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Removing Leaves, how many?

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I have a 58 Chevy PU with Cal Trac traction bars and would like to soften the rear end and lower it if possible. After installing the Traction bars the rear end became VERY stiff. I was wondering how many leaves and what leaves can be removed safely? The truck has a flat bed with very little weight on the rear end.

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When you take out leafs,The truck will be soft on the back end.Plus you will get more axle twist...
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Start with the bottom ones in the pack, they are usually the stiffest. How many will depend on ride and load carrying ability.
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Hey Everyone

I have a 58 Chevy PU with Cal Trac traction bars and would like to soften the rear end and lower it if possible. After installing the Traction bars the rear end became VERY stiff. I was wondering how many leaves and what leaves can be removed safely? The truck has a flat bed with very little weight on the rear end.

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Jordon
How much pre-load did you put on the bars? More pre-load will stiffen the suspension and limit the travel.
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I went from 4 leafs to 2 on my S-10 with no change in ride quality (even thinking of trying just the top leaf). BTW, you'll never get any axle-twist wth Cal-tracs and they work better with a softer spring pack...

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How much pre-load did you put on the bars? More pre-load will stiffen the suspension and limit the travel.
That and if you want to lower it - use blocks.
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