You would probably gain more in ride quality by adding a lubrication to the springs, this could be as simple as a spray grease or add a thin plastic or teflon sheet between leaves. I have a customers Land Rover here that I thought had frozen shocks, there was no suspension movement. We stripped the springs down, cleaned them and POR15 coated. Then assembled with an HDPE sheet between the leaves. They are nice and springy now. Next select a shock that is quick reacting to control the movements, The KYB are generally considered well for ride quality. The LR I am doing will get Bilsteins.
The only leaf I would consider removing from a stack is when a helper is in there as with early Monteros. Even though I have two MM pickups I do not even remember if they have helper leaves, I guess I would have to look under one.
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