Re: Need some ideas
My previous set up included 10" FOXs mounted underneath a stock bed. I had to remove the bed for fabrication of the shock mounts, but it sat like 1.5-2" below the bed. I ran that set up with Downey springs. It rode ok for the 2 years i had that set up. I just didnt like it when i hit the load leaf! In fact, i still have them sitting in the garage.
The problem is you cant run any larger than 31" tires in the rear and clear the bed under compression. That is with stock bumpstops!
If you get a 89-95 bed, you can peel off the outer steel shell, and bolt glass bed sides on to clear 33-35s with no bumpstops!
My experience with the Nationals up front(bolt in) and dual FOX 10" with res, is that it was very stiff when i first got it. It has sagged a bit, is a little softer, but still kind of harsh. It is ok for faster pace, but i would do well to go under axle with longer springs.
Out back, im running the long Nationals under axle, and had to remove 2 leaves per pack to get it to ride good with 2.5" diameter SAWs. It rides soft out back now. I love it.
If soft riding is what you want, get RS9000 shocks set on one, and get Downey springs. IF you really want to be competetive, i would get resiviored gas shocks, with National or Deaver springs.
Hope this helps! Let me know.