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Old 11-12-2019, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default 1995 Nissan D21 Hardbody - Leaf Springs/Lift Kit

It needs new leaf springs. Since this needs to be done, I thought I might have a lift kit installed as well. What can you recommend?
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U sure u need new leafs? What's the problem?
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:51 AM   #3
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I second stickeye. Diagnosis cap!
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New leaf springs? Why? Those things are made to last a century. You sure it isn't something else? The only reasons I can imagine to replace leafs is if: Someone was packing gravel loads around for years...the springs somehow rusted out...or the metal on them was damaged in an accident. Hard to imagine, though.

As far as lift kits go, you can use something as cheap as the aircraft grade aluminum 'hockey pucks' to get an inch of lift without much pain and strain. I have even thought about doing this to my two-wheel drive truck. If you want Bigfoot-type lift, there are kits galore out there.

Here in the Northwest USA, LIFTING a small truck is much more popular than LOWERING one, although some people still do it here. Some people here also bash the hell out of their undercarriages going too fast over RR tracks doing that...and you can forget any real off-road capability if you lower here.

*yeah, yeah SciFi...we KNOW you don't support lowering...you old school, old fart guy.*
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Whatever. I have had a leaf snap on my truck.

If you want to lift the back end, find some longer shackles on eBay. You can get 2 inches of lift.

For the front, just reindex the torsion bars.
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U sure u need new leafs? What's the problem?
One side is lower than the other, due to a weak leaf spring, according to the mechanic.
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Could be the ol hardbody lean. Is it the fuel side?
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I just scrapped a decent pair of springs. No good for a constant load, but they were even side to side. You could just swap sides and see what you get then. It would be free. I paid about $500 for mine shipped but I carry that load of gravel all the time scifi talks about. Had to be done!
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Default Yes, leaf springs are shot

Mine go flat or inverted with not much of a load now, after hauling a lot of heavy loads over the past few years.

Anyone tried the OME? 1" lift would be good, since mine has been running add a leafs, but I wouldn't want to get a stink bug look if the rear will be raised a lot.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:34 AM   #10
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My new springs are the OME heavy duty jobs. I am not sure they lifted mine over stock at all, but I got junk in my trunk...

Before




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There is four inches of clearance now between bump stop and axle.
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