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Arrow Removing rear leafs for drop? Need a fast drop for carshow this weekend!

Well Like the the title says I am preparing for a car show this weekend and I want to slam the rear of the truck.
Right now I have 3in DJM drop control arms on the front and in the rear I only have 2in drop blocks.
I want to have atleast a 4in drop in the rear.
I do not haul anything with my truck or carry anything heavy in my bed so I think if I were to remove 1-2 leafs from the rear it would not affect anything.
BTW I am sure I will enjoy a softer ride in the rear also. lol
I have a pair of 3-4in drop toxic drop shocks for the rear so maybe I can use them with this drop?

If anyone has any info on removing leafs to lower my truck I would greatly appreciate the advice!

Like how many to pull out?
How to actually pull them out the correct way?
Do I need to use my 2in blocks with this drop set up?

P.S. If anyone has any info can they answer fast for me? I want to try to do this stuff this tomorrow since I am off of work in the afternoon.

Thanks guys!


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I forgot to add that this drop is only going to be temporary.
I plan on buying DJM 3in drop leafs and maybe some shackles or blocks.


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I have 3 inch blocks under my truck and I took out 1 leaf and it actually didn't give me as much drop as I was hoping for (maybe an inch) but yours may be different. You might be better off just finding some bigger blocks if you want a fast drop. There were three long leaves and I took out the middle one. You will still need to use the blocks you have if you do this. Here is a pic of how mine sits right now.

I talked to a guy after I did mine this way who told me I would have gotten more drop if I had just taken the short leaf on the bottom and flipped it upside down. It does make sense, but I'm not sure how much it will drop it. Hope this helps.
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DIY. leaf spring removal for a drop

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All you need to do is pull one of the leafs, and get a 3 inch block, use the Toxic shocks, and everything should be ok.

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I ended up pulling the very bottom leaf today (straightest one) and it gave me about a 1/2" drop. I was hoping for more but what can you do. The very bottom leaf was just the easiest for me to pull since it was already getting late and I was losing daylight. Maybe tomorrow I will get a 3" block to replace the 2".

Low94, what do you mean turn the last leaf upside down? How would that drop it anymore? I could see maybe movin the smallest leaf to the top under the block but it would just lower you however thick the leaf is.


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The reasoning behind taking the lower leaf, flipping it upside down and reinstalling it would have something to do with the arch in the spring, if there is any considerable bend in it. The arch would be reversed in the lower leaf and want to dearch the other springs in the same direction with the result being lowering your truck. The lower leaf would have to be clamped at the ends to the main spring pack however to make it work. I don't think there is enough of an arch in the lower leaf to even make this work though.

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