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how about you use the springs you have and get a beefy set of shocks with helper springs?
That is what I am hoping to do but I am worried that the Corvette spring would be way too stiff...
What do you guys think, the rear of the Suburban is about 300lbs heavier than the rear of an '86 Corvette, how would the ride be? I would be OK with a ride a bit stiff, kind of like a modern German sedan, but I do not want to destroy my kidneys!! My current old springs feel like a pick up truck, too harsh for comfort.

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look into rising rate springs and just use shocks that dampen in one direction instead of dual action. Suspension can be tuned like anything else
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look into rising rate springs and just use shocks that dampen in one direction instead of dual action. Suspension can be tuned like anything else
What is a "rising rate spring"?
Where do I find that?
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the best example and explanation is in the moog catalogue for cargo coils. Basically its a tapered spring that starts out soft in the first part of deflection and stiffens as it is compressed more and thicker part of the spring is called upon to support the weight.
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I was just thinking, in my town, there is a place that actually makes steel leaf springs: they can custom make the rate, the size... Maybe I should go and talk to them to see if they can help me, if they can make me a replacement spring that will give me the correct rate, ride height...
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First I would consider a true independent set up. We have a place here called dendoff springs,they used to be very good at custom spring packs and re/de arcing.They sub out a lot now and buy off shore products,so be aware of that too.
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