Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Big Dicks springs
Arched or Curved springs are gonna ride stiffer tha flat springs, at least at first and mainly depends on the brand and make. Good springs should have a soft spring rate, but most don't. This goes for springs beyond what is availble for just Suzuki. This soft spring will be good for you as they will give and flex better, bad for some Manufaturers if they offer a warranty as a come-on that they will be resistant to honor later, again depending on brands even beyond what's available for Suzuki.
Arched springs will eventually settle out and elongate, loosing some of it's arch or curve in the process. Now, if you want your lift to stay at the initial "when first installed" height forever, you need stiff springs, like Trailmaster.
Now try to look at it from a Manufacturers possible point of view. "If we make soft springs and they sag, people may want to exchange them because they lost lift. That's not good for the company bottom line." Now I'm not saying all, or any, makers are thinking that, but they might be. You being from NY should know that money is a powerful thing and will make some people say or do anything to make a sale.
Some spring makers make soft, arched springs because they know there is a market for them. An example is OME.
Regardless of the manufacturer, it's the construction that really matters. What is the rate? HOw thich are the leaves and how many/long? What kind of pack clamps? Do they use silicone slip pads? Do they have a slick spring coating? What kind of warranty is offered?
Now I know nothing of BDS springs. So those are questions you need to ask.
My experience has been good. I have 3" springs on mine. I was warned by some who said they would be really stiff and I'd dislike them. At first they were stiff, but they also made my rig sit higher than the 3" they were supposed to give. I was concerned and even thought of taking out a leaf.
But time passed and as I would (and still do) twist, stuff and flex the crap out of them, they have become quite compliant and ride smoother. Far cry from they way they came outta the box.
I witnessed many JC and the bigger trucks use lifted springs. In fact, many of the lifted Jeeps I've seen are done via arched spings and not SpOA. And I've seen some real stiffies, but some that flex really nice from 3-4" springs.
One big problem is folks don't adjust/lower the bump stops when installing the springs. This can cause the "positive" arched spring to go into a "negative" arch. This is a no-no if you don't want to bust a spring, even those spings with the softest of spring rates.
Knowing that, what was that thing I said about possible reasons why some spring makers might want to make there springs stiff?
Check them out well, and go for them if that is what you want. Hell, with an inch of lift on the shackles, You'll be standing tall. Or go with revolvers and it should be pretty sweet.
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