get bilstiens 5100 (my dad just put those on his truck and they are the **** they are so smooth)

if i change out the AAL for a short one will the ride be better or close to what it is now?
and oh yea how can i tell if the tbars have sagged to where they need to be replaced? it seems like the camber keeps getting worse and worse like they are sagging more and more but i dont want to spend $$$ on em if they are still good
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