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1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby zerosweet--2010 [OP] » May 03 2011, 1:35am

I have an 01 silverado that i use to pull a goose neck trailer all the time. When i load the trailer my truck sags really bad. Is it possible to swap out the 1/2 ton springs to 3/4 ton springs and will the mounting brackets have to be repositioned?
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby 2nd Hand Old Guy » May 10 2011, 8:01pm

I would do some measuring , probably will fit but you may need to install new bolts. OR you might just find some good over load springs to install with your springs. Plus have you thought about some good air shock or air bags.
Most certainly you need a bigger rig, but I had a 1/2 ton and loaded the heck out of it with the explained combination .Without changing the whole spring assy.
Good luck in your venture.
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby HartskiHartski is online! » May 10 2011, 8:16pm

Overload springs or airbags would be easier, i think.
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby JCunningham » May 11 2011, 2:50am

how heavy is you trailer?
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby WingNut » May 11 2011, 4:39am

Hartski wrote:Overload springs or airbags would be easier, i think.

Ditto Hartski's comment. I have Helwig air lift assist and they do me just fine.
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby TexasZ71 » May 11 2011, 8:57am

add a leaf or 2

i added 1 leaf in my truck and it rides like a 3/4 ton now.

swapping entire leaf packs, fabing and building new leaf hangers is a waste of time
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby Kilroy » Jul 29 2011, 5:08am

http://www.towshop.com/store/pc/viewPrd ... ategory=53

This is what you need my friend... Inexpensive, easy to instal, and it will lift the rear of the truck with your gooseneck with about 40psi and be SOLID for towing!
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Re: 1/2 ton leaf springs to 3/4 ton springs?

Postby 2001texastruck » Apr 24 2014, 3:58am

I just installed one ton coil springs in the front of my truck from a 2012 V3500, to get them to go in all I had to do was cut 3.5 inches off of the coil spring. Maybe the equivalent of a 1/4 coil. They went in with no problem. For the rear I used one ton springs (new) from the same spring shop in town designed for a 1988 C3500, they went right in after the proper bushings were swapped in. I like the ride alot better and it does handle loads quite a bit better. It isn't so squishy, almost feels "sporty" now. I wasn't prepared to settle for a front coil spacer set up, nor an airbag, or add a leaf. The stuff is new, American made and worth the extra work in my opinion.
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