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Helper Springs or Add A Leaf

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by GRINCH, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. GRINCH

    GRINCH 1/2 ton status

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    I need to increase my towing capacity, but which would be best? I have stock springs with ORD shackle Flip and 1" add a leaf. (Zero Rate). I was told the add a leaf will hurt my ride and ruin my flex and the Overload spings won't work well either. What are you all running?

    TIA

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  2. CaptCrunch

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    Well basically you kinda contradicted yourself a bit... the flip will give you more flex and w/ towing you want as little flex as possible. I would get the stiffest springs you can get... maybe some HD Superlifts or regular Skyjackers... that or try doing an add-a-leaf. Yes this will hurt ride and flex but you are at 2 opposite ends of the world... soft springs and the flip flex great but hurt towing... stiffer springs flex less but are much better for towing. You could also try going to Rancho 9000's so you can try and eliminate some flex w/ a stiffer shock setting and turn it down when you want to flex. Just my $.02 worth though..

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  3. GRINCH

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    Ya I know but I only tow a few times a year and was hoping to find a happy medium... Of the two I think I will put in an extra leaf. If stock springs weren't so expensive I would just try getting by with them. Why is it I can get some 4" springs cheaper than the stock. Supply and demand I guess!!!

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Yeah take out your 1" ORD and get a regular add-a-leaf to stiffen you spring a bit and then I'd really recommend going to the 9000's in the back so you can stiffen them way up when you tow. I understand wanting to flex, but if you need to tow anything w/ substantial weight I don't think it is worth it...what exactly are you towing?

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  5. muddin4fun

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    Get some ez ride helper springs from superlift. They are about 50 bucks, and are a little softer than regular helper springs. That's what I have. They're real long, not short ones (my best description available at this time [​IMG]). You can go to the parts store and prolly order them from there. Napa got mine for me.

    I've got a mind like a . . . a . . . what's that thing called?

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  6. GRINCH

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    I would like to keep the 1" add a leaf from ORD cause I had I had them taper it 3 degrees for my pinion angle when I put in the SYE and 1350 CV.
    I have a tandem axle 12' Trailer that I haul various things in. Up to 7000# .

    The E-Z ride add a leaf sounds like it might work and put in the 9000's

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  7. Triaged

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    Are there any of those add on air springs that would work on a lifted truck? If there are that might be the way to go.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     

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