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My '95 has a Pro Comp 4" lift kit on it, with a steel angle shim on the rear diff, and a leaf spring added. The truck sits about 1/2" lower in the rear than in the front, which I can't stand. Is there any affordable way to raise the rear about an inch, or even 1&1/2 "?
I checked with one of the local 4x4 specialist places, and they said adding another leaf will cause the ride to be so hella stiff it will be unbearable; they say I can't remove the shim, because the vibration resulting from the improper angle of the rear diff will also result in a ride that will shake the truck apart; I don't want blocks; and finally, having the leaves re-arched runs about $100.00 per leaf!

Any ideas?
 

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You could try the shackle flip w/stock springs, but thats supposed to get you 5-6 inches in the rear...I think the shackle flip useing the sky-manufactouing brackets get you a little less and might be what your looking for. There was a group buy going on for those and there was a lot of info in the thread about them.......take care---Fog
 
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This you could do yourself if you have a jack and stands etc. and can use someones cut off saw or cut off blade in a 4" grinder. Any wrecking yard will have springs. They are right, add another full length thick spring and you get much stiffer springsI used f150 springs that are 5/16" thick and the same width 3". Bronco springs are thicker and the main overload spring is thickest. I found a couple of spring packs that where already busted open and took what I wanted.
Cut them down to size keeping the center bolt hole in the center. I used three leafs. I started by making one a little shorter than the first or bottom leaf on my existing spring pack. I cut the next a little shorter than the first and so on. No worry about the wrap arounds that hold the main leaves together. The ones you cut should be shorter than where the mains are wrapped. Cut em off square and then make the angle/taper cuts on the ends. Those angle cuts make the spring rate more progressive. You need to take the center bolt out of the pack and replace it with a longer one, grade 5 or better. Grind the head round as it is the pin that helps hold and align the spring pack. You may need longer U-bolts thus be able to buy a longer center pin too. Add your new leaves under the stack and bolt through from bottom up. It will add only a little more spring lift but will definitely lift it whatever thickness the springs are. If they are too stiff now, the first leaf you cut might be the add a leaf. Tune em by cutting it down.
If you go lots higher you may have to add another wedge to keep the driveshaft in line with the pinion or you will have trouble. I found a wedge at my local 4X shop that had a little more angle 4*'s verses the 2.5* ones I had. I made sure the center pin/bolt was long enough to go through the alignment wedge too. The wedges are solidly bolted with/too the spring pack.
I used the teflon spacer friction reducer thingies found toward the end of the leafs. That required drilling the ends of the springs. Not easy to drill that hard spring steel. Took a new higher dollar bit, lots of cutting oil and patience. If you gow to fast it will dull the bit heat up and you may never get through. Cutting oil is a must. I do believe you could run the bottom few leaves without the thingies. Now quit wining and fix that thing!

:cry Just kidding! A little labor, a little time that's all. Look at my avatar. She don't sit like that no more. I gave her a little attitude so she sits right when loaded. Hey like this! The pic would have saved me the 1000 word essay above. There are only two leaves added in this pic I added a third later to get it just right. I think I spent about $50 (bit, leaves, cutting wheels, bolts & cutting oil)
 

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you didnt say if the lift was brand new, if it is the coils sould sag about an inch, in 6 or so month depending how much you 4x it. - mike
 

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You can do a shackle flip using the stock brackets, you while need to swap sides if i remember correctly from when I did this to mine. You gain just a couple of inches of lift:cool: I while check and see if I have a picture to post
 

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You can do a shackle flip using the stock brackets, you while need to swap sides if i remember correctly from when I did this to mine. You gain just a couple of inches of lift:cool: I while check and see if I have a picture to post

Yes, please do. That sounds as if it might be the simplest solution. Thanks to everyone here for the advice. Lots of good info here.
 

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Zippy, could you explain exactly what a shackle flip entails, or post a pic? I don't see how you could "flip" them to create lift. Are you talking about moving the rear shackles forward on the frame?

Yeah, I know I'm ignorant on the matter.
 

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I will try and gate some pictures taken tomorrow as it is to dark right now under my truck and try to have them posted here by the weekend.The way you gain some lift is it changes the way the shackle hangs, so instead of the leaf being above the shackle in stock form it is placed under the shackle when you flip it. Hope this helps and I will try to get the pictures up here befor the weekend.
 

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Did a search and read a lot. From what other members posted here, a stock shackle flip and the sky shackles will give 4-5" of lift, way more than I want.

Zippy, you say the stock flip only gave you about 2"? :shrug
 

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Iam not sure exactly how much but when I did it a gained a only a couple of inches. I did this because the back was just below level when empty and I wanted the ride to be level after the truck was loaded. I took pictures today with my friends camera and am waiting for him to down load them and email it. I am now looking at doing something different for my rear as the leafs I had made ar just a bit to hard and do not flex as well as I would like. My two options that I am looking at right now are either the F250 shackle mounts or a 2" block after I remove two leafs out of my 8-pack leaf spring:D .I may have the picture uploaded before the weekend but may not as I am try to get ready for camping :beer .If I do not they will be up early next week.
 

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Okay, I'll be watching for them.


Yikes. You like camping in the cold, eh?
 
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