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Old 12-11-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

I count myself fortunate to live in Southern California for many reasons. The latest one is that I am within easy driving distance to Deaver Spring, Inc. in Santa Ana. On Friday I had my OEM Ford rear leaf springs replaced with Deaver Springs for the Sportsmobile and my van now drives like a different vehicle. Driving on the freeway no longer feels like I am sailing slightly choppy seas. In all seriousness, I never realized how out of control the rear of the van used to feel until I had these springs installed. The day after, we ventured off-road through Grapevine Canyon in Anza Borrego and the off-road performance is just as significantly improved. There is no question that this modification has truly improved the feel of an already great riding van. Here are some pics:

Before (4" block on axle, Ford 4-leaf spring, Roadmaster Active Suspension)


After (no block, Deaver 11-leaf spring)


Before (practically flat leaf spring)


After (nicely curved leaf spring)


Jeff Crosby working his magic


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Old 12-11-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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Every bump reminds me to Deaver. Using your pics, I showed wife what we need for x- mas. Have you towed anything before/after?
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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Did you have to change shocks? (what brand do you have)
How much were the springs installed?

Do they have an arm for the bump stop?
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:59 AM   #4
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Re: Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

Steve,
cool, cant believe you waited so long
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #5
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Re: Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

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Have you towed anything before/after?
I have never towed anything with the van, but I can only imagine that towing would be greatly improved.

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Did you have to change shocks? (what brand do you have)
I did not change the shocks. The shocks are Bilsteins installed by Quadvan one year and about 12k miles ago.

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How much were the springs installed?
Total installed with tax came to $1766.26

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Do they have an arm for the bump stop?
I'll look, but I don't really know what a bump stop is. What should I be looking for?

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Old 12-12-2011, 10:54 AM   #6
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Re: Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

It is part of the lift blocks, it sticks out to the side.

Thx for other info. I might schedule a visit.
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Re: Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

There is no more lift block. All the lift appears to be coming from the spring now. The measurement from the ground to the inside of the fender before the new springs was 38 1/2" and after was 41".

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Old 12-12-2011, 03:32 PM   #8
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This is a picture of a bumpstop. There is a contact spot for it on the axle just inside of the spring.

It is designed to be the limit of up-travel. If it isn't, bad things like breaking shocks are the likely result.
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Re: Another Satisfied Deaver Spring Customer

Ya they loose the stops when deaver does the swap. I plan on adding a 4inch bump stop on body but have not had the axel move enough to need it.
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This will be my first stop after the interior build out...
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