My 97's leaf packs are worn, no doubt, but dont yet have a negative arch, more of a flat arch, and with Rancho 5000 rear shocks the truck is really harsh in the rear.
I want to do 2'' OME lift in front and 1.5'' in the rear (with OME shocks all around). I know the best option would be to do a whole new leaf pack (wheelers 5 pack) but that is quite expensive ($459) compared to the Icon 1.5'' 3 leaf AAL ($180).
I emailed DSM, and they said that the Icon AAL would work well on my truck (explained the sagging), and they have a great repuatation, and know their shit.
Is it because they are progressive springs that it would ride better than a normal AAL? Or will it ride like shit? I also am concerned that putting the AAL on the worn leafs that it will just lead to needing a new leaf pack anyways...but because the Icon 3 pack AAL includes a long leaf and wont allow the AAL to sag? I know a new whole new pack would ride better, but will it be worth $500...thats really steep.
Also, DSM says 881 coils would be too stiff for my truck for a 2'' lift and only a tube bumper (planning to add a tube bumper also). They recommended 880 coils...wont they be too short to acheive 2'' of lift? And dont both the 880 and 881's have a 500# spring rate?
Wheelers O/R recommended an 881 coil for 2'' of lift.
I'll get pictures of my leafs tomorrow for reference.