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Old 03-28-2014, 09:47 PM   #21
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Here you go, the van after the new leaf.
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We added one after the top leaf, replaced the casted 2" block with a Ford EOM steel 1.5" he had in the shop and added a .5" short leaf piece on the bottom to get to 2"
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:01 PM   #23
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By the way; I can now see that the van would benefit from re-valving the back shocks. Unfortunately I have a brand new set of Bilstains and as far as I know those can't be modified, So i'll hold that for know.

Anyone knows if a back sway bar is worth the investment?
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By the way; I can now see that the van would benefit from re-valving the back shocks. Unfortunately I have a brand new set of Bilstains and as far as I know those can't be modified, So i'll hold that for know.

Anyone knows if a back sway bar is worth the investment?
If you have the right shocks, you won't need a sway bar.
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If you have the right shocks, you won't need a sway bar.
That's interesting---why is that so?
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Anyone knows if a back sway bar is worth the investment?
Whether anything is ďworth itĒ is very subjective, and depends greatly on what you are trying to accomplish. Assuming you have room to install one without relocating other equipment (hard to tell from pictures), what are your goals?

Like with most things there are pros and cons, and in the case of sway bars it seems to me that you may be able to improve on-highway performance but at the expense of off-road performance. Unless you go to a disconnectable sway bar setup wouldnít it reduce your axle articulation for off-road driving? Or are you worried that the van will tip over during off-roading?

Itís not even a given that adding a rear sway bar will help on-highway performance. It depends on specific circumstances so you canít go by what others have experienced unless very similar vans. A sway barís main function is to increase roll stiffness which should reduce the amount the van leans on turns, but that loads tires differently. As an example, a van could end up leaning less but having too much oversteer which is not a good thing.

My personal tendency is to not try to fix a problem unless Iím certain that I have one.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:17 AM   #27
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Re: Rear suspension options for lifted 2WD

I had a rear sway bar on my van, and removed it. It made the ride too rough - hitting a bump with one rear wheel made the entire back jump. Hated it.

That said, I sold it to a Florida vanner, he installed it and loves it. Different roads?

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Thank,

I'm really interested on improving off road (2wd compacted dirt) so sound like I should pass on a rear sway bar.
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Re: Rear suspension options for lifted 2WD

Had a blast at Borrego.

This might be the crazies question ever but, Is there a way to put a hi gear on a 2wd?
Some way of increasing the torque to the two rear wheels that already have posi traction.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did Deaver charge you for that? I have the same issue and was quoted over $1,300 for custom leafs
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