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    lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    I have a stock 85 Suzuki Cultus/Chevy Sprint.
    [[pictured here]] http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/foru...p?f=15&t=16207

    I have never lowered a car that has leaf springs before
    and I'm not sure on what to do.
    Should i flip the leaf springs?
    or put in lowering blocks??

    Have any ideas on what i should or should not do?

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Flip the leaf works but limits the quality of the ride, remove one or a few of the helper leaf, de-ached (mordrop). Blocks are the worst way to lower leaf because it will set the pad where the leaf rest on closer to the ground which maybe or will get snag on road pot holes or bumps.

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Quote Originally Posted by dimsum
    ...remove one or a few of the helper leaf, ...
    this. :tu:

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Rearching the leaf is probably best. Removing a leaf is not a good idea because it reduces load capacity and spring rate. I believe, leaf springs can also have the eyes curled the other way. If you use blocks, cut off excess threads on the U-bolts which are usually universal length.

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    flip the u bolt and spring pad. do not flip the springs just the pad and u bolt and rearch a bit. you could also flip the shackle if its a drop down instead of hinge and make it a hinge style like the 73-87 chevy pickups are stock. i personally hate blocks but then again the only time i play with leaf springs is lifting pickups :wink:

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Goodness gracious, what's happened here!!!

    Lolol.

    Man I took all helper leafs out and flipped the remaining spring in my lowriding days back in the 80's.

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    So this is what im working with


    I cant flip the leaf springs
    and there are no helper leafs to remove.
    any other ideas?
    I think I might just do lowering blocks..

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Go to a spring works, and have the springs reset.

    Have a talk to them about what you want, you will likely be amazed at what they can do.

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    Quote Originally Posted by parrot
    Go to a spring works, and have the springs reset.

    Have a talk to them about what you want, you will likely be amazed at what they can do.
    I think I will try that. thanks.

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    Re: lowering a car that has leaf springs....?

    dont use blocks. Once you put on lower profile tires the perch that holds the leaf will be sooo close to the ground.

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