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ATS Leaf Springs - Standard, Medium & Custom - lift, leveling....

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Kristi with a K, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Feb 8, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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    Kristi with a K

    Kristi with a K [OP] Well-Known Member

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    https://www.autoandtrucksprings.com/index.php?p=home

    First off, awesome people! Quick response the one time they had to get back to me & whenever I called during biz hours, someone answered. Very knowledgeable & helpful. If you don't see an option for what you want, they'll try to make it happen. First time I called I talked to Bob. There was not a kit for my particular year, so he came up with one with a very doable price tag. That was where the sales type talk ended. In other words, he was not at all pushy. We then chatted about football, moving south.... He said to call if I had anymore questions & call I did. Probably four or five more times & each call was handled just as warmly professional as the first.
    However, I do understand that this alone does not mean quality parts.

    I have never purchased a set of springs, so bear that in mind (edit - ever since I put that I've been wondering how I pulled this off since my '86 had 365,000). Also, I held off on posting this because my truck has needed other work that either kept me off the road for a bit or may affect suspension. However, I wanted to get this review out there & if need be, I will update later.

    The springs feel good, especially after the sorry state my old ones were in. The alignment was proof of that. & the hardware certainly seems of excellent quality. I have an '01, so it is supposed to ride like an older truck. Not too rough, yet you feel the road (can't think of another way to put it right now) & that is exactly how the truck now rides. My bed is back to norm. & the clincher? No squeaks, no noises! I was all nervous after seeing that this has been an issue for some doing new installs....

    Odds & ends -
    He said if tech support was needed during business hours to give them a call.
    They have been in biz for four generations, since 1941.
    There are at least a few TW folks who have springs from ATS & had nothing but good to report.
    This is a link to their spring source - https://standens.com

    Course I forgot to take a pic of the springs....
    The "kit" was the hardware (minus bump stops) in the pic plus a standard set of springs. 345.00 plus 60.00 delivery from PA to MA. He called it an even 400.00. I placed the order on a wed by the cutoff (noon I think) & had them Friday.
    Pen writes nice too.... :thumbsup:

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  2. Feb 8, 2020 at 8:25 PM
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    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

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    This is great to here K! The springs they sell are Standen, was that right? I don't know if any other retailers common to the taco world that sells Standen so it's very cool that we have a new option.
    Did you end up with much lift? Maybe just an inch or so of sagging that was corrected? Hoping to not get lift
     
  3. Feb 8, 2020 at 8:56 PM
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    Kristi with a K

    Kristi with a K [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Standen. Glad you asked cuz I forgot to put that in the review.
    & the springs basically put me back to norm. Just that slight pinch of lift we are supposed to have if there is no load in the bed....
    :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Feb 8, 2020 at 10:24 PM
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    I'm so excited to have a normal height option :D
    Also after a few weeks put up a pic from the side, so we can see how the height or stance, if you would be so kind, I should say:fistbump:
     
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  5. Jun 3, 2020 at 11:16 AM
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    I purchased a set of ATS stock replacement springs (90-171, 90-173) for my 1996 xcab 4wd V6 after reading this and a couple other threads. I am beyond satisfied with them. My intent was to (temporarily) keep my suspension as stock as possible. After three months and 3,000 miles, the rear height is exactly as specified when measured according to the factory service manual in the alignment section. The rear was previously 0.30" under the specification with the 24 year old springs.

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    I placed my order on a Tuesday night and received my ATS springs on a Saturday! I only purchased the springs. Even though it is probably a great deal, I did not order the package of springs, shackle, eye bolt, and u-bolts. It's an Arizona truck and it did not even need new eyebolts. And... yes, God forbid, I reused my u-bolts. I reused them 20 years ago when I broke the first leaf, and God forbid, I replaced ONLY the SINGLE broken leaf, and for all you deniers, it lasted 20 years!

    I contemplated replacing my springs for many years, and probably read every leaf spring related thread on this site. No solution seemed appropriate and the opinions are extremely varied. I settled on the ATS springs for the following reasons:

    1. They responded to my email in less than 12 hours (General Spring did not respond to my inquiry).
    2. They have the specifications for their springs listed on their website (General Spring does not list all the specification that ATS lists). The springs I received were also exactly as specified.
    3. The ATS springs are right/left specific (General Spring did not have R/L specific springs). My driver's side body lean is now minuscule (I also replaced the body mounts with factory mounts).
    4. Finally, ATS had the lowest price shipped from PA to AZ, and they included grade eight eye bolts.
     
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