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Old 03-29-2007, 08:58 AM
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More leveling questions-Rough Country?

So I'm thinking about this Rough Country kit instead of the Summit one because I realized that I wasn't looking carefully and that the Summit kit is actually an add-a-leaf which I'm thinking is a bad idea because A: I don't want a harsher ride than I already have, and B: My driver's side spring is sagging pretty badly so I dunno how it would end up looking/riding. The Rough Country kit seems like a good deal because I can get it for $350 shipped and it comes with replacement springs, poly bushings, and shocks. I'm not going to bother with upgraded/multiple shocks, a beefier stabilizer, etc...because I don't want to run larger tires, I just want the truck to sit level and have a little more clearance up front.

Now, it seems like my stock brake lines are safe with 2.5" of lift, but what else I do I need to worry about when I install these new springs? What about steering geometry, front driveline angles, etc...? I'm also going to do my ball joints and poly bushings all around while I'm there. Help me figure all this out before I spend $400!
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:03 AM
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I got some of the superlift add a leafs, and they are the same add a leaf that you were looking at. There are several people with those, and it really does not change the ride any. Usually gets about 2-2.5" out of them, and you can save money for other stuff, but that is just what I did. When we did the add a leafs, it really did not change anything up front. Good luck with it though, and this would be a great time to do a write up on it
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I got some of the superlift add a leafs, and they are the same add a leaf that you were looking at.
How bad were your springs though? I bought my truck from a pretty reputable dealer, so I think what happened was that the customer had the springs re-arched before it was traded. When I bought the truck over a month ago it sat nice and high-now my driver's side spring is almost inverted! It sat on the dealer lot for a while so I doubt there was much stress at all on the suspension. After using it as a DD and off roading two or three times I have some serious sag up front. So in short, I guess my biggest concern is will an add-a-leaf even work for me? Or am I better off getting two whole new springs?
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:16 AM
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If you are sagging that much, I would almost look at getting new springs. The ones you are looking at is just a small spring pack that goes under the factory springs...right? I am pretty sure I know the ones you are talking about. But, if you can get new springs up front, I would say that that is the way to go.
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I would look to replace the whole spring pack it your seeing a almost inverted pack... That's a whole lot of weight to hit a pot-hole and not see problems... The add-a-leaf is a great option, but not for you in the condition you just described, I agree totally with Logan...
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The ones you are looking at is just a small spring pack that goes under the factory springs...right?
Right now I'm looking at the Rough Country kit which is two brand new 2.5" lift springs with poly bushings, etc... brrs3663 had suggested the add-a-leafs which I had looked at before, but I was concerned about the condition of my stock springs. I'm definitely going to go with the Rough Country kit now, I was just wondering if there's anything else I need to replace to make it work.

And I btw I'll take the digital camera along so I can do a full writeup with pics on ball joints, leveling your truck, and installing poly bushings.
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The kit should come with everything you need for spring replacement, can't think of anything other than new shocks if the kit doesn't include them...
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OK, if it is full replacement springs, then by all means, go for it. But I have seen some SMALL leaf packs that just go under the factory ones, that is what I thought you were first talking about. Sorry for the confusion.
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OK, if it is full replacement springs, then by all means, go for it. But I have seen some SMALL leaf packs that just go under the factory ones, that is what I thought you were first talking about. Sorry for the confusion.
No problem-I think you're thinking of the Donahue or Donahoe kit? The kit has two new springs, with poly bushings and new shocks.
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:05 AM
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I am not sure which kit it was, but I know it was a small pack that looked like they kinda went in like a block. I just found the one you were talking about for 299.99 on ebay. Looks like that one should work just fine.
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