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Old 07-13-2005, 11:15 AM
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My lowered 92 Chev 1500 rides too low.

My truck rides too low. This is usually a good thing for us hot rodders, but in this case the rear axle is bottoming out. I have a set of load leveler air bags mounted between the top of the spring and the frame above. I would like the rear resting about 1 inch higher without the use of the load levelers. The leaf springs have 4 leafs per spring. I am curious to know if a stock set of springs has 5 leafs. I have noticed the channel spring clamps at the extreme ends of the spring have a gap between the top leaf and the horizontal tabs at the top of the clamps. Is that an OEM assembly? If so, why the gap?

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I think your best bet is to have the springs re-arched at a spring shop..Yup that will bring it up a bit and will restore some of the rde so it does nto bottom so hard..

Without a picture it is kinda hard to know just what that gap is..Sometimes on OEM springs on trucks a provision is made for overloads in that the spring is made so the main leaves support the truck in normal driving and when a load is placed in the bed the truck settles onto the secondary leaves to support the increased load..when the truck is empty there is a bit of a gap between the primary leaves and the secondary leaves..

That may be what you have there..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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how was the truck lowered?
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how was the truck lowered?
That was my question also. Mine is dropped and if I hit a hard enough spot in the road (ie; speed bump, etc. ) it will bottom out kind of hard. Mine was lowered with shackles, but the bed flange was notched also. If you could post a pic of what you have with a small explanation as to how it was done it would help immensly.

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