I tried sifting through the multiple threads on rear suspension and nothing has come close to answering my questions. Most of them cover lifts and getting extra height. I'm pretty well versed on what's going on under the hood and around the vehicle, but when it come to the drive line and suspension, I'm pretty damn ignorant. Here's my scenario.
I was under the truck a few weeks back torquing my loose u-bolts and I noticed the OEM 3-leaf pack was flat. No curve to it at all. I found out the previous owner did a lot of towing with the truck so I guess he wore out the rear suspension. I don't have any odd bouncing or anything of the nature to suggest everything is dead, but I'm guessing it's a matter of time before the flat leafs kill the rear shocks. My plan is to put 5100s all around, reuse the stock springs up front, and set the billies at 1.75. I want to replace the flat rear leafs only I'm not looking for a major lift. I'd like to keep it as close to stock height as I can. Or at least level. No funny car stance. I realize I'll get some lift with a new leaf pack but I'm trying to keep it as level as I can. This is strictly a street vehicle. I don't off road and I don't tow. I haul things from time to time, but that's about the extent of it.
What options do I have available for the rear? I'm guessing a set of all pros or dakars will have too much of a lift in the rear and give me that dragster look I'm trying to avoid. I've read that wheelers makes a 5-leaf set that might be up my alley. I'm just completely clueless about this stuff and I'm open to suggestions. Can any of you suspension gurus give me a hand?