Mr Bill, It sounded to me like you had the top set of springs out of index a quarter turn. If I were to venture a guess I would have told you to take your upper control arms off and index your springs around then reinstall the control arms. Your upper and lower spring packs were fighting each other. Sounds like you have everything put back together correctly now. If you are using used springs and non-gas shocks you should find you get very little settling effect. Even though you removed leaves, you basically corrected the spring rate back to somewhere near the original bias which should already be settled out. Good luck!