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Best leaf springs and shocks?
« on: Sep 26, 2017, 11:09:59 AM »
I just got my engine done in my truck and now I want it to ride a lot nicer than it does right now. I was hoping for some advice on what are the best leaf spring and shock combinations to install for a great ride on the road? The truck is a 1979 4x4 regular bed.

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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 26, 2017, 11:37:52 AM »
Old Man Emu (OME) is a great place to start.
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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 01, 2017, 11:19:14 AM »
Rears up front but in order to keep the factory steering youll need to drill a new lication for center pins. I LOVE rears up front. They rode better than any aftermarket spring ive had experience with.
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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 02, 2017, 05:02:28 AM »
I run OME on the DD 4runner and alcan's on the wheeler. Either one is a good choice. Never really messed around with different shocks just used bilstins on everything.

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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 02, 2017, 12:04:36 PM »
I run OME on the DD 4runner and alcan's on the wheeler. Either one is a good choice. Never really messed around with different shocks just used bilstins on everything.

I ran Bilstein shocks on my 4Runner when I first had it built.  It only took one trip to Moab to go back to the adjustable Rancho RSX shocks.  I bottomed out the Bilstein shocks constantly when dropping slowly off of ledges, but it's almost never an issue with Rancho RSX shocks with essentially identical dimensions.  The Bilsteins rode great but just didn't handle compression well.  This was with Alcan springs all around.
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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 05, 2017, 01:25:50 PM »
This is a very vague question. are you going to wheel her only ? daily and weekend wheeler or just trying to look good on pavement? OME is a great brand of shocks and springs but will only get you off the ground like 2 to 3 inches. i do not like the idea of putting used springs so i do not like the RUF swap unless you are on a budget then this may be the way to go RUF and Chevy 63 out back. look into Allpro long travel springs that is what i run and they are a great deal even run free shipping every once in a while. now on to shocks, most run bilstien shocks but if you really want to upgrade king or fox is always an option but like i said OME is great for the price.
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Re: Best leaf springs and shocks?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 16, 2017, 06:32:23 PM »
Deaver's of Alcan's!! But make sure you go to the :toilet: before you price them!! :greengrin:
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