View Full Version : Helper springs
12-19-2011, 01:49 AM
I have a 2004 chevy z71 ext cab short bed with the 5.3l that I pull my race car and open trailer with. Probaly between both car and trailer they weigh 5200lbs. Im wanting to put some helper springs on the back to help from the truck squatting. What do you peeps recommend? Thanks
12-19-2011, 05:49 AM
i dont use leafs, i like the air lift bags because you can easily go back to stock ride when unloaded.
12-19-2011, 12:01 PM
I put a set of springs from a 2500 HD on my 1500. With that type of weight, more realistically you just needs a good Weight Distribution system.
12-19-2011, 01:18 PM
x2......On going with Air Bags, along with having the Air bags, I also have compressor and Gauge-n-Control in the cab, which allows me to adjust the bags for the change in the load and/or Road Condition's....
12-20-2011, 12:41 AM
I dont want to run air bags thats y i was asking about helper springs. And the weight ill be pulling is about 5200lbs.
12-20-2011, 12:43 AM
I put a set of springs from a 2500 HD on my 1500. With that type of weight, more realistically you just needs a good Weight Distribution system. Did this make the rear sit higher? also what year 2500hd did the springs come off of and what year 1500 did you put them on?
12-20-2011, 04:58 AM
weight distribution just loads the truck evenly instead of just the back. i haul a similar load with my yukon you dont need wd for trailers that you can adjust the load back and forth till you get 10% tongue weight. the springs you want really arent necessary and will make your truck bouncy and jarring when you dont have anything in it. with the bags you can adjust the spring to better control the trailer, with that and some good shocks no more white knuckle rides. i haul 6k+ with my yukon with no need for bigger springs.
12-20-2011, 05:56 AM
Did this make the rear sit higher? also what year 2500hd did the springs come off of and what year 1500 did you put them on?
I believe the springs came from a 2006 2500HD and I installed them on my '99 1500 ECSB 4x4. It maybe raised the rear by about an inch. I added them because of our camper. Come spring when I put new tires on, I think I'm going to crank the t-bars just a bit in the front and install new shocks before I do the alignment. This truck is now mainly used for towing our trailers around. 90% of the time now when it is driven, it has either my 18[ utility trailer, 16' stock trailer, or our 36' camper on the back of it.
Still think you should look at a WD system. It will make a world of difference in your towing. Watch Craigslist a lot of times you can find a complete system for $100 or so from someone upgrading to a Fiver or Gooseneck.
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