If I'm going to tear the suspension apart, I only want to do it once. The
fact is, even with the extra spring on the left side, it still leans down on
that side, WITHOUT a load on it.
Both sides are worn out enough that I want them both replaced. The reason
is, I plan on taking my Ranger off the road this spring and using the F-150
in its' place. Meaning that I will start using it to haul my trailer/ATV,
and occasionally larger loads of lumber and material related to my work.
But I'm not going to use this truck to travel into the city like I used to
with the 1/4 ton.
Just to give you an idea of how bad the springs really are, last year when I
was doing work to my lawn, I needed top soil. So I took the 1/2 ton out to
the pit and loaded 2 yards of top soil on it (dry, not wet). When the first
bucket load went into the bed, it dropped a bit, maybe an inch or inch and
1/2. When the second load was dumped in (very slowly because I knew the
springs were in bad shape), the back bumper was about 1 1/2" from the
pavement, and the inner fenders on both sides were hitting the top of the
rear tires. For a second, I thought about grabbing a shovel and shovelling
some back off the truck, but I said the hell with it, as I only had 4 kms to
haul it. Let me tell you, those were the longest 4 kms I've ever driven, I
don't think I ever went over 20 km/h. At one point when I drove over the
railroad tracks by home, I thought the back half of the truck was going to
snap off and lay there on the road, while me and the front half would likely
have rolled into the ditch.
If that gives you any kind of idea how bad the springs really are, you can
understand why I want to replace both sides, LOL. As it stands, the idiot
who put the other leafs in thought it would be a good idea to strap the
springs together with hose clamps, about 20 of them altogether. When I say
this guy is a moron, that is a complete understatement, but that is a whole
But I appreciate the suggestion anyway,