Suspension or broken mounts?

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Old 08-07-08, 01:58 PM
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Suspension or broken mounts?

My truck seems to be sitting about in inch lower on the left side. [see picture]

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i5.../P10100162.jpg

Could the suspension to blame for this?
My original though was that the body mounts had collapsed but based on a visual inspection it doesn't seem to be the case, though they are quite rusty. Someone told me that this was a common thing with older SUVs but idk.
 
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I would lean more towards sagging leaf springs.
 
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Have to agree with "HotinOKC". Measure from frame to rear axle housing on both sides, and see if difference. My guess is that drivers side is less than passenger side.
 
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OK well this is interesting, I took some measurements and they're somewhat confusing me.

Front springs are sagging on the left, 5.2 inches from spring plate to frame on the right side, 4.7 on the left.

Right
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i5...H/P1010025.jpg

Left
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i5...H/P1010027.jpg

The interesting part is the rear end, the measurement from the frame to the axle are the same on both sides 9". However, the shocks are different 18" on the right 17" on the left.
 
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Old 08-07-08, 06:48 PM
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Looks like your front left leaf springs might be the culprit. The sag will shift the more weight to that side of the vehicle, causing your rear left shock to compress more then the right.

This is the only thing I could think of right now....

If you got time, and want to get your hands dirty, you could swap the left and right front springs and see if the lean changes.
 
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Old 08-07-08, 08:43 PM
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just install a new set of front coil springs with new shocks. also get a good alignment. all spring weaken with age and yours just went more on one side faster than the other.

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Any suggestions on replacement leafs/shocks? I've looked at skyjacker but they only have rear leaf sets that are 2" and front leaf sets that are 2.5" and I think having my truck higher in the front would just look ridiculous...

Oh yeah btw it's a Suburban, 1989. This a project vehicle [my first] and it doesn't matter if the work takes a while to complete.

Thanks for the help so far guys
 
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Old 08-17-08, 06:40 PM
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oops i didn't look at the last photos you posted to see you have front leaf springs. yes higher in front would look rediculous but that being said the extra weight of the engine might compress the front springs enough to keep it level. you might talk to the folks at skyjacker to see why the difference in height.

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Old 08-18-08, 07:18 AM
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Heck, all the dune runner/baja racer guys out here have the front higher than the rear, approach angle maybe? Course, they also have the front fenders that flare out, makin it look like they ran it straight into a brick wall, lol. Guess its way different 4-wheelin in the desert than it is in the woods.
 
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