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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #150 on: October 04, 2018, 08:23:07 PM »
Or if you want to save some work, just reposition the left one and shift the whole axle so the right one lines up.


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How would that work? One wheel out 2 inches more that the other  :huh:


Anyway I had a nice long post and never submitted it  :popcorn:


Yep, easiest is to move the pads, use the kit, done. Shawn wants me to go with deaver springs, love to but a grand for springs!!


I agree with the Deaver spring, you will not regret paying the money.

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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #151 on: October 05, 2018, 03:28:40 AM »



When your teeth are chipped and your eyeballs look like googly eyes on springs.......$1000 will be well worth it!

I look like that now!

Deaver vs Alcon? (this is fun!)
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #152 on: October 05, 2018, 10:18:21 AM »
I had a very poor experience with Alcon!

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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #153 on: October 05, 2018, 02:04:04 PM »
Not trying to introduce a spirit of devisiveness

but

I had Alcan build me a custom set for my Tundra project that I made into a SAS and those springs worked well for years.

I think Deavers use more, thinner leaves and are actually at the upper end

Check out Atlas Spring too.
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #154 on: October 05, 2018, 02:18:55 PM »
My research was showing more complaints on the deavers vs alcons. I did a worksheet on alcons but have not heard back

Have my gears on the way and looking at other things. (spring vs preload steering arm on the 60)
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #155 on: October 05, 2018, 04:43:12 PM »
Check these guys out JR. https://www.aalbubrothers.com/ they did the re-arch on my 8" lift springs for the Wagoneer. They are OLD SCHOOL, grumpy, dirty, and the shop usually has a pile of misc stuff laying around, but their tools are always meticulously clean and organized. That tells me all I needed to know. Plus I drive past them on my way home and could check in on the build before they ship out.
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #156 on: October 05, 2018, 06:39:13 PM »
If I don't go with a big name there is a local shop here I have used. Valley Spring Works in Dixon and Sacramento Spring too.

No website but I have used them a couple times for both a re-arch and the military add on to my sub build.
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #157 on: October 05, 2018, 11:35:27 PM »
Keeping with leafs both for price, ease of install and keeping from getting 10 inches of lift.

I ran across the idea of using sliders instead of the shackles. Reviews look good, really good. They say they help with stability since you don't have that shackle being twisted in turns.

These would also allow me to keep the spring pads as is. Allow a lower front mount with these flat on the frame with maybe just a plate and gusset, or even a bolt on mount?

Anyone used em at all? 

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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #158 on: October 05, 2018, 11:59:43 PM »
I wheeled with a guy last winter who had them on a built Dakota with 38?s

I watched his suspension as he went over obstacles, for leaf springs it did alright....
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #159 on: October 06, 2018, 09:37:41 AM »
Never heard of those...

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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #160 on: October 16, 2018, 03:20:05 PM »
How about some input here guys as I throw a few things around. 1500 is about done and will have Spartan to drive during this.

Now I can do leafs or coilover, cost is about the same (read below). I will buy some brackets but most will be DIY. Plus the idea is to keep it around a 6 inch or less lift for my 37s.

Coils are more work but should ride better, allow some adjustability both in height and can be rebuilt. Bilstein came out with a new 60mm coilover they say will handle an SAS. (#33-225616) Have to get shocks anyway so stepping to coilovers is like buying custom springs. It would be radius arm, not 4 link.

Leafs will be much easier, really more time removing the IFS than building the setup. I may loose some turning radius most use the 32.5 over the 36.5 axle I have. Many of the kits are for a 38.5 axle so radius may not be a big issue at all.
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #161 on: October 16, 2018, 05:01:30 PM »
With leafs it?s once and done, with coil overs you?re increasing your maintenance load. I like trucks to ride like trucks though, I know a foreign concept to you Chevy guys.....
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #162 on: October 16, 2018, 06:54:44 PM »
Thx Shawn, I like trucks to ride like a truck too. Another reason to go with leafs. If I want foofoo, I will get a Denali,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Plus with your background, maybe you have done this once or twice.
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Re: What do you do with a 2006, 115k DMax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
« Reply #163 on: October 16, 2018, 07:43:50 PM »
Thx Shawn, I like trucks to ride like a truck too. Another reason to go with leafs. If I want foofoo, I will get a Denali,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Plus with your background, maybe you have done this once or twice.



I had to go outside and look,just kidding, but my Denali has leafs. The Denali is what they had in the color I wanted. I finally used the sliding rear window too, Hauled my tree trimmer and it had to sit inside the cab a ways as it is too long for the truck bed.
Sounds like you are getting close JR. What are you going to do with all the room in front of the house when you trim down the heard?