Went down to a local place that does a bunch of fabrication / fixing of springs for larger trucks and trailers..
Guy takes one look under my truck and says.." have you over loaded your truck?".. which I do admit I probably did 4 or 5 times.. (bottoming out due to the weight.. the fronts on my spring pack is showing negative arch.
Well, guess the shop can "cold-press" rather than use heat to re-arch my existing springs, put in a aal with anti-fraction pads, and redo all my other anti-friction pads (mine are pretty much ripped apart). Would be able to re-arch to give me the 1.5 that I was looking for (and get rid of the block that I got stuck with).
Asked what would be the difference would be between that vs. a new leaf pack, guys says basically nothing.. would save me over $200 to go ahead with this route, get the lift I want, and increase capacity (he says) about 400 lbs..
did learn a bit about the differences between getting height from just throwing in a aal, and arching the springs, and using an aal to support the full leaf..
Should I pull the trigger, or is a full leaf pack still the better option?