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Old July 10th, 2019, 12:30 PM
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Have you thought about converting to a 4 link suspension and coil overs? The cost of a kit is what will get you though.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 01:03 PM
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Have you thought about converting to a 4 link suspension and coil overs? The cost of a kit is what will get you though.
No... most or less I'm looking for it to behave like a modern 3/4 ton pickup in ride quality, power, handling, braking/steering.

Power, handling, steering, braking I have already completed to modern day. Ride is only thing thats left.

I think pulling leafs out... and then adding a air-lift airbag assist for extra load capacity seems to be the ticket.

To be honest the truck may actually see a sway bar if the ride ever gets soft enough.
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Old July 25th, 2019, 06:18 AM
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Spray your leafs with Fluidfilm. It will keep them from rusting and will improve your ride noticeably.
I marinated mine with Fluidfilm, and the difference in ride was barely perceptible.
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I marinated mine with Fluidfilm, and the difference in ride was barely perceptible.
Probably because your leafs were not rusted solid like most in the North East.
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Old July 25th, 2019, 10:37 AM
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Counting the longest leaf as #1, I removed #3 from the front and #3 and #5 from the rear.

Much improved ride and could still haul heavy loads without noticeable squatting.

I was also running a 6.2 diesel w/ turbo in front of the stock T98 transmission, or about the same weight as a Chevy Bigblock.
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Counting the longest leaf as #1, I removed #3 from the front and #3 and #5 from the rear.

Much improved ride and could still haul heavy loads without noticeable squatting.

I was also running a 6.2 diesel w/ turbo in front of the stock T98 transmission, or about the same weight as a Chevy Bigblock.
how long ago did you do that swap? are the leafs sagging or flattening out at all?
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Probably because your leafs were not rusted solid like most in the North East.
That's an interesting point that I never really thought of.

Mine rides pretty good after restoring it.
But I have NOS springs in the back, and all of the spring eyes/ shackle bolts are free and lubricated well.

And the fresh, new NDT tires are only running 25# of air front and rear.
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Probably because your leafs were not rusted solid like most in the North East.
That was not a stated prerequisite-- the only experiences I can relate are my own.
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