Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

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Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

Post by speed_is_addictive » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:38 am

Hey all, just joined the forum have been doing some readin on doing a solid axle front swap and upgrading my rear as well. Now I plan on going with Danas and doing a lift at the same time.

What leaf springs should I be using front and rear ?

I am trying to accomplish approx a 4 - 6 inch suspension lift through all this. Any info regarding exactly what springs you all have used or what I should be using would be greatly apprceiacted.

If I find the answer elsewhere on the board ill let ya all know.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

Post by Smiliesafari » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:46 am

Welcome Speed. You're at the right place. There's lots of info here and a bunch of great people. \:D/
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Re: Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:08 am

See the stickied post at the top of the AWD/4x4 page. :yawinkle:
Current rides:
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2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
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1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
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Re: Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

Post by speed_is_addictive » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:12 am

LiftedAWDAstro wrote:See the stickied post at the top of the AWD/4x4 page. :yawinkle:

I read that entire post and unless im just not understanding it didn't seem to say really any specifics on what springs you used...

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Re: Solid axle and rear axle upgrade what leaf springs should ?

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:10 am

The springs were stock Astro leafs with 2 added leafs out back. I did have the main leaf re-arched for an inch or so. The fronts were stock Jeep YJ's with a combination of 2 mains on each side plus a combination of the rest for proper lift. The front ones were thin and flexed awesome! The rears were thick leafs and hardly flexed at all. :muhaha:
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2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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