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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Extra Leaf Springs

I have an 04 Canyon with weak(er) rear leaf springs, I have a line on rear leaf springs from a 2011. Can I pack all the leaf springs together except for the main one and make my springs not so saggy and a bit more stiff for extra payload?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 12:16 PM
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You cant combine all of them. I would use the new set cause they prolly havent settled, and take them to a spring and axle shop and have them add an extra leaf into the pack. If your looking for an inch or so of lift they can re arch them too. Tell the spring shop what you want to achieve and they will modify the spring pack accordingly

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 09:22 AM
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Consider a helper spring, 30 bucks or so a set and installed in a half hour, Can stiffen the rear with or without lifting, reduces wallowing, best money I ever spent,

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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My current springs have a helper leaf in my leaf pack already, will take to a shop and have them look at it.
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some of them are "adjustable" by where they are clamped, depending on this you may control lift as well as support, the only down side is it is a fixed position so if you wish to alter it you need to crawl back under the truck with your wrenches,

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try air shocks they work great !! and make my rear adjustable for most loads ...

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I know this is an old thread I started but I put the extra leaf pack together with my original leaf's, minus the main leaf. Now there are 5 leaf springs PLUS helper leaf and now it rides like a new truck. Took about 8 beers and a 3 hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
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give it some time and they will sag again.I have added 2 springs over the stock ones and mine are starting to sag. :(
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 11:56 AM
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you can build the spring

take it to a good spring shop ( likely a heavy truck shop) they can buils your current spring pretty well. If you just want to restore to basic maybe teh springs you are talking about will do the trick. Adding extra leafs will likely require new center bolts, U bolts & clamps. I added just 1 extra leaf under the entire length of the main leaf & gained well over an inch of lift plus stiffened the heck out of things. Much less drop when loading.

For your situation if your springs are sagging go ahead & swap them out with the ones you gve a line on if cheap enough. If that fixes it good. If not, go ahead & build up the new ones. Be careful, stiffening them to much will make it "ride like a truck"
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Hello bvlpxm I have added the extra leafs like I said in a couple conversations previous and the truck rides great, Racer_X I hope they won't sag again. I got almost 2 inches of lift out of the new(er) springs, if I have to replace again I'm not going thru all that work, I will just install air bags - problem will be solved. I haul a 6'X12' enclosed trailer weekly, made a big difference in the load on the trailer hitch/rear suspension.
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