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post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-2020, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Air shocks to rear for helping bad leaf springs?

Has anyone tried? My leafs are semi bad and bent straight.

I wonder is it good budget fix to but air shocks rear or is it worth of nothing? I dont tow so thats not problem

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-05-2020, 07:45 AM
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Air shocks would be a waste of money. The shocks mounts are not sturdy enough for extended usage of air shocks.

If you are on a budget, why not try installing an add-a-leaf into the stock leaf springs. This will restore most or all of the spring arch and ride height. New leaf springs are not that expensive and can easily be installed in the driveway with basic hand tools.
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A good budget fix is to replace your leaf springs.

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Air shocks would be a waste of money. The shocks mounts are not sturdy enough for extended usage of air shocks.

If you are on a budget, why not try installing an add-a-leaf into the stock leaf springs. This will restore most or all of the spring arch and ride height. New leaf springs are not that expensive and can easily be installed in the driveway with basic hand tools.
do you mean normal type add on leaf or those helper leafs?





Leaf springs are not cheap there, no salvage springs and shipping costs usa to europe is high.



Upper shock mount is not problem, i do new ones because ive read lots of problems to replacing those upper bolts
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Use a full length add-a-leaf, either a new part, or a suitable used part from an automotive salvage yard or an on-line forum for selling used items.

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The problem with air shocks is the tendency to over-inflate them. That makes them too hard and then things break. I know this first hand. So on my XJ I used the coil-over shocks. They have helper springs around them that take the strain off the leaf springs. My springs are old but the body sat OK until I loaded up or trailered something, then they sank. So I really need new springs but I could not spare the time to undertake that job just yet. The coil-overs have worked well. Contrary to the posted warnings I have had no damage to the mounts or body so far after two years.

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