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Salt truck spring assist options

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Superior L & L, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    Looking to reduce rear end sag on our 2006-2008 salt trucks. All are chevy 2500's. Looking for thoughts on adding a spring or installing air bags.
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

    If its fleet trucks, I would add a leaf.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  3. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,183

    I have heard good things about air bags, I chose to put F550 suspension in my f350. It sits high and rides like a lumber wagon empty. It performs nice with a little weight and have yet to see it sag. Little weak with the 5.4 loaded.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  4. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    We added leafs in every truck, although we did it as the springs needed replaced. If I were putting a Vbox in a brand new truck, I wouldn't hesitate to add the spring - it's a work truck, the ride quality is hardly different especially when it's hauling a trailer.
     
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Did you check into replacing the spring packs?

    I've found it to be better than adding a leaf and very reasonable.

    If you still need more, air bags are the way to go.
     
  6. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    adding a leaf will do little for the sag but does help. Mine are swr 3500 with the added leaf and airbags and I prefer the air bags for the adjustment.
     
  7. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    Not to concerned about ride quality . Cost and function is all
     
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    I guess I need to check the spring shop on cost. Air bags are about $300 plus install
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    I'd put Timbrens in the rear. Simple and cheap.
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    On a truck that old, I would start with new spring packs, seems like it was a couple hundred bucks more than adding a leaf to old worn out springs.

    I want to say I did a 550 for around $1200 a few years back. Fronts and rears.
     
  11. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,183

    If I had to do it again I would get the air bags. $ 300.00 seems reasonable. What could they want for labor? $150.00.

    Never had a air bag. They worked good on a f150 with trailer. Truck did not look save without them. Compare the extra suspension cost to the air bag.
     
  12. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 627

    All our fertilizing trucks get 3 extra leafs. Sending a brand new salt truck in monday for 2 leafs also. Last thing you want is motor vehicle officer hassling your guys because the truck is an easy target and just looks overweight. Price for us with labor is typically right around $300 with labor.
     
  13. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,183

    This would make the extra suspension more reasonable than the air bags.
     
  14. Freshwater

    Freshwater Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    300 with labor for 3 springs?
     
  15. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 627

    Yes, 3 additional on each side.
     
  16. Freshwater

    Freshwater Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    Where you at in ohio?
     
  17. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,673




    I HATE to admit this......But I agree with you......:drinkup:......:popcorn:
     
  18. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,673




    Pretty Mulch sums you up.......:salute:








    Not everyone has Monarcy Money........:whistling:
     
  19. lawns4life

    lawns4life Member
    from mi
    Messages: 77

    I had John R Spring in Troy add 2 leaf springs on each side the rear end of my 09 F250. They charged about $350. Well worth it, the truck sags significantly less with a load than before. I chose that over air bags because once its done you can forget about it and not worry about anything.
     
  20. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,585

    A set off over load springs would work good, they only come in contact after you put weight on it but I am not sure if you can add them if they didnt have OEM. I would check with Beatie in Flint or John R in Troy.