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Old 06-18-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Leaf Springs

Been reading what I can find and it seems that Deaver springs is what most folks seem to like. Is there any other options? Also has anyone used Dunbar Springs in Phoenix?
After a recent trip down some washboard roads from HELL, something has to change. After two of my cabinet doors fell off I decided to try the speed approach to the road. 45 plus mph worked but didn't make for a relaxing drive. I will say it handled just fine and never once wanted to shimmy off the road. However I would much rather drive slow and enjoy the sights while in the woods.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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We recently replaced the springs and shocks in our 2006 with the Bettis / Rancho setup that SMB is currently using. What an improvement, the best $2500 that we've ever spent on the van.

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Old 06-19-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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Re: Leaf Springs

Thanks gorden,
Were you able to get what you needed directly from SMB? How has the ride been on washboard roads?
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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Maybe it's normal but the front OME springs on my rig have a substantial concave upward profile, as if they are overloaded or not arched enough. The easiest thing would be to add an additional leaf to the spring pack and/or have the springs re-arched but an upgrade to a 10 or 12 leaf springpack is appealing. Deavers with remote reservoir Bilsteins appears to be a popular way to go. The downside is there may be some retro-fitting of the shock mounting locations.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Re: Leaf Springs

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We recently replaced the springs and shocks in our 2006 with the Bettis / Rancho setup that SMB is currently using. What an improvement, the best $2500 that we've ever spent on the van.

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I'm fairly certain that SMB West uses Old Man Emu shocks and ARB custom leaf springs right now. That's what I have on my 2011 SMB.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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On top of the ride quallity issue the van itself has a lean to it. The passenger side has about 3/4 inch difference in height. While under the van changing oil last weekend I can see a difference in the springs from one side to the other. Nothing looks broken, just different from a point of view that there is less space from the springs to the bump stops and that the springs look like they are dearching worse on the passenger side.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:54 PM   #7
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Re: Leaf Springs

-- gordon[/quote]
I'm fairly certain that SMB West uses Old Man Emu shocks and ARB custom leaf springs right now. That's what I have on my 2011 SMB.[/quote]

I was just at SMB west to check progress on my van 6-14-12 and it had Rancho shocs on it did not see who made the springs, will check when I go this Thursday.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
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Re: Leaf Springs

I thought SMB had made the move in the last year or two to a local vendor for springs with El Rancho adjustable shocks?
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Re: Leaf Springs

I heard the same thing.
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I put in a call to SMB west yesterday, still no call back from them yet. It would be nice to have a direct bolt on repair for this.
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