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Increasing the load capacity of my truck

As of late, like in the passed few months, I have routinely pushed my truck to its weight limit, and a couple times I went over it.

Like last night with my bricks.... Drove 70miles one way to get about 400 bricks, then came home very carefully as I was riding my bump stops.

Hes the the thing, what do I need to do, to make my truck, handle say ,4000lbs in the bed? and whats the cost?
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AAL and or helper airbags in the back will help. but 4k in your bed is a hell of alot


i load my truck up to between 4-5k with a cord of firewood and thats with a trailer too idk how you would get 4k just in your bed
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Holy damn... probably nothing. I don't even think 1-ton trucks are supposed to have that much in their bed. Isn't that the point of the 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton "Ratings" of trucks? I mean I understand you can always tow way more then you can put in your bed.. but wow. 2 tons in the bed?

My best guess would be:
  • Box the frame
  • Full Size Leafs
  • Helper Air Bags

Not even sure if that would help. I just don't think our trucks were made for that kind of weight. And with full size leafs, you'd probably ride like crap when you weren't weighted down.
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umm get a trailer...
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trailer would be best bet.

also air bags.
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Get a god damn trailer, thats almost reckless to put that much in the bed of a small truck then drive. Get a mid size tandem utility trailer, with brakes and load it properly.
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ummm... not a good idea!! even after you did an AAL and airbags and whatnot. your tires would blow! because they are not designed to carry that much weight! tires have load ratings and rangers have light truck tires on them not the same tires that are on 1 ton full size truck..
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last summer i was at home depot and there was a guy with a late 90's dodge ram. it was either a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton. and the guy bought 2 pallets of cinderblocks. each pallet weighed about 3/4 of a ton...

so after loading in the first ton, the truck was pretty much at full capacity and the guy said "load em up" thinkin he could hold the second pallet..

the moment after the forklift set down the pallet the trucks right rear tire blew out just from the weight alone!!
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A trailer is the only correct and responsible way to do this. You can't put that much weight in your truck and not expect to crash or kill someone or yourself. You need a trailer designed for that much weight. Like justin said, a trailer rated for that much weight, probably a tandom axle and definately with brakes. They aren't cheap but that is what you have to do.
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For around $1,800 bucks around here you can get a used 18 foot car trailer, with dual 3k axles with brakes...
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1) 4,000 lb springs with the ranger's light back end would tend to be so stiff that you could get the back air born with hitting little more than a bump in the road without a load in the bed. Do that on a curve and your rear end is going to hop out from behind you. Do that in the rain...!!! I've got the rear hop a bit with the factory payload package for 900 lbs in the bed. I can imagine that 4,000 lb springs would be like having no rear suspension at all and the read axel welded to the frame when you weren't carrying a load.

2) In addition to new springs and correctly rated tires, you would also need an axel that can handle that much! (If it were me, I'd jack up the rear end and check the axle bearings for wear.)

3) You'd also need to beef up your braking system.

4) Also, I don't think the front of the bead and the rear of the cab are rated to keep 4,000 lbs of cargo from pinning you up against the dash in the event of a head on collision.


Glad you got home ok. Get a trailer!
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I think everyone will agree that there is no way to safely get that much payload in the bed of a Ranger. Not only are the tires to the point of blowing out, that much weight will
likely damage the frame and/or axle.

Just for comparison, an F450 has a payload of somewhere around 4500#. My F250 has a max payload of 2400#. I don't know if I would put that much weight In a 3/4 ton even if it was for a few miles. There's just too much at stake.

Get a trailer would be the best advice.
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Yeah, maybe in a F350 or F250 but most of the time I see the weight divided between the bed and a trailer.
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dave, call me if you need i have use of a flatbed trailer.
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4000lbs? Nope, you won't be able to. I just hawled 1600lbs of hardwood flooring in my dads 2500 Duramax and the suspension was pretty much leveled out and the back end is normally way up and I sure could feel the weight since it took a hell of a long time to get up to speed and that's with a diesel. Also the tires were getting really warm after about 70 miles.
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I have hauled 2400 lbs of sand in the bed. Riding on the bump stops.

What would it take, spring wise to get me off the bump stops?
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fullsize mod :D
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What would it take, spring wise to get me off the bump stops?
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I have hauled 2400 lbs of sand in the bed. Riding on the bump stops.

What would it take, spring wise to get me off the bump stops?
Dude 2400 is still way to much for a ranger, your gunna kill someone or yourself.
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I dought the bed will even hold up to 4000lbs . . . that much in the bed is just idiotic. That's close to the max I'd put in the back of our grain truck.
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For 4k pounds payload you need a minimum of a 350, 250's aren't even rated that high.
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Dude 2400 is still way to much for a ranger, your gunna kill someone or yourself.
What he said. You need to stop trying to find ways to "make it work" and do it right before you destory the truck, yourself, or someone else. Its a Ranger, not a Kenworth.
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For 4k pounds payload you need a minimum of a 350, 250's aren't even rated that high.
I'd bet a 350 wouldn't even do it.
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Your not helping Matt.

I geuss my only option is new, larger springs... and next set of tires being 8ply instead of 6. And maybe a new set of rear shocks.

empty with me in it I sit at 4300lbs. I have had a total truck weight of 6700lbs with a load of pool sand. this passed week end I would geusstimate myself at about 6500 or so lbs....

Geuss I just need bigger springs. My mechanic and I am sure can make it work, as unlike some of you guys, I dont have $20K tp drop on a larger truck... Also, a trailer = more insurance + more problems

Also, it should be noted, that as long as what your pulling is on wheels, it doesnt really matter how heavy it is... its just a matter of stopping that rolling weight, And at 6500lb truck weight i dont have an issue stopping.
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