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4dr leafs, poly bushings, & undercarriage painting

BonesDT

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I'm looking to clean up my rear end...haha. 3 things I'd like to do:
(1) Install 4-door multi-leaf springs
(2) Replace all rear suspension rubber bushings with polyurethane
(3) Paint all components including rear axle, leaf springs, shackles, links, sway bar, driveshaft, anything removable, etc.

My questions:
(1) Mainly looking to do this for looks. I know the upgrade is suppose to lift the rear nominally, and I just got bigger tires, so I would like to get them in quickly so I can match a front TT and get my alignment. My friend has a old beat-up 92 EB and is willing to swap springs with me. Is there a possibility I will be downgrading with his worn springs even though they are multi-leaf? Should I just buy new ones?

(2) What can I replace? Leaf spring & shackle bushings, rear sway bar bushings, shock absorber bushings? Btw, I believe I'm using DesertRat extended shackles.

(3) This will be my first time painting anything. What paint should I use, Dupli-Color/Plasti-Kote, POR-15, powder coat, bed liner? What about the leaf springs and their flexibility?

Thank you.
 



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MONMIX

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get an EE rear sway bar.
Worth every penny

1) Buy the newses ones you can from a junk yard. Expect to pay about $100.00 for the pair give or take a few bucks
 






ExplorerDMB

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Check my useful threads in the signature. There is a "painting undercarriage" section in there somewhere. I used bed liner spray can, but some use just rustolem

-Drew
 






mnealuf

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What is a EE rear sway bar?
 






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BonesDT

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mnealuf

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Cool thanks, great site, I learn new stuff everyday. thanks guys.
 






celly

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mnealuf said:
Cool thanks, great site, I learn new stuff everyday. thanks guys.

Consider this too. Pays for itself in no time. :D
 






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