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attkrlufy

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« on: October 24, 2010, 05:45:08 AM »

What the title says. *wink*

For whatever reason the rear leaf springs in Wanda are arced such that the poop-deck of my car is about 1 1/2-2" lower than it should be.  I cannot afford to re-arc them, nor can I afford new ones.  So....

How does one get lift in the rear, cheaply and easily?

Shimming sounds complicated.  I was thinking the easiest way might be to get longer spring hangers.  Aren't there adjustable-length hangers for rear springs?  Or, at least, fixed-length hangers that provide some lift?


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 06:22:24 AM »

Load Leveler shocks, Air Shocks are about the only way
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 08:42:35 AM »


Quote from: POLARACO
Load Leveler shocks, Air Shocks are about the only way
I used Monroe air shocks in The Nyb.  Not an ideal situation because no matter what you do to make sure all the fittings are completely air tight, the shocks still leak down.  Plus, to raise the azz significantly, the shocks become increasingly rock hard.  But like you say....

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010, 09:56:27 AM »

"needs some lift in the rear" ... So does my wife!



I used Monroe Air Shocks for when I pulled our horse trailer with our
'77 Gran Fury, and they DIDN'T leak down, no matter how long, even
after using them for almost 10 years...but they DID ride as hard as
hell when they were pumped all the way up. You can vary the air
pressure though.







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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010, 10:14:33 AM »

Seriously?  You can pump them up to, let's say, 60 psi and a month later it will still be 60 psi ?




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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 10:23:25 AM »

I don't know about a month, but I would leave air in it sometimes after
trailering and  not use the car for a couple weeks and it would
still be rock hard... I didn't measure the air pressure, but I never
noticed any reduction in rear ride height no matter how long I left
it.  Sometimes I jacked it up for fun, just for a little of that
redneck look, that Fury looked mean with it's butt up in the air an
extra 5"! 

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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 10:44:22 AM »

I can't go 2 weeks w/o a refill. 

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 12:37:41 PM »

That's the thing - when I bought Wanda she already had air shocks on her.  They were shot to heck and useless.  I replaced them - and removed all the tubing - with regular KYBs.  I really don't want to go the "air shock" route again.  I just don't trust 'em to be a dependable, viable option.

So longer hangers won't work?


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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 01:55:29 PM »

I used coil over spring with a Muffler clamp on the top and bottom over the shock. Been like that for 13 years..

I'm gonna change it next year to some new springs.


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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2010, 01:27:28 AM »

Longer spring shackles should be available at your local parts store.  Check the bolt size that you need.  There's a limit to how much they will help, but probably will get you that 1 or 2" you need.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2010, 03:47:09 AM »



Quote from: attkrlufy
So longer hangers won't work?

Do NOT do it.
Commando12010-10-25 08:47:26

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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2010, 07:42:55 AM »

Change one leaf to a heavier truck leaf. They are thicker, have better lift, does the job. Mopars have always been known for leaf springs going weak, I have done about a dozen upgrades like this on the cheap.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2010, 08:11:21 PM »



Quote from: dana44
Change one leaf to a heavier truck leaf. They are thicker, have better lift, does the job. Mopars have always been known for leaf springs going weak, I have done about a dozen upgrades like this on the cheap.
Which leaf works best to get that proper "arc" back if they have gone flat?  The top-most or bottom-most leaf?  Oh, and what's something like that usually run you in $$?
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2010, 07:08:46 PM »

Go out to the salvage yard and find a half ton truck, find leaves that are the same width as your leaves (somewhere between 2.5 and 3.0inches wide).  You want to keep the leaf with the bushings in it for your vehicle, and two or three of the longer leaves will be sufficient, kind of match up the length of yours to the ones on the truck set so they look more stock. I


To do the actual transplant, a large C clamp is needed and the old jack and jack stands. Remove the rear tires after she is jacked up and standed, undo the U bolts ( you can actually do one side at a time), jack the rear end up enough that the leaves are hanging free with about 4-5 inches of rear end clearance (need work space), C clamp where the center bolt is, undo the bolt, undo the C clamp gently, replace leaves, use a very long bolt to help line them all up when reclamping with the C clamp for ease, remove the long bolt, replace with the actual guide bolt, reinstall. There are some leaf clamps that may need removed and reinstalled, but that is peripherals, takes about 9 minutes each side plus any cleaning/greasing you may need to do.
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 04:05:18 AM »

Dom, there's a yard between you and me that has a ton of older 1/2 and
3/4 ton Mopar pickups, PM me or better yet call for more info. Yard
weather here is running out fast!

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