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Old 01-29-2012, 05:41 AM
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Suspension for offroad

So I will be working on a 78 F150 making it offroad ready
it has a 3 in body lift on it already, but I want to add 4 in to the suspension and all the lift kits I find have the add a leaf for the rear.
my question, is the add a leaf the way to go for the rear or should I go coils all the way around and make a 3 member and bracket?
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:06 AM
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I guess it depends on what you are trying to do. For my old truck, I used Rancho 3" coils up front, which are a little stiffer than stock. In the rear, I used 2wd F250 leaves with an additional leaf from my parts truck, and then made drop brackets to eliminate the factory (and Rancho) block.

If I had it do do over, I would buy deaver coils and run 2500 chevy 63" leaves with a shackle flip. The rancho coils were too stiff, didn't flex and the rear was a lot of work, comparatively speaking. Most of my flex was from the frame, not the suspension.

Old truck: 74 F250 Converted 4WD sold
Some other 4 wheeled vehicles also reside in the driveway
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