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Old 07-26-2011, 12:31 AM
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Default Heavy duty shocks or leaf spring helpers?

I am going to put my 800lb easydumper box in my 2500 truck. It makes it a dump truck for my landscaping business.

Should I get the shocks that have the spring over them for the back?
Or the leaf spring helpers?
Or both?

I don't want it to ride too rough.

I will also be replacing the ball joints.
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i would look into airbags i got them on my truck and they make quite a difference plus there adjustable... i went with the firestone airbags easy install no holes to drill or anything
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I had the coil over shocks on the rear of my s10, and it made a huge difference, probably added about 500lb + of payload. I had 2000lb in that truck a couple times and it didn't hit the overload springs on the leafs (truck was rated for 1,200 lb payload if I remember correctly). I even hauled 1,500 + lbs from Orlando to Nashville and it didn't have any problems. You can probably get more payload from other options but the coil overs are nice because they are cheap (were like $60 for the set on the s10 from autozone, they were made by monroe I think), they are easy to change, and they don't change the ride quality because the spring has no load on it until compressed. My dad just bought some coil overs for his 2005 ram 1500 they were more like $150 or so but are supposed to add alot more payload, I can't remember how much but it was like 900lb or maybe 1900lb...it was alot. They raised the rear of his truck like 1-2 inches.
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What do you plan on hauling? A friend of mine has a dump box in his 3500 (he landscapes too) but he usually has it hoisted up in his garage. He also has a Load Handler for mulch, grass clippings and topsoil.
I would go with helper springs over an hd shock, but would recommend air shocks over both options
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^^I forgot about air shocks. I had air shocks on another truck also, they were great, but I didn't have a compressor on board so it was a pain to adjust the pressure (had to go to a gas station all the time). If I would have had a compressor on the truck the would've been great.
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Wow, no responses for a few days and now four.
All good answerers and the winner is the air bag.
I talked to a guy today that is in the business and he told me that most people are putting on the air bags. It's something that I can do myself so that makes it a good solution.
This truck was a bargain but new things are cropping up daily.
Today I found out the rattling sound is my catalytic converter, so I will buy one and hope I can bolt it on.
I also found a big wet spot under the corner of the radiator today but I can't tell where it's coming from because it stopped leaking and it's dry now.
I think these are small problems, I hope.
The truck is shinny white and the engine is smooth as glass so I am still happy I bought it.

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