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Question Lowering 2wd 2500 SRW

I've been reading a lot and although I am not very mechanical, I think I have discovered what I think I can do without having to do anything after market. I put 4600s on last week and replaced the original shocks.

First, I tow a 21' bass boat and don't want to sacrifice towing. The boat package weighs around 4k. I will also have gear in the bed with a cap, etc.

My plan is to remove the two bottom blocks (spacers) out of the spring pack and possibly the overload spring. I'm on the fence about the overload spring. Also, the body guy I talked to said the existing u bolts should be fine, but I will defer to the experts here. He said that making sure they are super tight is very important when they go back on. Undertightening the ubolts in his opinion is the cause of problems.

Any other thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. I don't want to go cazy on lowering...yet.


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you can do it, removing the blocks wont affect load capacity

If you need to you can add washers to the top of the u bolts to take up the space lost by removing the blocks

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Also, make sure to tighten the u bolts back up evenly so that the axle is centered and pinion angle is correct

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Thanks Taq. I think I have read a hundred of your posts...

What do you think about the overload spring...stay or go?

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Thanks Taq. I think I have read a hundred of your posts...

What do you think about the overload spring...stay or go?
Are you considering helper bags?


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You can pretty much put 4k in the bed of one of these trucks

You'll be fine towing that with no overload

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[QUOTE=Taquache;6403102]Are you considering helper bags?

No.

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I agree that you'd probably be ok towing what you've said you've got with no overloads but it'll likely squat. I've towed a RCSB 1/2 ton 12v on a gooseneck with mine with out overloads and my helper bags have a leak so essentially they didn't do much most of the trip.

It rode slightly rougher but wasn't very noticeable between having air and not. I can't comment on how much squat as its hard to tell with no bed on the truck


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Thanks again everyone.

I will take the two spacers out and leave the overload in. I'll take some before and after photos hopefully to see how noticeable it is...if at all.

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Hey guys...not sure if anyone will see this in time, but we are into the pack.

The spacers have a bolt (pin) in the bottom that fits into the axle. We can get the bolts out of the spacers, but if we take both out, does the bolt in the bottom (or pin) go back into the pack?

Thank you for any help...

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The pack is going to come apart when you take the pin out, pretty violently, you'll wanna clamp it

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We are all good on the pack. Clamps in place.

We were trying to see where the middle pin that fits down into the axle goes...but now that we have the spacers apart...it appears it should fit right back into the pack...minus the two spacers.

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