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#553156 - April 01st 2012 9:39 pm Rear Leaf Springs
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Registered: November 18th 2008 11:19 pm
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Loc: Indiana (chicago)
I noticed one of my rear leaf springs was cracked so i figure i need to replace it. Do i need to buy a whole setup or can i buy just a leaf? Should i just replace everything on both sides? Why can't i find leaf springs for the vans anywhere? Where do i find the parts? I tow alot, if i switched my leafs for 1 ton leafs, would my ride height be the same or would it increase the height at the rear end. I have a 1998 b1500 connversion van.

Thanks in advance.
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#553185 - April 02nd 2012 3:06 am Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: March 26th 2007 8:05 pm
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Loc: Dundee, Michigan
I'd try giving ESPO Spring's 'n Things a call on that.

http://www.springsnthings.com/

email at info@springsnthings.com or call at 800-903-9019

I bought new leaf springs for my van from them, and even upgraded a level in carrying capacity too. The leaf springs come with the rubber bushings already installed.

It's probably best to perform the same work on both sides to avoid having one side ride higher than the other. You might also want to replace the rear shackles while you're at it; their bushings fail with some frequency.

Height may well go up a little, though your van's pretty new relatively speaking. My '81 B250 van was a real taildragger when I bought it. There is some strong evidence on the rear bumper that the previous owner towed something, though I'm not sure what.

When I installed my new leaf springs the normal ride height was restored... now the van won't fit through my garage door with my venturi vent and Odyssey wing installed! It would still clear if I hadn't installed either of them, or if I were to let all the air out of the tires and ride in on rims. It's about 4" too tall. I'm planning to have the garage door opening increased when funding allows...


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#553190 - April 02nd 2012 5:52 am Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Have to raise the garage door !!! Dennis from Van Clan had that issue when he put a raised roof on his van...His garage had a false panel above tthe door so it was a simple matter of removing that panel, lifting the tracks , extending them and a new garage door solved the issue cheaply..

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#553195 - April 02nd 2012 6:22 am Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: August 20th 2008 10:14 pm
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I added 2 leafs to mine because they started flating out because of the weight
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#553242 - April 02nd 2012 10:06 am Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: November 18th 2008 11:19 pm
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Loc: Indiana (chicago)
I was just thinking of going with 1 ton springs, but am a little worried that my tail end will look jacked up in a tacky 1983 kinda way. an inch or two up is fine, but any more and i will look bad on the road.
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#553267 - April 02nd 2012 12:10 pm Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: July 08th 2008 11:49 am
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Loc: New Jersey
I know we are talking GMC and Dodge here, but a spring is a spring grin
I had the same issue with the rear end sagging. I found a local shop that specializes in leaf springs do the job. On their suggestion I had them replace the original 2500 springs with a new set of 3500 springs. It did raise the rear up about 4" But that's the look I was going for. I think the cost was about $230 and they were done in a few hours. Here is a pic with the new ride height.







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#553270 - April 02nd 2012 12:13 pm Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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That stance looks good Charlie
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#553298 - April 02nd 2012 1:17 pm Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: November 18th 2008 11:19 pm
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Loc: Indiana (chicago)
agreed-it does look good.
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#553307 - April 02nd 2012 2:30 pm Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: July 08th 2008 11:49 am
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Loc: New Jersey
Thanks guys. So thinking along those lines, if you went with just a (3/4 ton I'm guessing) replacement spring. It would probably get you back to level. Whereas if you stepped up to 1 ton springs they would raise the rear a few inches. If it was my van I would go with the latter. Especially if your going to be loading up with all your vannin' supplies. Or plan on towing a trailer at some point. You could also try searching for a local spring shop. Just Google 'leaf spring repair' along with your zip code or state. When you find a place, ask them how much difference in the cost if you do the removal and installation yourself. Be sure to let us know how you make out, and good luck!
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#553493 - April 03rd 2012 4:56 am Re: Rear Leaf Springs [Re: UTAH]
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Registered: September 14th 2009 8:07 pm
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Loc: Oregon, USA
You could also, if you find a somewhat local or even non-local manufacturer of leaf springs, ask them to make a set with an inch or so taken out of the arch. This would give the increased load capacity but not raise the rear as much. Just an idea! smile I had 2" taken out of the arch of the 3/4 ton leafs I put in my 1/2 ton van, but I've lowered the front as well. smile Good luck!
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