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Well, My right rear leaf spring has a nice little 'wave' in it. I talked to a local spring shop today, they told me basically that was caused by the axle wrap that I'm no doubt gettin thanks to the blocks. The good news is they tell me they can not only fix the leaf, but they can dearch the leaf to get me my 3" of drop.

Anyone ever run de arched springs? I can tell ya that the price is sure tempting. $35 a spring (Provided I take the springs to them off the truck) Thats a HELL of alot less than the Hotchkis leaves at $315 shipped.

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Well, My right rear leaf spring has a nice little 'wave' in it. I talked to a local spring shop today, they told me basically that was caused by the axle wrap that I'm no doubt gettin thanks to the blocks. The good news is they tell me they can not only fix the leaf, but they can dearch the leaf to get me my 3" of drop.

Anyone ever run de arched springs? I can tell ya that the price is sure tempting. $35 a spring (Provided I take the springs to them off the truck) Thats a HELL of alot less than the Hotchkis leaves at $315 shipped.

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I've never heard of it before but at 35 bucks a spring that a great deal. Sometimes something good comes out of something bad. :biggthump
 

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Yes i have,both arched and de-arched.the draw backs are they are short lived and weaken the spring lbs.cheap fix+cheap price=cheap. :sorry:
So they are not a good idea? I know it 'weakens' the spring, but I don't need a 5000lb (whatever it is) tow rating, so I'm not worried to much about that. Or should I be? This is why I ask. I've merely heard of doing it, never anyone with 'experience' in it. Course the spring shop says it's fine, and I'm tempted to agree with them, unless I can get a compelling argument otherwise
 

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At that price it's a quick fix. I would do it and then save up for some new springs. I've seem problems with re-arched springs but I'm not sure about de-arched springs. I would think that they might fair a bit better. You might also want to check around and see that price it TOO cheap.
 

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At that price it's a quick fix. I would do it and then save up for some new springs. I've seem problems with re-arched springs but I'm not sure about de-arched springs. I would think that they might fair a bit better. You might also want to check around and see that price it TOO cheap.
The price does sound really cheap. But I don't really know. A guy I know through work got his springs rearched (4" lift) for $100 for all 4. so $70 for 2... not that bad. and that was at a different shop. I don't know. Wish I knew someone who's actually used them. Horror stories of other peoples rides always seem extreme... I don't want to spend $70 and all the effort just to later spend $300. That's really stupid IMHO
 

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if ya wanna go cheap y not just get a hanger and shackle mount kit from western chassis? i told ya $200. all ya really gonna need is a chisel -air pls- and just plan 1 day free, for me the work was PITA but i wouldnt have my dak dropped any other way
 

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For the price, you can't beat it. i would say have them do it and you should be fine for awhile, just don't carry heavy loads or tow.
 

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Instead of doing another cheap fix after you did the block. Go with what people were recommending to begin with- Hotchkis. Just think, if you dont like the way this turns out, you will end up doing it right with the hotchkis in the end anyway.
 

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Yea man don't go with the de-arched springs for one they can break easy and will give u problems in the long run....... I have always said if u are going to do something do it right dont do half a**. Caus u will pay in the long run
 

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Yea man don't go with the de-arched springs for one they can break easy and will give u problems in the long run....... I have always said if u are going to do something do it right dont do half a**. Caus u will pay in the long run
Yea so it appears... Well crap. I want the hotchkis leaves. or THOUGHT I did. Not enough drop. I don't want to pay $300 to lift my truck BACK up. GHEY. Guess I'll try to locate some stock springs and get hangers.

Whats different about the R/T springs over regular Dakota springs? Or is it just the ride height?
 

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2" drop shackles are cheap and easy to do, then you can add a spring clamp which should get you another .5"-.75" more of a drop. R/T leaf springs are 1" lower than stock dakota leaf springs.

Shackles on a Durango will raise the truck up 2" because the mounting is different compared to a Dakota.
 
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