OK guys I'm hoping that someone could offer me some advice, or at the very least learn from my mistakes.
So I have a 99 tacoma and a 97 Suzuki DR650 dual sport. I got a job in Colorado, and the plan is to put the dual sport on a hitch mounted bike carrier. I got the hitch and the trailer, and such.
I knew that my Leaf springs were on there last bit of life because they were flat and slightly down turned, and when I put the bike on there it sat pretty low. I was thinking about getting an add a leaf or a helper spring but I thought that my current leaf springs were past the point of no return, so I opted to fix it the correct way and buy new leaf springs and have them installed at a shop.
$700 later the new springs are still flat! I haven't loaded the bike up yet to see how it looks with the new springs. I did some research and found that that is just how the OEM springs are set up. Now I am wondering if mine were ever even shot in the first place and thinking I could have gotten away with just an add a leaf.
In retrospect I should have got an aftermarket set of springs with a REAL arch in them, or asked the shop to order springs that were beefier than OEM springs as I would be hauling a load.
Which brings me to my last question. Did I just waste $700, or do you think that the new springs should hold the load of the bike just fine? It's only 325 lbs and it looks like the max tongue wight is 350, so it might be pushing it?
Thanks in advance for the advice, I am just getting frustrated with how things have been going with the set up.