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I am getting a lift and want to get the best bang for my buck. I really like the ready lift b/c it comes with the alignment stuff for the front. But I am afraid of "straightening" my leaf springs with shackles. What is the downside to this? I don't want to sacrifice ride quality or prematurely wear out my truck. I don't really want blocks due to possible axel issues. So is a PRG spacer and Deaver AAl the answer. If so what will I need to correct the alignment.
 

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our stock leaf springs suck and will flatten with shackles or blocks aal is the best way to go
 

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If your going to spend the money on doing the back right why not do the front right and get better shocks over running a spacer?
I agree. The front suspension needs the most help. Don't make it worst with spacer.
 

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nothing flexes better then a warn out flat leaf.
good point nothing rides on the bumpstops while towing like a worn out flat leaf :laugh:
 

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I would definitely go with the deavers as opposed to getting blocks or shackles, its costs a lil more, but its still fairly inexpensive. And for the front I went ahead and just got spacers, untill I can afford to get coilovers :)
 

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I run all 3... shoulda bought a 10 pack in the 1st place.
 

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yes out of the three AAL's would be the best but the point is that front has very little suspension travel. It would make more since to spend more on the front then the rear.
Spacer are going to reduce your travel in the front. Do to the leverage they place on coil they also weaken the coils just like a block will flatten a leaf spring.
In the rear unless you also get longer shocks you still wouldn't get more flex with whatever you put back there.
So if you are lemted on funds then put all your money to the front suspension and upgrade the rear later.
 

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REally nothing. I am purely going for looks. It is a 2wd cc le and see maybe a bumby dirt road or pulls a boat. so nor real need for off road ability.
 

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If you are going just the for looks then find the cheapest thing out there and put it on.
 

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Do to the leverage they place on coil they also weaken the coils just like a block will flatten a leaf spring.
How does adding a spacer place extra leverage on a coil? All adding a spacer does is lower the shock in relation to the frame. The coil spring is going to compress a certain distance under a constant weight whether there is a spacer there or not.

And how does a block flatten a leaf spring? The only thing I can imagine is due to slightly more axle wrap, there will be slightly more flex in the spring during acceleration but that would be minimal with small blocks. Yes, I understand that longer shackles will flatten a leaf spring because of the greater moment being applied at the shackle which effectively reduces the rate of the spring.
 

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I am thinking I will go with a spacer lift with AAl in the rear. I will call PRG and talk to them. I just have the lift fever and with a small budget.
 

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And how does a block flatten a leaf spring? The only thing I can imagine is due to slightly more axle wrap, there will be slightly more flex in the spring during acceleration but that would be minimal with small blocks. Yes, I understand that longer shackles will flatten a leaf spring because of the greater moment being applied at the shackle which effectively reduces the rate of the spring.
I was wondering the block thing myself. Its not because you are adding something square to the leaf because the axle mount is flat and square. Axle wrap maybe but I have never had an issue with blocks.
 

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The block affects axle wrap, that is what causes the leafs to flatten quicker.

Shackles allow the leaf to flex more and thus flattens it.

The AAL is the best if you are not looking for flex since it gives you more arch, helps stabilize loads and gives you the look you want. Only down side is the install, it is not as easy but not brain surgery.
 

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I am thinking I will go with a spacer lift with AAl in the rear. I will call PRG and talk to them. I just have the lift fever and with a small budget.
You will be happy, er, content with that - I am.
Be aware that the lift bug has bitten you so even tho you got one... you will want more, bigger and better. Just the nature of this mod.
Did you ever decide on tires? 265 or 285's?
 
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