Adding payload capacity without raising, or stiffing?
My truck sits down back when I throw my sled in it or try anything to much for it like towing something big. I'd like to beaf of the leafs just a little but I dont want my ride any rougher than it alretty is with my T bars maxed and shackles.
so I came across this Hellwig Helper Spring, there's a couple different ones, but this one bolts on top of the leafs on the back and provides up to 550 more lb's.
You can try it but from the pic I wouldn't hold your breath.
You really want to do it right go to the local spring shop and have them make you a 3in spring pack for the ride height you want and load rate you want. In all honesty you could do that for under $200 and get rid of them shackels.
Attaining lift from shackles just isn't real safe or smart then trying to haul heavy loads with them just makes it that much worse.
So my my advice is go get some springs made it's cheap and easy.
even with a big long sled adding alot of weight in the back. or a quad and boat
I think my main problem is I have to much weight in the very back of my box when i cary stuff like my sled. thats why i think this would be a cheap fix. and its not like a cary often at all with my truck or record loads with it.
Its just now and then I'll put a sled in it, a quad. pull a 1625 tournament boat or the flat deck with 2 quads on it. thats it, no holliday trailers!
2003 Ranger FX4 II Black on Black, Extended Cab
4.0L SOHC auto, 4x4, 4.10s, maxed T bars, Shackles
31x10.5x15 BFG All-Terrians,
265x75x16 BFG Mud Terrains KM
Curt Hitch, Premier bluetooth deck, Alpine 6x8, Black headlights, Corners and Tails
I tried those helpers on the front of my snow plow truck.They didn't help at all.
If you're going to add helpers they need to be the ones that mount to the center of the leaf pack and hit stops that are bolted to the frame when the mains flatten out.
I've had them on a previous Ranger & didn't like them. They stiffened the ride too much, and worst of all, they would move on the spring pack over time. I had to periodically loosen them and move them back into position.