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1995 Tacoma Hellwig helper springs??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ikeepthepeace, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Sep 22, 2020 at 12:50 AM
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    Ikeepthepeace

    Ikeepthepeace [OP] Active Member

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    Aloha,

    So I was looking at purchasing some Hellwig 550 ez helper springs for my 1995 tacoma. The reason being I have a camper shell and the 25 year old springs squat a little even with only the camper. Just want to know if anyone has an experience with these? are they a good buy? or should I stay away?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:03 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    Bottom line it is your Truck gotta do what you feel is right.

    6" lift already if a cap causes that much squat you have a problem.

    Helper springs are not a fix for worn out springs.

    Replace your worn springs then if you still feel they don`t carry the added weight do what needs done .

    funny how a few hundred pounds turns into a thousand so very quick.
     
  3. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:10 AM
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    Ikeepthepeace

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    Thanks for the reply! I did say a little squat its nothing severe my leafs also don't lay flat they still have a bend to them so they don't appear dead by any means but maybe I am mistaken. Also if I could afford new leaf packs I would but unfortunately I don't have $500+ to spend right now which is why after research I am considering the helper springs. But thanks for the comment I appreciate it!
     
  4. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:11 AM
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    TomHGZ

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    I had some briefly on my ‘99 and they suck. If memory serves me, the ride was unbearably harsh when I tightened them enough to stop making noise. They stayed on about a week before I bought a different helper spring from Wheeler’s.
     
  5. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:26 AM
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    TomHGZ

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    The Wheeler’s single leaf helper spring was great for handling extra weight in the back. It was fairly stiff with an empty bed, but nothing like the Hellwig.

    I don’t think the Wheeler’s single leaf helper was always the best offroad. I was running early Tundra coils on 5100’s up front, and the single helper spring in the rear felt a little too stiff to be well matched for the front, if I wasn’t carrying a lot of weight. The result was I lifted a rear tire more often in the rear, as a result of lost compression.

    If you wear your camper full time, or otherwise carry a lot of weight in the bed, the Wheeler’s single leaf might work well for you. Otherwise, consider just running a slightly different length rear shackle to regain your ride height while maintaining your current ride quality and flexibility.
     

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