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smh1040us

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Posted: 08/11/06 06:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am trying to do some research on adding additional springs to my 2006 GMC 2500 CC deisel.

What, if anything, is the difference between "supersprings" and "overload springs"?

Is there a recommended place to buy the springs? How easy or difficult to install?

What other add-on are recommended to beef up the suspension?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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You could add Timbrens, check out truckspring.com


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This is what I have ordered for my 2005 F250 Hellwig helper springs


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Posted: 08/11/06 07:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have to go with frenchyd on this one. Put Timbrens on this spring and have been very happy with them. They replace your bump stop.


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Supersprings are just another brand name for a type of helper springs. Generally the types are an add-on leaf like Supersprings or Hellwig's helper springs, rubber springs like Timbrens, or air springs like the Firestone air bags. None of these is the same as buying a truck built to carry the load. You will also want larger antiroll bars front and rear--1-1/2" diameter on the front & 1-1/4" diameter on the rear, and heavy duty shock absorbers...I like Bilstein.

You found what many have found...the weight of the heavy diesel engine and beefy transmission leaves little payload capacity in the so-called 3/4-ton trucks. I'd be better if diesels were only put into 1-ton trucks and higher.


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Here is my take and real life experience with the equipment, truck and camper I have, found in my signature. The supersprings combined with the air bags is a great set up especially if you have a heavy camper like we do. I have no complaints what so ever. If you are going to be hauling heavy the 19.5's and Dunlops do wonders as well. Still pondering Ranchos since the truck only has 6000 miles on it. Since I was in a pinch I had the Lance dealer install the supersprings and air bags. After watching them do it, if you have a little mechanical aptitude you can do it without a problem and with minimal tools. They did the air bags as well and it seemed like an easy install as well. I do not have a sway and am glad I did not install one. With what I have there is no sway unless entering or exiting a drive way. Hope this helps. My vote is for supersprings and air bags.


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smh1040us wrote:

I am trying to do some research on adding additional springs to my 2006 GMC 2500 CC deisel.

What, if anything, is the difference between "supersprings" and "overload springs"?

Is there a recommended place to buy the springs? How easy or difficult to install?

What other add-on are recommended to beef up the suspension?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Mark


Consider the obvious.
Buy the 3500 SRW springs from your local Chevy dealer and install those.

Consider the slightly less obvious.
Buy the 3500 DRW spring, overload spring and frame perches from
your local Chevy dealer and install those.


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Air-Lift systems or Firestone Air bags do a great job and you can easily adjust for any load or empty riding. Just add or release air. Up to 5,000 lbs additional load capability and you don't change any thing or on your existing truck. They are also great for protecting an axle bottoming out condition when hitting perhaps a chuck hole etc as they get much stiffer as the air is compressed. Personally, I prefer Air-Lift systems and have used them on 4 trucks so far. Never had one problem.


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For $250.00 you can put Air ride bags on they ad up to 10,000lb Extra load. In 4 hours I installed a set on my truck. and put them over load spring down over the bank. I think the springs are a waste of money......... I have an ASE cert. and a Class A PA inspection License

I am telling you if dumb to waste the money and the time, and getting your truck re aliened, The air bag set right in on top of your springs, 2 u bolts hold it to your spring. The air bags are just like big truck air bags. You set the mounting plate on top of the bag, You have to drill 4 holes, put in the bolts, hook up the air line, and put in the air. Almost that simple, but still very simple.

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I have Super Springs on my DRW F350. I use it to haul a Lance 981. The SS sit on top of the overload springs and a shackle with a roller goes under the other spring set. I do not notice any ride difference unloaded but the SS's work great when hauling the camper. There are no other suspension modifications. After hauling the Lance through the mountains of NC and Va. both secondary roads and interstate, I don't think I Need any other suspension help. The up side is no air bags to inflate/deflate.

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