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Leaf springs for w150 #3088624
10/23/22 06:34 PM
10/23/22 06:34 PM
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I need to replace the rear leaf spring hanger on my 85 w150 and I'm considering just changing out all the leaf springs and hardware while I'm at it. Any recommendations? I'm not looking to lift the truck like most of the 4" lift springs that I've seen, maybe just an extra inch for tire clearance. I was considering ats springs, it looks like they're made in america.


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Re: Leaf springs for w150 [Re: 73cuda340] #3091927
11/06/22 05:46 AM
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The ATS looks good to me. I've only bought leaf springs from the local alignment shops that sold suspension parts too.

Re: Leaf springs for w150 [Re: redraptor] #3094950
11/17/22 11:39 AM
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here's my experience based opinion.

relocate the front/rear hangers and get some of the longest springs you can fit under there that give you the spring rate you want in conjunction with the ride height you want. It's possible that could you achieve the lift you want, with no blocks between the spring and the axle, with longer springs than factory and it ride like a modern half ton 4x4 leaf spring truck.

I have 56" two stage, one ton springs under a Ramcharger and the ride is fantastic and leaps and bounds better than stock.

RearHangersSpringsInstalled01.jpg

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Re: Leaf springs for w150 [Re: shanker] #3095252
11/18/22 02:13 PM
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my understanding of springs is, the short side for handling/traction, with the long side for height/ride.
don't forget the shocks in whatever you decide for springs.
beer

Re: Leaf springs for w150 [Re: moparx] #3095981
11/21/22 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by moparx
my understanding of springs is, the short side for handling/traction, with the long side for height/ride.
don't forget the shocks in whatever you decide for springs.
beer


in car's yes that's true, but the trucks have the axle centered, so it's a tad different hence why I like dual rate (or two stage) leaf springs to get the best of both worlds.

You're dead on with shocks too...in order to have a system that's both comfortable and functional, the shock valving has to be engineered to work with the spring rate.


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