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Old 06-20-2013, 10:17 PM
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I understand what you are saying about the functionality of the OL springs but go back and look at the photos that I posted in my "Is this what my leaf springs are supposed to look like?" thread. Those photos illustrate what is bothering me the best. In those pics it looks like the bottom of the leaf pack is in contact with the OL spring in the center for what appears to be a good 8-10" section. I may be completely wrong....I'm certainly no engineer...but I really don't see how the thicker, stiffer OL spring can't be providing some measure of support to the main spring pack that would help it resist bending over the axle housing. Basically, it appears that the OL spring is helping to spread out the force placed on the main spring pack over a greater surface area. It seems like to me that if you were to remove the OL it would decrease the surface area of the main spring pack that the force is being applied to and make it more susceptible to bending. Maybe the spring pack is strong enough to handle the extra pressure. I would like to hope so but I'm a little afraid to find out, lol.

I don't haul very heavy loads so no issue there. If it's that heavy, I have access to a small utility trailer to help distribute the weight. I'm sure you are correct about the drop leaf springs having even less capacity than the stock springs with the OL removed. The more I think about them though, the more I think the cost is going to keep me from going that route. That's one of the biggest attractions to removing the OL's free! And that leaves mod money for new rear shocks, HID fogs,
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