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Old 04-23-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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DIY Add-a-leaf

So I decided to make my own add a leafs out of 3/8" thick 60" leaf spring blank. 1/4" thick blank springs are available to. Considering I tow alot and have a truck camper, I picked the heavier duty version.(3/8")
You can get leaf blanks at many spring shops...I paid $47 for one leaf and got the add a leafs out of it.
So get you spring and cut it to size. I picked 28".


You will have to drill holes in the new add a leafs you cut. Be warned it's hardened steel, not your average bit will drill through it.Cobalt bits are a must!
Before measurement at hitch

Jack up truck and place jacks under the frame, remove tires,loosen u bolts while supporting the axle with a jack.
I didn't even take off shocks or u bolts!
Don't mind the paint...it's the only color I had haha.



After measurement gained 3"

Rear end is high hopefully it settles down!

This is the reason I did this
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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Cool mod, looks good and seems to sit even. How much lift do u have in the front?
Love that color truck!
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Thanks! I got the 5100's on the highest setting in the front as well as a 3" body lift.
The back has 1.5" blocks and brand new dorman leaf springs with my add a leaf.
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Also has toyota t100 rear shocks which are much longer then stockers
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:25 AM   #5
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Added a 3/8" spacer to the center.support bearing
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hows it sit now with the camper shell on it?
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Haven't tried it yet but it doesn't ride as bad as I had expected
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