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1999 Leaf spring sag

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1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by krsowles » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:57 am

I looked at my 1999 AWD the other day and noticed my leaf springs are "frowning" not "smiling". Should I also be "frowning"? Kelly
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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:24 am

That's pretty typical for vans with steel leafs up to 2002. They must have changed the spring rates in 2003 because they tend to sit higher. I know my 2005 sits at least 1-2 inches higher than my 98 did. The 98 rested on the bumpstops where my 05 barely hits them at all.
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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by krsowles » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:28 am

Thanks greatly. I'm gonna smile!
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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:30 am

Perfect! :muhaha:
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

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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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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by astroturf » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:28 pm

Throw some Timbrens back there and your van will smile too.

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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by krsowles » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:21 am

My wife isn't going to smile but I think it may be time to lift it! After Marktanium's posts, why not! I have the front lift, just need to order back springs and appropriate hardware! My birthday is in a couple weeks. Happy birthday to me!
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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by astroturf » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Now yer talkin... Er um I mean smiling !!!

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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by gjlastro » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:10 am

I replaced my stock springs with 1700# springs from General Spring and I am very happy with them. No more bouncing and bottoming out and it rides great full or empty. It was easy to do, just make sure you don't get the springs mounting the wrong way. They are not symmetric. The new springs were thicker and not bowed as much. You will have to add a spacer between the axle mount and the bracket. Ride height was increased, but I just increased the torsion bars in front to compensate. The rear looks a little higher here, but it has settled nicely. Big improvement Highly recommend. Hope this is helpful.
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Re: 1999 Leaf spring sag

Post by doyoulikeithere » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:10 pm

300 bux.
That is about the average price for a set of new leafs.
I ordered new S10 leafs and got about a 4" lift.
Made locally, Twas about 300 bux.
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