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Rear leaf springs 04 Super Duty...

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by MOWBIZZ, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Noticed today while washing my truck...the top leaf on the rear spring pack just sort of sticks up in the air at both ends...is this normal?? Haven't had a chance to look at another Ford yet...

    No issues...haven't heard any pops like something let go...seems to ride as good as ever... both sides the same...anyone...?

    ( I do have about 500+ lbs in the bed right now) front of spring is "up" just like the back...sheesh...I hate salt!!

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    Last edited: Jan 8, 2008
  2. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Here's a pic of the front end of springs...geez...what's that nasty greenish/bluish crap there..?? yuck! LOL Ain't digital cams great??

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    Last edited: Jan 8, 2008
  3. Lawnman883

    Lawnman883 Member
    Messages: 85

    that is normal. it is a load spring, so when you load down the back of your truck it will help carry some of the load so it doesn;t sag as much. i believe they do it thisway to allow for a better ride when empty, but still have enough strength when loaded full. both ends of my reap springs never have really come in contact even when towing my 8,000 pound trailer.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    They're called "helper springs" when they touch your giving it s nice load.
     
  5. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Thanks for the replies...I was hoping it was normal, but ya never know...gotta get some salt away or something..! Anyone ever use it?
     
  6. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Yeah, I used it once. I picked up about 25 sheets of 5/8" drywall. I couldn't even tell it was back there, but I heard the helper spring squeaking.

    Awesome trucks.
     
  7. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Oh cool...but I meant the did anyone ever use "salt away" LOL
     
  8. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    OMG!! I'm an idiot...sorry LOL:eek:
     
  9. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    49 bags of rock salt and they will touch...lol....ask me how i know....
     
  10. jvcski

    jvcski Member
    Messages: 42

    MY 04 F250 does not have those "helper springs" is that something that i can install myself or factory only...?
     
  11. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    You can install it yourself. But after you get the parts list together you'll balk at the price of it all. you might be able to get it off a junker, but it isn't really worth it.
     
  12. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    those things are how i know to load our F350 dump...i load the truck until the helper springs touch the bump stops, then throw another few buckets in for good measureswesport
     
  13. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    my buddy loads till the regular springs touch em... :dizzy:
     
  14. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    You know something.....Ford trucks are awesome!!