(untill we run out of lines...then we start spewing forth)
I recently bought an 88 1500 4wd.
It seems like it doesn't take much weight to drop the rear end down.
How do I tell if the springs are shot?
<you need to check the ride height>
<with NO payload in the truck>
I was carrying a 1/2 yard of loam and the rear dropped way down. In fact
it didt really come back up until I removed about half.
Did the 1500's come with different rear leaf springs?
<No...they did not>
Should I just put on air shocks?
<No...not if you're going to be hauling
heavy loads...and looks like you are>
I am not looking to haul a lot of weight but I dont know if I have had a
1/2 ton on it.
<If the truck is squating down on the rubber
absorbers.....then YOU ARE hauling a lot
If the trucks ride height looks okay front to
back, WITHOUT any payload, and it looks
like you have plenty of room between the
springs and the rubber stops...then most
likely the springs are sufficiently sturdy to
handle the load the truck was designed for.
You most likely had it way overloaded.
You need to decide the payload you NEED
to be hauling in the truck. Then you can
decide how sturdy to beef up the suspension.
Keep in mind you WILL be giving up ride
quality by stiffening the rear springs up, so
you need to decide HOW OFTEN you're going
to have it loaded down to the point that you
did this time.
Maybe you can find a happy medium without
a lot of trial and error.
Air shocks would be fine......if.....the thing isn't
sitting down on the rubber stops when you have it loaded with what you
Too much of that WILL blow even the best shocks.
Helper springs are an option, and would give
that happy medium. (Probably yer best option)
The truck will still squat when overloaded though.
if you're going to have this thing OVERLOADED a lot.....out of
then you may want to stiffen up the rear to
the point that IT WILL NOT SQAUT.
Keep in mind that ride quality thing we discussed.
coil springs of course....always my favorite.
Get you some old timer to weld a set of salvage yard, laying around
rusting, never will
sell, useless for anything, $10 set of coil springs
between the axle housing and the frame.
Gar roan tead results.......or yer money back.
bumpy when empty.....
sturdy when loaded...
and don't go hit'n no RR tracks at 90 mph unless you got you some weight
in the back.
and.....wear a helmet.
So it's a common sense answer to yer question.
How often are you going to have it loaded like
Once a year?.........live with what you have and
save your money.
Once every month or two?.....that's often enough to consider the coil
do you really want the hassle of going back to
the AutoZonedOut store to warranty those air shocks..much less have to
do the labor...every
year or so? And....why even bother with the
helper springs when they ARE NOT going to
make that big a difference with a payload like
You could always have a custom set of springs
made.....but dammit man....that ain't no brand
new truck yer driving....
quit overloading....or use the coilspring idea
and get out for under $50, labor and all.