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I was wondering id anyone knew why the deaver leaf pack rode like they were on a 1 ton military truck. I bought mine this summer and i figured that they would settle down... wrong! Its really killing me to drive it and it my d/d.
 

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My Deaver 8pack actually rides better for me then the stock leafs. The stockers were way to stiff for my liking. Of course, I am referring to the pavement as a DD...
 

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MidwestTaco95 said:
I was wondering id anyone knew why the deaver leaf pack rode like they were on a 1 ton military truck. I bought mine this summer and i figured that they would settle down... wrong! Its really killing me to drive it and it my d/d.
Considering you're the first person I've ever heard complain about Deaver's 7-leaf pack riding harsh, I'm wondering if it's not the leaf packs at all, but maybe your shocks or some other component. What shocks are you running? What length? In the factory mounting locations, or are they relocated?
 

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MidwestTaco95 said:
I was wondering id anyone knew why the deaver leaf pack rode like they were on a 1 ton military truck. I bought mine this summer and i figured that they would settle down... wrong! Its really killing me to drive it and it my d/d.
My were like yours for two weeks. You just have wheel you truck more. Also putting 500 lbs of lugage in the back also helps. You just have to break them in. Put a couple hundreds pounds of cemment bags in the back of your truck for a wheel. They will soften up. Did you upgrade tires at the same time? That could also be a factor. I went from stock rugged trails to 10 ply MTRs. Offroad tires ride stiffer.
 

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What shocks do you have??? The rear of a Taco just about determines the entire ride quality of the truck.
 

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Both sets of Deavers we are running are night & day better than stock. I'm thinking it's your shocks that are the culprit. Deaver can tune the springs for you for about ~$200. They can make them softer/stiffer/more progressive whatever you want. We had them dial in our LT Taco's leafs, check it out HERE

Good luck!
 

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Super Doody said:
My were like yours for two weeks. You just have wheel you truck more. Also putting 500 lbs of lugage in the back also helps. You just have to break them in. Put a couple hundreds pounds of cemment bags in the back of your truck for a wheel. They will soften up. Did you upgrade tires at the same time? That could also be a factor. I went from stock rugged trails to 10 ply MTRs. Offroad tires ride stiffer.
i had a 1200 lb rock in the back for a week. I agree though i do need to wheel more!
 

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i have some bilstien's on there, what would be recomended to retrieve a better ride from my rig?
 

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i bought them as a package from SDHQ it came as a package i think they may be 5200's, but im not too sure
 

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i think that you are correct.. thank you
 

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A Stock 5100 will not feel as good as the Donahoe 5100 with specific valving. If I remember correctly Bilstein offers various valving options for the 5100's and Donahoe selected what they determined to be best after researching quite a bit. Give Kreg or one of the guys at DR a call and verify that and then maybe call Deaver and see if they have any ideas as to potential issues with your pack.
 

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I have to think it is the shocks as well. I have the 8 leaf pack with soft valved 7100's, and it is pretty close to a stock ride. What is interesting is that you can put 100 lbs in the bed and then it is a smooth ride. I was amazed that such little weight made a big difference, but this is because of the shocks, not the springs.
I wouldn't recommend sending them to deaver for tuning as it would be a shot in the dark that they would be to your expectations, and the shipping would be very expensive for you to send back and forth from Illinois to Cali, till you were happy or possible unhappy. The 7 pack leaf should be a nice everyday leaf with a limitation on payload. My guess is you would lose 2 inches of lift with 400 lbs of payload, since my 8 leaf's loose 2 inches with 500lbs. They should ride real good with the right shock, and no wierd mounting bracket. I've seen people run too long of a shock and be bottoming out on the compression of the shock so the shock wasn't working. :eek:
Bottom line--Look into the shocks first.
 

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SEAN_at_TLT said:
A Stock 5100 will not feel as good as the Donahoe 5100 with specific valving. If I remember correctly Bilstein offers various valving options for the 5100's and Donahoe selected what they determined to be best after researching quite a bit. Give Kreg or one of the guys at DR a call and verify that and then maybe call Deaver and see if they have any ideas as to potential issues with your pack.

First time I heard of DR specific 5100. I know they were/are working a DR rear shock.
 

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Wow this was a long time ago.
 

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I'm running Dakars and 5125's with 255/70 valving and mine rides good. So, your deavers should be smoking mine in the ride department. Most likely your shocks are the problem.
 
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