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How do you increase Cargo and toe capacity?

I have a 99' B2500, and I wish to keep her until she just becomes mist in the air! So I have carried quite a few loads while helping people move, and I always notice my truck dips in the back easily, under load. What can I do to increase or reinforce the back suspension, so capacity is increased? I want to keep stock ride height, not really into modifying my truck for looks, more into function. Another thing is. .. budget is a slight issue. But ANY help would be GREAT! I also wrote this after a LOT of searching through this forum, but since english isn't my main language maybe I'm not searching the correct key words.

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* Weak cargo capacity
* Want to increase it
* Without changing ride height.
* Stock 99' B2500

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Buy a bigger truck. Look into getting some overload springs.
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Buy a bigger truck. Look into getting some overload springs.
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Overload springs? What are those like? And also, I don't want to increase my cargo capacity by a LOT, just. . . bring it up closer to what a V6 ranger can carry in the back, improvement of only a few hundred pounds maybe.
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Bigger truck man.
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i think there are such things as "helper springs" you should google that, hope it helps
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he doesnt want a bigger truck...
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airbags. higher spring rate springs.


reason the rating is so much lower than a v6 model is the fact that you've got a 110hp at the crank engine.
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^^^What he said.
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you can prevent some sagging with out any modifications. When loading the bed put the heaviest stuff as close to the cab as you can. When loading a trailer load the heaviest stuff over the axle.

or. You could go to a JY and get the rear leafs out of a 4.0 Ranger with the tow package. I think they have stiffer springs in the rear. Then just swap everything into your truck.
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Ok. I can swap out the leafs from a 4.0L ranger with tow package? How about adding leaf springs? And those helper springs from Auto zone, any good? I just want a few hundred extra pounds, I've also thought about swapping the motor some day too. But for right now, she's handled the weight I've given her quite well, just with a lot of sagging on the back.
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How much are you looking to tow?
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Not much about the towing, more about the carrying. I work for a Turism company we do yours in Kayaks here in Puerto Rico and was wondering if I'd be able to tow the kayak trailler, but I doubt it. But I'd like to be able to carry for example a fridge and a washing machine and not look like if my truck was about to take off into space!
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In that case you can either swap in a set of stiffer springs or just get a AAL or two
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AAL is gonna add height when empty...


airbags.
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better springs arent the only thing you need to consider, tires, frame, pretty much all the engineering behind the truck is only made to carry so much weight. so you can beef up the springs all you want, but it will still have its weak points.

conclusion: buy a bigger truck if you want to haul anything bigger or heavier than a couch
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AAL is gonna add height when empty...


airbags.
$$$, the firestone kit is 400ish if I remember correctly. But yeah if you don't want it to raise it thats pretty much your only option.
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how about boxing the frame?

anyone ever do that to a ranger?

(just for my future project references)
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I was thinking of slowly upgrading my truck. . . like for example the springs in the back, I got nice Toyo Open Country tires, then have a motor swap for the B3000 engine, or the B4000 engine. Is there really that much difference in the back end of a B2500 and a B3000/B4000 from the same year???
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How do you increase Cargo and toe capacity
bigger shoes.

HA did nobody catch this? lol

sorry. what everyone else said above... x2.
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bigger shoes.

HA did nobody catch this? lol

sorry. what everyone else said above... x2.

haha i caught it. good job on pointing it out. good one
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haha i caught it. good job on pointing it out. good one
i know!! hahaha
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just curious to ask i know in the owners manual they base how much these trucks can tow based off of engine size, transmission(auto or manual), and also whether its 4wd or not. my question is the leaf springs on a ranger with an automatic trans. and the 4.0l engine, are the leaf springs on those rangers able to support more weight as compared to a ranger with a 2.3l engine and auto trans.? help would be great thanks
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i think the tow package on rangers is when they altered leaf springs
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well i'm just curious cause i have the 3.0 liter v6 auto with a tow package on it but the owners manual says that the 4.0 liter v6 auto can handle like a thousand pounds more weight thats why i was curious.
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