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deavers/alcan vs. wheelers 1.5'' lift leaf packs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by rab89, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Jul 3, 2009 at 12:23 AM
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    EDIT: I didn'y notice that the "wheelers" leafs are made by alcan, but either way... read on

    Ok, I am getting new leafs with my lift when my motorcycle sells, I have been looking for way too long, and now i'm trying to decide deaver v.s wheelers leafs.

    I dont often haul a big load, but I want to be able to, I have heard that without the overload spring (deavers dont have it) the leafs can also sag prematurely... is this the case?

    will i get a significant amount of flew from the deavers vs wheelers leafs?

    My truck is my DD, usually get out about 4 times a month to do some wheelin... what do you guys think?
    It will be paired with bilstein rear shocks and bilstein adj from shocks.
     
  2. Jul 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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    Come on! :)
     
  3. Jul 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM
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    I've got the Wheelers 3-pack AAL...not the full pack. But I'm pleased with it so far.

    You can rebuild the spring packs with the overload leaf....

    You can also take a look at the Dakar leaf packs. They keep the stock loading ability from what I've been told.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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    I have Alcan add-a-leafs on my truck now and will be putting on a Deaver leaf pack in about a week, I can tell you the difference in ride I notice afterwards.
     
  5. Jul 3, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    great i'd really like to know. add a leaf isn't an option for me, the wheelers/alcan leafs look to be pretty good
     
  6. Jul 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM
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    i have the wheelers 5 pack leafs...made by alcan, and they are awesome man. i think you'd be happy with them.
     
  7. Jul 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM
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    plus......the setup you are getting is basically what i have.....although i have the ome 881 coils also. rides great.
     
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    man, everytime i ask about a lift, you have the answers and tell me "i have that and it's dope, get it" haha wheelers 5 leaf it is! how's the flex offroad? and how are they at taking weight?
     
  9. Jul 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM
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    This is something I'm interested in as I still use the bed of my truck to haul stuff occasionally.
     
  10. Jul 4, 2009 at 6:01 AM
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    it flexes offroad just fine as far as im concerned....stuffing tires and dropping out both......and it looks cool while its doing it.:D and for weigjht in the bed......i've carried load of crap back there with those springs......no sagging or anything.
     
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    i have the deaver j66 10 and they ride great, flex very good offroad and a good ride on the street. i have had about 700# in the back, it came down alittle but was not a problem.
     
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    Thanks will! hopefully the bike sells soon and I can order everything!
     
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    same set up, works great.. but I would go with an adjustable shock for the rear. Kinda bouncy when empty, smooth with weight in it with Icon rears
     
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    mine are ok with the 5100's but are too short in my opinion, get some custom fox's made.
     
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    I'm trying to stay under $1000 for the lift. what other options do i have for longer rear shocks?
     
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    Not many. With only add-a-leafs in the rear, all the brands of leafs should be very similar in ride quality. OME or Bilstein shocks are your best bet for staying under $1,000 for the total lift and thats cutting it close.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    I'm not getting an add a leaf... I'm going to get the wheelers leaf pack made by alcan.. it just still has the overload spring...
    I am talking shocks, but i'm pretty sure i'll be going with bilstein rear shocks
     
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    you can use the 5100's in the rear, if you go more than 2" lift in the rear you will have to use something else.
     
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    perfect! thats just what i needed to hear. I'm going to order my lift when I'm in texas for firefighting academy, i'll save a lot on shipping and stuff too. anyone wanna help me install some stuff one weekend in january? (tex, that's you! haha)
     
  20. Jul 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    They are both good leaf springs. Deaver has been in the businees longer but people who have the Alcan's seem satisfied. Their is only one way to find out.
     
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