Leaf spring vs 4-link

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Everyone----- What do you think???????? 94-96 Ford F-150-- Rear Suspension................................
Leaf Spring or 4-Link..( trailing arm)..... Deaver Spring has a set up for my vehicle, Thick spring pack
run under the axle, set of 3" bypass shocks with the frame c-notched, or the traditional trailing arm
4-link suspension with the 3" coil-overs, etc, etc,............................. Please Vote Thank You
 

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I think you should go with the 4-link, (a) more travel, (b) works well with coil-overs, which I think you have. Not to mention, when people see that big old trailing arm underneath your truck they will probably stop and Stair, I know I would. You decide!
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Dude, if you have the coil-overs then link it! Hell it is about the same cost! The only reason I have race packs on my truck is because I already had 'em. Take the time and do it right!!!!

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if its a toy 4link all the way but if you run it on the street i recommend the spring pack or have a good 4 link made
 

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No Jack. I think you are looking for the what makes a Disco Truck section...

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ok, my 2 cents. Last night I broke the primary leaf while picking-up the markers at the ridgecrest race and after my best McGiver impression we finally got home around 1 a.m. Take the time, spend the money and do the 4-link.

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4-link and springs cost the same? Leaf-springsfrom Deaver around-$500. quality custom fab 4-link for an f-150 at least 3-4k and I would like to see a shop that would do it for that, try to name one.
 

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Well Derek, I was thinking if you built the 4 link yourself ( person who owns the truck).. Is it really that hard to make 4 links that move through the same arc? I mean it is just a prerunner not a full blown race truck. Right? But if the use of a tape measure and a penceil is beyond you then I don't know what to tell you??? I guess someone has to keep the fab shops in business. You should try building track links for a 7S. A link to match the arc of a leaf spring. Thats a little harder. But it is what you need if you plan to use your truck with leaf springs and not break them like Greg did. Sorry to hear about your troubles Greg. Glad you got home okay. How does that duct tape work at holding them springs together??? hehe

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4-link a Ranger at home:
4130 for just the links 200.00
3 1-1/4" threaded bungs 60.00
3 1-1/4" rod ends 300.00
Cheep fuel cell 350.00
cheep plumbing 200.00
2 cheep coil over shocks1200.00
mild steel bedcage 100.00
mild steel incab cage 200.00
total 2610.0

Thats with the hope that a mild steel cage will hold up and not putting in any cost for nuts and bolt and stuff like fuel pump or bed side or dzus tabs or getting delrin bushings made. Or you can go to a Fab shop and pay at LEAST $10,000.00 and have someone to bitch at when the body roll makes you hit a bus full of nuns on the 5 fwy when trying to make a quick manuver becuse you have WAY too much rear wheel travel for the truck and not enough horspower to get the truck in your lane again... Or you can go to deaver and plunk down $500.00 and have a great rear end that matches the rest of your truck. my 2 cents

NEVER LIFT!!!!!
 

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Kreg, nothing personal but $200 for the moly? How much you putting in the round file? You can get about 50ft for that price.. And I hope your price is not $100 per 1 1/4 heim (moly). If so we need to talk... Shocks well you have a few options but if you go with some decent 2.5's your going to drop almost $800. And to control that body roll, I know you have heard of a sway bar.... Oh that will add another 100 bucks.

How about these list:

4 link =
Coil-over shocks = $1200
4130 for links = $80
1 1/4 Heims(moly) = $75 ea x 5 =$375
Fuel cell = $250
Pluming = $100
4130 bed cage = $250 (do it right)
Sway bar = $100
Yes you need it but who was taking about an in cab cage? And if your only spending $200, well what is the point. It is not going to save you azz!
Total= $2355

Leaf Springs =
Race packs = $500
Shocks = $800
Bed cage = $250
Still should have an in cab cage!!
Sway Bar = $100
Track rods ( so you don't snap your race packs) = $50 for tubing
Heims for track rods ( 7/8) = $50 x 4 = $200
Should still need fuel cell but I will leave that out.
Total = $1900

Now I am not saying you can just buy a set of Deavers for $500 and run some $150 2.0 shocks. Which is only $800 total. Not adding the price to mount the shocks. So lets just say make it an even $1000. The set up will work, but no where near what the above set ups will. And the best is the 4 link.. I never said it was cheap to go either way. Just said they are in the same ballpark. I mean if I am going to drop a grand on my truck. I think about it. And if I can spend twice that and have suspension that works 4 to 5 times better than I will wait and save up my pennies. But of course Everyone knows that a class 8 truck is much faster then a trophy truck!! Yeah right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How fast can you afford to go????


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