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If you’ve already booked your Europe trip in December and are trying to plan for spring break, we’ve got 10 great packages to choose from. More student-oriented than spring break family trips, our suggestions range from low-cost U.S. beaches to exotic adventures abroad.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach is known as the Spring Break Capital of the World, famous for its mind-blowing DJ sets, miles of sandy beaches, foam parties and more. Start The Adventure’s packages offer nightclubs, all-inclusive resorts and water sports.
South Padre Island, Texas
Fun-filled beach bars and clubs and all-day parties under the blazing Texas sun is an affordable option among spring break trip packages. Start The Adventure’s flexible five-night packages can include accommodation, transport, pool parties, exclusive events and day parties.
This beautiful tropical destination offers blue waters, gorgeous beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, awesome nightlife and the Great Mesoamerican Reef. Start The Adventure offers line-jumping party packages at the Grand Oasis Cancun for five all-inclusive nights.
An alternative spring break destination like Costa Rica can provide volunteer opportunities and adventure galore. Start The Adventure offers a package where you can explore the landscape and soak up local culture through education projects and sustainable development.
This bucket-list destination is another alternative spring break site. An eight-day package from Start The Adventure takes you to the vibrant souks of Fez and the heights of the Atlas Mountains.
The Best of Panama package from Start The Adventure is an eight-day trip that includes all internal flights plus transport between destinations. Combine Central American history with gorgeous beaches and water experiences.
A spring break-sized package known as Inca Discovery from Start The Adventure is eight days of exploring the Sacred Valley and hiking the Inca Trail. This package offers cultural treasures and mountainscapes galore.
STS Travel lets you choose Punta Cana packages with two, three, four or five events. The Spring Break Snorkeling Party Cruise offers a VIP Party Package with an open bar and round-trip transportation to Oro, Imagine and Coco Bongo.
Cabo San Lucas
Three spring break events are included in STS Travel’s VIP Party Package, kicking it off with bar-hopping at Senor Frogs, Squid Roe, La Vaquita and Mandala. The Spring Break Party Cruise sails to the famous Cabo Arch for the wildest party of the week.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Party Lauderdale VIP Package from STS Travel offers four open-bar parties, no cover and express entry to Fort Lauderdale’s best clubs such as Sway and America’s Backyard. Meal deals and daily happy hours are also included.
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Installing Custom Deaver Long Travel Leaf Springs
Installing Custom Deaver Long-Travel Leaf Springs
If you can believe it Deaver Springs has been building springs since before cars were even around. To say Deaver knows leaf springs is almost an understatement. Their springs are built so well they will probably out last your prerunner.
Previously we replaced the factory lift block with a 3in block to gain a bit more clearance. This worked for clearance, but also caused a ton of unwanted axle-wrap. When we called Deaver Springs we told them we wanted to get rid of the 3in block and add another half an inch to the lift. This would level out our prerunner and give us the clearance we needed. We also mentioned that we pull a small 5x10 trailer with our prerunner for our Project Desert RZR Polaris RZR. Taking in all these factors Deaver set to build us a very custom set of leaf springs.
It took about 3 weeks to get them which is not bad consider the custom requirements we had. When you order yours be sure to inform them of the axle you are running under your prerunner so Deaver can give you the correct u-bolts and bushings for the springs. The bushings are key because you cant go down to your regular 4 wheeler store and buy any old bushing you need the Deaver bushings.
We set up a time at Woolworth Motorsports for the install. Along with installing the springs, Robby Woolworth also had to flip the shackles to make them work.
Robby started by disconnecting the lower shock mounts after getting the truck safely on jack stands. Youll notice how flat the factory springs look sitting on the truck absolutely no droop to them.
Next you have to remove the spring plate the holds the factory springs by removing the 4 bolts on top.
After removing the front spring eye bolt and the rear, Robby attacked the shackle brackets on the frame of the truck with an air chisel.
For some reason there are bolts holding the rear and rivets holding the front of these.
After removing the heads of the rivets the same air chisel is used with a pointed bit to punch out the shafts of the rivets from the frame.
The shackle bracket was removed so it can be placed in a vise to open up the holes so 1/2in Grade 8 bolts can be used. (Note the factory installed trailer hitch and bumper had to be lowered to access the bolts holding the brackets on to the frame.)
After drilling out the holes to 1/2in the same has to be done to the holes in the frame of the truck. Use lots of WD-40 as the frame metal is thick.
The shackles were then reinstalled upside down from the way they came from the factory. This is done to allow the springs to droop out more giving you more travel.
Next the u-bolts were installed and the shock was reattached and one side was done.
Notice how much droop is achieved with our new Deaver leaf springs. This is even with a jack under the axle because the other side was disconnected.
Simply repeat these steps to complete the other side.
What did we think of our new Deaver Leaf Springs?
We plan on doing a full review of these once we get our cantilever rear suspension system done (oops did I let the cat out of the bag?).
We did test them when we tested our new bumpstops and let me tell you they are worth every penny you pay for them.
Not only will you notice a much smoother ride on the road but off-road we finally got rid of the pogo stick in our rear (in the trucks rear). Since Deaver Springs builds their springs with more leafs that are thinner than the factory spring it allows the spring to react to its terrain more quickly giving you more control.
Right now I think we are getting about 10-12 inches of travel in the rear with the shocks in the stock location. When the cantilever system gets installed this should increase by about 4-6 inches. This is when the Deavers will really start to shine.
Adding the Deaver springs to the rear of our Ranger prerunner was one of the best purchases we have made in the pursuit of creating the ultimate prerunner. For the money I dont think there is anything that can compare to the gain in performance you get with any other suspension product on the market. Deavers are a MUST have for anyone that is looking to build a serious prerunner.
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- Thread starter '84 Bronco II
- Start date Apr 8, 2021
'84 Bronco II
- Apr 8, 2021
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- Apr 9, 2021
'84 Bronco II said: Military wraps are obviously a good idea as a safety in the event of a main spring failure, but I've noticed many performance springs only have a military wrap on the forward spring eye like these Deaver Ranger Race packs: Is there a reason not to wrap both ends? Does the shackle end just see a lot less stress? Click to expand...
Ignore the specific construction of the leaves for now. Because you are in a time crunch that is a job you would be best left to Deaver via Mastercard. Spend your limited time thinking about geometry. You can build leaf packs with all sorts of spring rate curves. They're far more tune-able than coilovers in this regard but without highly specialized simulation software you are limited to trial and error. It's very easy to build a one trick pony such as a low spring rate for where the truck rides unloaded and then an ungodly spring rate when you've got shit in the bed. Building a spring pack that has multiple points where the spring rate curve change exactly how much you want exactly where you want is going to be very tough. You're correct that thinner leaves are worth the weight tradeoff. You're also spot on about thinner leafs offering substantially less roll resistance. I strongly suspect that there are longevity factors at play too but don't know enough. They don't wrap the shackle end because the front does the lion's share of controlling the vehicle, particularly resisting torque. I've never heard of reverse eyes being weaker. As a leaf spring compresses the axle moves in an arc relative to the front hanger (chassis). Depending on the location of your mount points and the shape change of the spring (big arch to small arch, small to flat, flat to negative, etc) over the travel you can change the shape of that arc and the rotation of that arc. Figure out what arc of motion you want for the axle centerline. Then build to achieve that. Axle movement that shoves the spring into a rock to help you climb will beat you to death in the desert. I wouldn't focus too much on amount of arch. Just don't get stupid mud truck with it. Generally people shoot for a flatter spring because that's easier to tune the rest of the geometry around. With flat springs that don't get very var from flat as the suspension cycles your driveshaft and shackle problems become smaller. Keep in mind that arch has a large effect on where the axle moves relative to the chassis under compression. That said, more arch is more potential to move the axle back and the shackle back and depending on shackle length that could push your (tension) shackle past vertical and change your spring rate a lot. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're trying to get the rear to hook as you drag it over an obstacle. You need to spend some time reading about how the plane of the leaf spring mount affects handling as well as the angle of the springs relative to the chassis. You can inboard/outboard the front/rear mounts relative to each other to affect handling (i.e. not parallel like in the above illustration). There is all sorts of dirt track stuff written about this but be warned, most of it makes generalizations that assume you are running 60s car geometry. Tension shackles are indeed more flexible in that you need to be a bigger moron to make them bind up like a compression shackle. Just always be cognizant of the arc in which the shackle is causing the rear of the spring eye move (and by extension, the axle). Longer springs make a lot of geometry easier because there's less arch change and less length change per travel and that greatly simplifies fine tuning the other nine million variables you care about. But take that all with a grain of salt because while I've put together dozens of leaf packs and gotten decently good at it, I've never fucked around with something that has as much travel as your bronco nor have I strayed very far from OEM spring hanger geometry.
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Do the rules explicitly state the leafs have to be used the same way the stock ones are? I’m sure I could come up with some crazy leaf spring half way down a trailing area deal to get more wheel Travel type setup. Edit: evidently you just need to buy some mile long leafs lol https://giantmotorsports.com/index.php/product/full-size-bronco-64-long-travel-kit/
ThePanzerFuhrer said: Do the rules explicitly state the leafs have to be used the same way the stock ones are? I’m sure I could come up with some crazy leaf spring half way down a trailing area deal to get more wheel Travel type setup. Edit: evidently you just need to buy some mile long leafs lol https://giantmotorsports.com/index.p...ng-travel-kit/ Click to expand...
- Apr 10, 2021
arse_sidewards said: Someone fucking around with hangers would be money ahead to buy long travel springs for an '08+ Superduty. They run 66" leafs from the factory and have a stupidly massive bushing that lends itself better to our kind of abuse. Click to expand...
- Jul 26, 2022
'84 Bronco II said: I know, leaf springs are for poors ..... How much arch should I be shooting for, and can you have too much? I know for longevity you don't want your spring arch inverting during travel, and ideally you should still have some arch even at maximum compression. Click to expand...
rattle_snake said: but WHY is more arch 'better' ? Click to expand...
Sterlingfire said: Get bypasses... Click to expand...
Flat springs also go negative when you are pushing for higher travel numbers. Spring under always works better. It also gives a better motion path to the axle and has less DS plunge. Single point traction bar off the top of the pumpkin and your set.
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I'm around a few leaf sprung vintage style desert racers. One is Toyota 4 runner/truck with the race series Deaver springs. They are super nice but they wear out in about a year, ~ 5 races. Deaver says yeah so that's normal. So not sustainable for most to shell out that kind of money once a year. And yes broken leaves and wrap are an issue as well. The best luck has been a buddies blazer (Stock mod)which has a junkyard conglomeration of springs and it rides very nice, obviously his class is limited by travel. The SD springs sound like the ticket, not sure I'd run out spring under, nice skids under the pack and pick your lines.
mobil1syn said: bypasses wont fix the flat springs Click to expand...
- Jul 27, 2022
Weasel said: I'm around a few leaf sprung vintage style desert racers. One is Toyota 4 runner/truck with the race series Deaver springs. They are super nice but they wear out in about a year, ~ 5 races. Deaver says yeah so that's normal. So not sustainable for most to shell out that kind of money once a year. And yes broken leaves and wrap are an issue as well. Click to expand...
I don't know about fast but yeah they get raced. And while not quite a straight across comparison another racer is the same class has a F150 with Deaver's but they are just the regular lift spring series and they have held up great.
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rattle_snake said: Distracted with a buggy build? Click to expand...
- Jul 28, 2022
rattle_snake said: Dredging up this oldie. '84 Bronco II , are you done with Bronco yet? Distracted with a buggy build? I'm also wanting to improve ride at higher speeds in my pig. Has cheby 2500 4 leaf 63s with no overload. 3" block. Floating traction bar. Comp style shackle. Tuned Fox 2.0s. Heavy Sterling 10.25, 40s. Springs have some arch at ride, about 4", so about flat at bump. Considering going to a lift spring and no/minimal blocks. I see Deavers are now over $1000. I understand more leaves, but WHY is more arch 'better' ? Click to expand...
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- Jul 29, 2022
How about a recommendation for antiwrap bar? I saw something further up the thread about a single link overtop of the diff, which is an intriguing thought. Same theory as the two parallel single lower links, but without more shit to get hung up on. Anyone try this out?
j20brett said: How about a recommendation for antiwrap bar? I saw something further up the thread about a single link overtop of the diff, which is an intriguing thought. Same theory as the two parallel single lower links, but without more shit to get hung up on. Anyone try this out? Click to expand...
mobil1syn said: think of it as preload. you want the spring to want to return to its natural state, this helps with packing. flat springs just want to stay flat, so when you get into the chop and other things they dont want to get back to the ride height state. Click to expand...
'84 Bronco II said: The leaf packs from Alcan are 58" with a centered pin. They are basically 5" longer front and rear than a stock Bronco pack and arched for 4" of lift (obviously this depends on how I set up my perches). They are also 2.5" wide compared to 2.25" for factory Bronco packs, and are an 8 leaf design with a half leaf on top to help control axle wrap. They have Alcan's "orbit eyes" at the back which should help the bushings and springs themselves live longer while providing more articulation. Click to expand...
- Oct 19, 2022
Any updates? How’d the Alcan’s with Orbit eyes hold up?
- Oct 21, 2022
McBastard79 said: Any updates? How’d the Alcan’s with Orbit eyes hold up? Click to expand...
Had no idea the orbit eye deal was still an option. Interested in feed back also. What did they run?
- Oct 24, 2022
willis_racing said: Someday when dinosaurs once again roam the earth, we'll find out when (if) he finishes the build Click to expand...
YotaAtieToo said: Had no idea the orbit eye deal was still an option. Interested in feed back also. What did they run? Click to expand...
'84 Bronco II said: Great so far just sitting in the shop Alcan sold me on them because they claimed springs with the Orbit Eyes had way better bushing life in racing applications which is something I was worried about. Obviously the trade off is that you lose some of the natural sway bar effect of the leaves. That cuts me deep man Maybe I can be the new Sceep I am not sure how much the orbit eye option itself runs, but the 100% custom packs were ~$1,200 with the orbit eyes from Alcan. National Spring gave me a similar estimate but without the Orbit Eyes obviously, so I don't think they are a huge expense if you are already going down the rabbit hole of custom springs anyway. Click to expand...
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