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On my 96 my rear end is sagging and i wanted some input on whether I should go with completely replacing the rear leaf springs completely or should i just do the add-a-leaf option, also i know i will need to replace the bushings should i go with urethane or stick with stock rubber
 

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On my 96 my rear end is sagging and i wanted some input on whether I should go with completely replacing the rear leaf springs completely or should i just do the add-a-leaf option, also i know i will need to replace the bushings should i go with urethane or stick with stock rubber
Moontraveler

I'm running 3/4 ton springs (new in 99)

with Velvet Ride shackles and air shocks to boot. I run urethane sawy bar bushings front and back as well as in the radius arms too, but didn't know wbout them when I did the leafs.

I run add a leafs on my RWD Mopar cars, but sprund for the big bucks and replaced mine on the Bronco. I had to because I busted the original spring bundles clean in half !

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You could also just have your leafs re-arced and put in an AAL while you're at it. Fixed me right up when I did it a few years back.
 

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First off whats an AAL and second of all where do i get this velvet ride stuff?
 

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Old thread, but it fits the bill

I just installed a 6" Superlift with rear blocks on my 83 Bronco. The rear sits quite a bit lower than the front, which I think is from sag in my leaf springs. I put 38.5" super swampers and it's the rear that rubs, not the front. This is only a temporary set up because I'm going to cut and put fender flares on and maybe a 3" bodylift. Anyway, the rear end being so much lower is really bothering me. I know the options: add-a-leaf, new springs, re-arched springs. I'm only going to be occasionally crawling around in hills, nothing hardcore, and I want to know what you guys think is the best option. I need about 2 more inches of lift and money is always a factor.
 

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On my 96 my rear end is sagging and i wanted some input on whether I should go with completely replacing the rear leaf springs completely or should i just do the add-a-leaf option, also i know i will need to replace the bushings should i go with urethane or stick with stock rubber
dont try and hide youre problem with a aal
replace or repair the leaves and then if you choose to after that install aals:thumbup
 

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First off whats an AAL and second of all where do i get this velvet ride stuff?
Velvet Ride shackles

are for pickups that run empty over rough roads all the time. They are articulated and help cushion the ride, give a bit more control over buckboard roads and really take the harshness out of heavy duty springs.

I realized they were cheaper than new Ford shackles so I gave em' a try and I'm glad I did.

Realize they are for pu$$ies so expect razzing from the real off-roaders:toothless

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Okay, so I've decided the best route is to get new leaf springs for the rear, but now what kind and size of lift spring should I get? Bronco Graveyard has 4" Bronco Superflex Leafs and also some 6" springs (which look like they have an aal). I know 6" block lift kits come with a 4" block to account for the higher front, but if I'm buying new springs would I also get a 4" lift spring to level out my 6" Superlift? or would the 6" spring bring my Bronco level?
 

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Okay, so I've decided the best route is to get new leaf springs for the rear, but now what kind and size of lift spring should I get? Bronco Graveyard has 4" Bronco Superflex Leafs and also some 6" springs (which look like they have an aal). I know 6" block lift kits come with a 4" block to account for the higher front, but if I'm buying new springs would I also get a 4" lift spring to level out my 6" Superlift? or would the 6" spring bring my Bronco level?
I do believe you need the 4". But I'd wait till one of the guys who has that 6" setup chimes in.
 

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I have a 6 in. superlift and from personal experience, if you want a 4 inch lift get the 6 inch rear springs. If you want a 6 inch lift get the 8 inch leafs. When I lifted mine the rear sat about 2 inches shorter in the rear (enough to look like a prerunner), so I put a 3 inch block and it sits a little ass high but I like it. Just my 2 cents
 

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I've heard that re arched springs quickly settle back to stock
i've heard they often settle unevenly too
and that most places do them with a hammer but they settle a lot faster than the ones done with the arching equipment, at work we get springs rearched but we do it to lower trucks so the springback problem is not evident
 

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My springs were sagging also so I added 2.5" AAL and it went nicely with my 2.5" lift.
 

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I've been looking at Summit Racing and I can't believe the rear leafs are that expensive. Maybe I'm just naive. I've considering the Skyjacker Softride 6" Lift Leaf Springs for a crazy $272 apiece plus shipping. There is also the Pro Comp Lifted Leaf Springs item #EXP-23411 for only $166.00 apiece. Any idea on why the Pro Comp is so much cheaper? Are they any good? The Skyjacker leaf says it a 6"-8" lift. That's a big difference. I don't want the back end sticking up an inch or two higher than the front. Anyone run either of these springs? Facts and/or opinions on them would be great. I've want to order some this month and I need some information. Thanks!!
 

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I have a 6 in. superlift and from personal experience, if you want a 4 inch lift get the 6 inch rear springs. If you want a 6 inch lift get the 8 inch leafs. When I lifted mine the rear sat about 2 inches shorter in the rear (enough to look like a prerunner), so I put a 3 inch block and it sits a little ass high but I like it. Just my 2 cents
Did you use the stock block when you installed the lift springs?

I guess it also depends on how you want it to sit. The setups you listed I am almost sure would sit rear high, like most people like. I on the other hand want mine to sit level. That being said, when I do my 4 inch lift, I may go with 2.5 in rear leaves in the rear to achieve that leveled look.
 

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I ordered some Procomp rear leafs. This spring gives a 4"-6" lift. When asked why the 2" difference, Procomp said it was dependant on the application. On a truck the springs would probably give you 6", but on a Bronco, being heavier in the back, probably closer to 4". I got them from www.4wheelingplus.com. $400 for new springs and u-bolts, shipped to my door. Anyone looking for parts should check out this website. Ron, the owner, has great prices and will beat or match most prices. Tell him bronco-in-training sent ya.
 

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You could also just have your leafs re-arced and put in an AAL while you're at it. Fixed me right up when I did it a few years back.
I already have the AAL but I would be interested in how and where to get my leafs re-arced? since even with the 2 AAL for a 4" lift the leaf springs are still close to flat and i need about 2 inches in the rear to be level.
 
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