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Old 08-16-2010, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ericnova72
Yes, just like adding coilovers with the leaf springs or adding air shocks will.

That's why rearching the spring is really the only proper way to do it and maintain the designed ride quality.

If you are drag racing the adding of a second main leaf like suggested will often work well, but you sacrifice ride comfort. It is sometimes also done where only the front half of a second main leaf is added, cut off a couple inches behind the center pin. This stiffens the front half of the spring to control the spring wind-up that results in wheel hop without impacting the ride so much.

Basically with leaf springs the front half of the leaf spring pack locates the axle and transfers the thrust forces into the chassis, the rear half controls the ride quality.
I agree to a point, the extra leaf does stiffen the suspension but not that bad, my GTX does not have an uncomfortable ride at all, but mopars have long leafs, not sure if they are longer than a chevy.

Coilovers or air shocks are much worse for the car though. The upper cross member where the shock bolts to is not intended to support the vehicle and adding either of the above has it doing just that.

you have all the options
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