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did you buy sway bar end links and the panhard relocate bracket or is that all factory aslo?
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Cut rear springs beyond 1 coil at your own risk. I cut 1 full coil off and I can remove the spring with one hand easily when the suspension is unloaded! I would I imagine the springs would just fall out (when unloaded) if you cut a couple of coils off, and if you get into an off-camber situation while driving they could potentially do the same. Not a good scenario. You could install limiting straps to prevent this, but why? Drop kits are'nt that expensive, and it's not worth f'ng your truck up or killing yourself to save a few bucks. This another reason I'll be going with a BellTech kit, the shocks are shorter to prevent excessive droop in the rear suspension when unloaded, which in turn keeps the spring in the truck where it belongs. Do what you will, but be careful and think it through...
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I have 1.5 off the rear and you would need to jack the truck up pretty far to have the springs fall out. You would have to be going pretty damn fast over a dip and get air in the rear for that to happen. I was actually in the dez this weekend on a dirt road. The trail from the main road was at an angle and went through 1.5'-2' deep rut to get where I was going.

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Cut rear springs beyond 1 coil at your own risk. I cut 1 full coil off and I can remove the spring with one hand easily when the suspension is unloaded! I would I imagine the springs would just fall out (when unloaded) if you cut a couple of coils off, and if you get into an off-camber situation while driving they could potentially do the same. Not a good scenario. You could install limiting straps to prevent this, but why? Drop kits are'nt that expensive, and it's not worth f'ng your truck up or killing yourself to save a few bucks. This another reason I'll be going with a BellTech kit, the shocks are shorter to prevent excessive droop in the rear suspension when unloaded, which in turn keeps the spring in the truck where it belongs. Do what you will, but be careful and think it through...
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Any spring will fall out when the suspension is unloaded enough. Here is a shot from the other night, I pulled in at an angle into a driveway and had about 11"-12" of flex on the passenger side rear wheel. No issues with springs falling out.

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That's not true, I've never seen an oem setup where the springs would fall out without some force.

I understand you are comfortable with yours because you won't ever unload your suspension fully, but others need to be aware of the risk.
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There is always risk involved when changing the geometry of your suspension from factory to modded. Do as you feel comfortable with, I for one as well as many others are just fine. Like I said before you will not unload your suspension so much while driving that your springs will fall out. Too each their own.
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That's not true, I've never seen an oem setup where the springs would fall out without some force.

I understand you are comfortable with yours because you won't ever unload your suspension fully, but others need to be aware of the risk.
Have to agree. The OEM spring will never fall out if left alone. I just replaced my springs with a heavy duty coil spring to eliminate rear sag when under load and to get them out I had to jack the truck up by the frame and disconnect the rear sway/shocks then drop the rear axle a bit to get them to come out without a fuss.

My whole opinion on this cutting business is it wasn't designed that way so why modify it? Either replace with something that was built shorter or leave it alone IMO. As said before it's your truck and if you feel comfortable doing it more power to you!
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I swapped my stock springs out today for heavier duty ones of the same length. To remove the stock springs all I had to do was lift the back end of the truck with a jack and removed the springs, no disconecting of anything, I just removed the loose springs off their perch and put in the new ones.

Should I be worried about this causing me a problem? The only other change I had made in the rear was new bilstein shocks a few months back.
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To remove the stock springs all I had to do was lift the back end of the truck with a jack and removed the springs, no disconecting of anything, I just removed the loose springs off their perch and put in the new ones.
This is correct. I'm sure they took a slight amount of force to get out though, yes? I had to pry my stock ones out with a long screwdriver(not real difficult). They will not fall out on their own. Imagine if you cut 1.5 coils off your stock springs, then lifted the truck, they'd just fall out on their own.
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