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Old 12-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Looking for a bit of a lift

Hey guys, just wondering if anyone has stumbled across or has dealt with g30 motorhome with a bit of added group clearence , I know my rear leaf springs are pretty flat so I'm thinking of getting them re arched and maybe adding a extra one , but the front I want to raise to, any thoughts ??? Oh yeah and she is a 1989 21' mallard sprinter on a g30 chassis, thanks
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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I've done this on pickup trucks in the past. It can be dangerous to do it yourself (I have). Spring pack removal and disassembly/reassembly requires robust jack stands and special spring tools. I'm at an age now where I would take it to a spring specialist who works on these every day and let him give you an opinion on how to handle it. Then let him do it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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Adding a leaf is simple stuff as is adding a stronger coil.

Added springs to the old service vans befor we convinced management to start wthe the e250s

Locate a spring shop and work with them as it is what they do.

Air shocks cheap easy for a pickup but this needs to be done correct.

You may need to get fully loaded and weigh it first so the spring guy has an idea of where you are at.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:40 AM   #4
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Another idea would be to put on air bags. Then you could adjust the height of each corner of the rig individually.
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Thanx for the input guys, I was also thinking of airbags for the rear , and stronger spring upfront with maybe a little spacer , hoping to get her up some logging roads in bc and ab next summer
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:48 PM   #6
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If you really want to get down those logging roads.......... how about a 4X4 conversion. trick is to keep the dishes in the cupboards!
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I had a '92 Allegro on a P32 GM chassis. It had about 110k miles on it. It was called a 27' but measured 31' bumper to bumper. The back end was too low for my liking. Hard to get into gas stations without scraping. I'm a moderately competent home mechanic with slightly above average skills and tools. I took the old springs out myself. Not hard and not dangerous if you follow basic safety precautions. I keep my rig inside so have a nice cement floor to work on. I put the springs (we're just talking the rear leaf springs now) in my van and drove over to a great truck spring shop. I showed them to the guy and he said, "you took those out yourself??" Hahahaah. Anyway, he said he could re-arch them. He also said they have a set of brand new ones on the shelf with one more leaf. I said, "what about adding another leaf to those new ones?" He said sure. So that's what I bought. New bolts and such. Put them in myself. Loved it. I failed to measure the height before I did the job. You can see the after here:

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Now, I think the springs cost less than $300 each, but this was about 8-9 years ago so don't remember too well. I also noticed a pretty good vibration after doing the job. So I took the driveshafts (it's a two piece in this one) out and took them to a great driveshaft shop. He put it on his machine and spun it. It turned out to be bent and out of balance. He straightened and balanced it. New u-joints and a new carrier bearing (supports the long driveshaft). Fixed it up real nice. That thing was smmmmoooooth after that. And I loved having the rear clearance. I bet you could find somebody to help you take those old springs out if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself. Or just have a spring shop do the entire job. A good shop should be able to do it for not too much labor.
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I put Air Lifts on the back a couple of years ago. This was after putting new springs on about 6-7 years ago. The new springs are about flat. The air bags raised up the rear end up about 2-3 inches. I had to wrap the exhaust pipes because of the near proximity to the air bags. It's one of the best things I did.
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New springs maybe but correct springs removes need for air bags.

Once project is started sdditionsl layers are cheap.

Re-arching just bends old weak material.

Have proper weight and expectations along with a good shop that you have confirmed they know what they are doing.

A good one msy have already done same task on a similar unit and can give advise.

Have them check out anti sway equipment while they are at ut as it may be too small gor the weight
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I have to agree with TQ60 go with new, rearching IMHO is a short term solution. A good spring shop would be money well spent, they would be able to align as well after the springs were in.
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Well it's been decided , I'll save a bit more during the winter an get some new leafs for the rear, I can't wait for the spring to throw her up on some stands and lift the rear a lil , maybe even a locker too
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And I'll definetly take some pictures with a tape measure , before and after
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