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 Post subject: Re: Wagon ride height
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:05 pm 
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krisisdog wrote:
Free rear lowered leaf setup -
Remove small leaf, flip it over, place on top, bolt back down. 2" drop.
The trade off is you lose the added rate of that leaf, and you'll bottom out fairly easily.
If you get another small leaf and do that, you'll have around a 1 - 1.25" drop, and you retain pretty much the spring rate.
That's what I found with the std 4 leaf E series wagon rears.

EFNA wrote:
Sounds dodgey..
Not really, you're essentially flattening out the spring stack - you can fine tune and make a decent setup - takes a lot of work of course.
But as mentioned, if you want a large drop and maintain spring rate, reset and more leafs added is the best way.
That's what the ED/EF XR6 wagons have - 5 leaf reset XG ute springs.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Wagon ride height
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:12 am 
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Lol@dodgey. Tell me how?

Ride quality feels about the same, and there's very little chance of bottoming out. I've had a few hundred kg in the back and it probably only dropped an inch. I've also towed a loaded 6x8 box trailer and had no issues.
I didn't take notice of how many leaf springs were in there tho.. It was very very stiff prior.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Wagon ride height
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:45 am 
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What type of car was it ?
Be good to know the spring setup - you probably could get away swapping one leaf out of a 5 or 6 leaf stack, but as I mentioned above, the car would scrape going out off shallow driveways, etc, and sometimes bottom out.
Others have found same with the 4 leaf E series wagon setup doing that.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Wagon ride height
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:42 pm 
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I did this upside down leaf trick, but used an extra leaf.

I am however using an XG Ute Spring pack, with a wagon main spring, and I have load carrying airbags etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Wagon ride height
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:09 pm 
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With stock fronts
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Then with the front fkn low.
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An inch lowering block certainly wouldn't go astray. Previous owners used to tow a caravan ( had electric brakes) so may have upgraded the leaf setup.

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:17 pm 
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Any chance of a pic of the upside down setup guys?

 

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