What to Look for in Leaf Spring Stabilizers
Trucks are at a greater risk, compared to cars, of loosing balance and tipping over because of its increase in height and width. Even at a stop, the rear end tends to drop, making the truck appear old and awkward. These concerns badly affect the handling and load carrying capability, leaving you with an almost useless vehicle. To solve these problems, you can install leaf spring stabilizers to the rear suspension to improve its look and drive.
Sag and sway
Stabilizer kits on the market are designed to solve either a truck's sagging or swaying. Read the product's description closely to see if it handles one or both problems.
- Anti-sway stabilizer: This is suitable for trucks already equipped with a good set of shock absorbers that handle only sag problems. It is usually installed along the rear axle to give the truck lateral support. In order for you not to feel like you wasted money buying one-dimensional shocks, sole anti-sway stabilizers are the way to go.
- Complete stabilizer: This type of stabilizer is designed to combat both sagging and swaying problems. It is usually an attachment directly on the leaf springs to control its movement. Buy this for your truck if you don't have improved shocks.
Some kits have customizable rods and connectors that allow you to fine-tune how much resistance and control you want to give the springs. Allowing you to adjust the settings gives you freedom to use your truck for different applications. This will be really helpful if your truck is used to cargo and trailers that have different weights.
As a final note, stabilizers and supports significantly adds the carrying and towing strength of your truck to an approved limit. Never go beyond the weight limit so that you don't put yourself, and others, in danger.
Jazz Up Your Truck by Installing Leaf Spring Stabilizers
A truck is more rugged compared to a car. This monster can carry heavy cargo on its bed for transport, or go on an adventure through rough trails. However, a truck carrying so much is prone to have a bed sagging because of the uneven weight. A bigger truck is even at risk of tipping over when extremely off balanced. Equipping the rear springs can be equipped with a leaf spring stabilizer can greatly solve these issues.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Floor jack
- Jack stand
- Wrench set
- Leaf spring stabilizer kit
Step 1: Raise the car with a floor jack to a height enough the rear wheels to hang. Secure it with a jack stand after.
Step 2: Disassemble the stabilizer kit by removing all the nuts, rollers, and bolts from ends of the shackles. Set them aside for later use.
Step 3: Place the polyurethane block directly on the middle on top of the U-bolt retainer above the springs.
Step 4: Get the disassembled stabilizer and set it on top of the polyurethane block. Clamp one end of the stabilizer with the leaf springs to compress them. Assemble the rollers, sleeves, nuts, and bolts to secure and lock the stabilizer to the springs. Insert the roller on one of the holes according to your requirements. Use the lower hole for a lower preload and height gain. Use higher holes for more preload and ride height.
Step 5: Once you are done with one end, transfer the clamp to the other end, and repeat the process. Make sure that you maintain a ? inch clearance to give the truck some clearance.
Step 6: Repeat the procedure to the other rear suspension.
The installation will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Make sure you do not tamper with any wires and hoses not related to the suspension to avoid damaging them.
- You can remove the rear wheels for easier access.