Originally Posted by TucTaco520
Very interesting, thanks for the reply.
As far as towing is concerned, I would like to still tow two polaris 700 utility quads maybe once a year. It does it now no problem...I'm worried taking the overload leaf out will not allow for that. Any thoughts?
I always thought adding longer shocks in the rear just preloaded them a little so they wouldn't top out (I'm still very much a noob with suspensions). If I plan to install the 1.5" wheelers AAL, what should I go with shock-wise so I don't kill it when doing some moderate offroading without lifting it even more?
If you're concerned, you can always just leave the overload leaf in place. I bought the Icon
3-leaf AAL and did just that. For everyday driving, the overload leaf is just basically a 1/2" spacer. When you tow or load up, that's when it comes into play and will help out the leaf pack. Wheeler's used to sell an HD version of the 3-leaf AAL that might be a better option if you tow and want to remove the overload.
The removal of the overload leaf is for additional flex off road. Without the overload, you can more easily articulate the rear end which keeps your tires on the ground when going over obstacles. If that's not a concern for you, just keep it in there and you'll gain about 2" of lift instead of 1-1/2 but will be better set up for towing.
Rear shocks do not carry the weight of the truck so longer shocks do nothing for lift. They only dampen the ride. If you go with too long of a shock, and the shock bottoms out before hit the bump stops, the shock will not absorb the impact and it will break. Standard length 5100's will work just fine for a stock leaf pack and the 3-leaf AAL. That's what I ran for years and it was a nice setup.