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Rear spring options with shell

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by cmj, May 31, 2012.

  1. May 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    cmj

    cmj [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all, after exhausting the search feature, I have found a lot of great information, but not much on people riding with a shell on the bed.

    My rear leaf springs are shot and with the weight of the shell (~150 lbs) it is sagging a bit. This weekend I had it loaded up, with a 3 bike rack on the hitch, and two other guys in the cab and it was very unstable to drive. There was only about an inch of positive wheel travel and I bottomed out pretty often.

    After doing my research I have narrowed my setup down to:

    • Originals with Firestone air bags
    • OEM Replacements with Firestone Airbags
    • OEM Replacements with AAL
    • Dakar 2.25 leaf pack
    • Wheelers 5 leaf pack (Not sure if I want to spend this much)

    I am on a tight budget, so I would prefer to keep this at a reasonable cost.

    I would like to get the bilstein shocks all the way around (Also to lift the front a little bit). I am curious about the air bags because it seems like I wont be making any compromises depending on how much I am loading up; I would be able to dial it in just right.

    I do like to take the truck off road, but mostly rocky fire roads and nothing too serious.

    What would you guys pick and why?
     
  2. May 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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    nfs257

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    Why would you not go with All Pro Expo leafs? 3" of lift and an extra 400# of capacity...
     
  3. May 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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    cmj

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    Those look like a pretty nice option! Does anyone have pics loaded and unloaded? I am curious how they ride with no weight in the bed.
     
  4. May 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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    medic2230

    medic2230 Ditch Doctor

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    I've been happy with my Dakars. I loaded mine down awhile back with a full bed of stuff, 300 lbs and pulling a heavy old bass boat and I was sitting level and it road awesome. In fact the springs rode better afterwards unloaded after giving them a good workout. They will be kinda stiff when you first get them.
     
  5. May 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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    Leafs don't actually add capacity , just alter the way the truck reacts to loads
     
  6. May 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    This is true. I mistyped. They are made to give you 3" of lift with 400 pounds over stick weight....
     
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