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Old 12-13-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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2009 doublecab 4x4 helper springs

The springs on my truck are not subject to the TSB. I haul feed occasionally in my taco. 1200lbs will bottom out when I go home. I may be overweight, but I doubt it. The problem is mainly off road. I live 2 miles from pavement.

I am thinking about using the Hellwig helper springs. They claim level load with 1500lb. I would like to know if there are any issues I should know?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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Helpers would do exactly what they say they are, Helpers. 1200lbs might not be bad for the overall weight but it does depend where that weight is placed. If it's only 12-100lb bags of feed and everything is axle-aft, that's a problem.

I drive doubles for FedEx, We know the weight we can haul but you never really know where that weight is on a sealed trailer. It may say 20,000 lbs in the box, 5000 could be mid trailer forward and the other 15,000 could be right over the axle. Once you start bouncing and swaying....you know it's not spread out. All seat of the pants stuff.

Try loading 1/2 (if you already don't) forward of the axle, a 1/4 of it over the axle and the remaining 1/4 close to the tailgate.

Seeing an overloaded pick-up scares me more than anything I can encounter on the highway.
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How about some Timbrens?

http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/05uptacotimbren.htm
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The Timbrens are an option. They are new to me. I had seen them mentioned, but, did not know what they were. I will consider them.

I have a tool box. This kills some space. I have the feed loaded high over the wheels and 1/3 behind. This is all with the tailgate up. The truck handles fine under load and does not feel the weight. The truck just rides low and hits the bumpstops often.

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