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Old October 12th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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I have an 01 2500HD and load it to the max quite a bit, I dont want to go crazy, just dont want to worry as much. Would some 3500 springs work, or should Ijust do an add-a-leaf (never been a fan of aal)
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Old October 12th, 2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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Old October 12th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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this goes back a few years, but we had a dumb body shop manager back at the dealer for a while. he managed to sell his inlaws the wrong truck for thier needs. it was a light 2500 extended cab long box with 8600 GVW. anyways the guy went and bought a 3400lb slide in camper. it squated that truck so bad it wasn't funny. the body shop manager said he'd take care of it. he had it taken to Arc Spring in Ypsi. it came back sitting level...and we laughed our asses off. it now had 16 spring on each side about 8" tall! that truck rode like shit from all that and then it started having axle issues...what a dumb ass.

so the moral of the story is how much do you need? vs. how much do you want?
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Old October 12th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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Old October 13th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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ok, local spring shop can put in a an extra leaf for 270$ thats less than the air bags and installed. you guys have any reasoning for air bags other than even more capacity and adjustability.

And no I am not gonna do some ghetto shit with 16 springs, truck is already a 3/4 ton I am not looking to overload the hell out of it, but I come close quite often and just dont want to worry about blowing out my springs or getting rolled for looking like I am over. Being an HD it has the same rear axle as the 3500s only srw. I will also be using range E tires
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #6
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A extra leaf will gain you a bit on height and a more rougher ride. And it will always be like that. With bags if you're going to haul a big load, pump the bags up and when you're done air then down some. They ride like stock. I've done many airbag kits on that truck and it's dead simple. No drilling and it all bolts on. I install Airlift stuff.

In my opinion, you would be money ahead with bags. But that's me.
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air bags can be there when you need them and not noticeable when you don't. when you put extra leaves in the rear you can feel it all the time. when not loaded it rides like a tank typically. the only thing that is a good idea for extra leaf is a double wrapped spring. such as this
this prevents the main leaf from snapping which is a common problem when loading heavy and using too stiff of a leaf pack.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:51 PM   #9
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Bagz, and done.
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Alright I will probably go with the bags then, I will probably just leave em aired up though since I am under load probably 90% of the time (which is why I wouldnt mind the rough ride 10% of the time with an aal) but since not a single person recommended anything other than the bags I guess its an easy choice. Does the brand really matter with these, Ill look into the air-lift as mentioned earlier
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I have alot of experience with Air Lift, but other companies should be similar. The Air Lift is bolt on, you remove the bump stops as the kit uses that location for it's mounting. I've had customers put them in in our parking lot.

Bottom line is it's still up to you what you want to do.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #12
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airbags are the only way to go.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #13
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These are good for an extra 1200lbs
http://www.monroe.com/products/maxair.asp
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These are good for an extra 1200lbs
http://www.monroe.com/products/maxair.asp
used those in the past with my dads plow jeep, I feel that the airbags would hold up better, and I just got new shocks this summer
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