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#1 07-18-2012 14:23:24

kev
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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leafs

After moving to 35" tires I had to put on bigger bumpstops in the rear.

I now have less uptravel than I want. the solution it would seem would
be to more lift in the rear.

I have RE 4.5 Leafs now and 1.5" shackles. What do you think I should do?

Lift blocks (hehe yea right)

Bigger leafs (what leafs?)

Bigger shackles (I already have 1.5" though)

Take a spring from another pack and make a bastard pack? (from what?)

Anyone got some old leafs I can steal parts from?

Where is the easiest place to find new center pins etc.

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07-18-2012 14:23:24

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#2 07-18-2012 14:37:18

gekim
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: leafs

I got a set of centering pins from ORW, they're Rancho, but they're the stock size. IIRC RE leafs have a bigger pin then stock. You could take a regular bolt and round it I guess.


I'd like to get some new rear leaves myself. Deavers or Nationals would be nice. But I think I might just get RE 5.5's and spend the rest of the money on beer. :D

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#3 07-18-2012 14:46:57

Kacul
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Re: leafs

I've had good success using Allen head cap screws for center pins

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#4 07-18-2012 14:47:59

kram
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Re: leafs

Use a 3/8" allen bolt for the center pin, much stronger. I know the RE's are like 150 each street price, or you could go to Deavers or nationals.

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07-18-2012 14:47:59

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#5 07-18-2012 14:48:26

keith
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Re: leafs

Don't do anything, you'll be fine.

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#6 07-18-2012 15:08:32

kev
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Re: leafs

Yea yea. Its true I will be fine if I go wheeling every time you do.

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#7 07-18-2012 15:09:12

big
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Re: leafs

National Spring may still have the deal for $500.00.

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#8 07-18-2012 15:10:06

westside
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Re: leafs

That seems to have been squashed with the new owners and the "higher price of steel" and the fact that Deaver has made no move to come close to it.

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#9 07-18-2012 15:10:40

lobster
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Re: leafs

Bigger leafs will make you Jeep taller, your bumpstop will still stop uptravel. Your uptravel will go up however much lift is added.

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#10 07-18-2012 21:55:42

kev
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Re: leafs

I think Keith meant just leave it and spend the money on beer.

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#11 07-18-2012 21:57:29

ragnar
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Re: leafs

ORW has center pins from Rancho.

Better do something to keep your tires from getting cut up by the wheel wells.

At a minimum drop you bump stops for the time being while you decide on the lift. If you lift the back you need to lift the front and make sure the brake lines and shocks are lengthen. But you know that.

Dont do short add a leafs thats a good way of S curving your main leaf.

I do all the bad things - bastard leaves, longer shackles, blocks and have to compensate with a traction bar, but my leaves are hardly arched at rest so I get lots of droop. My up travel is limited by bump stops.

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#12 07-18-2012 21:58:05

kev
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Re: leafs

good tips.

I have ACOS up front so I can dial in a few inches.

The rears now have huge ghetto bump stops but at least Im not rubbing.

Once I get taller leafs I will probably dump my rear 10 inch 5150s and
get some 12 or 14s

Up front I guess I need longer ones too, I shall see.

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#13 07-18-2012 21:58:31

keith
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: leafs

yeah, I have a 4" drop on my bump stops, RE 4.5 leafs, 1.5" shackle, and sad to say 1" steel blocks, and I get some axle wrap. There is a mount for a traction bar Dave put on the 9" that I could use, but it doesn't bother me much going on Home Depot runs. ;)

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#14 07-18-2012 21:59:00

mark
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Re: leafs

I've found the center pins tend to deform and bend. I switched to using a higher grade 3/8x16 socket head cap screw. Nice thing is, they're available at your local hardware store. :)

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#15 07-18-2012 21:59:30

Stein
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Re: leafs

Mark,

What length?

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#16 07-18-2012 21:59:45

keith
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Re: leafs

Cut to fit?

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#17 07-18-2012 22:00:17

mark
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Re: leafs

I think I used 3 or 3.5" long. If you go long, you can always cut them down. Every time I've taken a pack apart with a standard pin, the pin was bent. With the "socket head cap screw" aka allen bolt, the bolt just comes right out and is still straight.

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