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Old 09-04-2017, 10:10 PM   #26
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Re: 72 1/2 ton 4x4 ?

Just to clear up any misconceptions, helper springs nor air bags do not increase capacity. To increase capacity you would need a bigger axle and higher rated wheels and tires.

Yes, I'm new on here but trust me, adding springs or airbags will not make a half ton into a one ton. They are only used to level out the load.

And, once my wife gets back home with the camera I'll introduce my truck...and I guess myself.
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:25 PM   #27
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Welcome to the forum, and you are correct. Of course, many of us occasionally haul more than the trucks were designed for, and the trucks almost always survive. Overloads (or more accurately I guess, load levelers) can help get the truck down the road without the nose pointing at the sky quite as much. Now let's see that truck!
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:59 AM   #28
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Re: 72 1/2 ton 4x4 ?

I keep enough in mine to set the top of the rear wheel well even with my belly button...
But here's another option for you. I've installed these on customer's Tahoes & they work great!
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:30 AM   #29
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Re: 72 1/2 ton 4x4 ?

Welcome to the site. I can appreciate your input, but in my eyes if they make the truck ride with proper handling characteristics than they have increase capacity. The front end is out of alignment when nose is up and tail is down. Combine that with mooshy springs anf you have a fairly unsafe handful. Doesn't help if you run underrated tires.

These helpers actually do increase "spring" capacity, but true they don't increase "truck" capacity. They are a definite enhancement to load carrying capacity. They are the difference between being at "truck" capacity with a poorly handling swaying truck and properly handling the load. And of course, there may be a time or two a person or three loaded a truck beyond capacity a time or four and the truck got on down the road. Kinda like a speed limit or bridge rating. It's not like your vehicle will fly off the curve at 40 in a 30 zone and it's not like a 5 ton gross weight is going to break a 3t capacity bridge. There are margins. Putting 1t axles and springs under a 1/2 or 3/4t also a 1t does not make. But you most likely will never see the difference. 3/4t and 1t wheels and tires are identical. You have made the truck better for handling weight and with a little common sense you will never hurt the truck.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:29 AM   #30
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Re: 72 1/2 ton 4x4 ?

welcome aboard..and I have to agree with others..the helper bags under my truck do increase the capacity my truck can a way...I agree it doesn't magically make it a 1 ton truck...but these new gen trucks are built for a cushy doesnt take much weight in my truck with no air to make it feel like the bumpers dragging..(just a 4wheeler in the bed drops, rear bumper 3-4" alum fishing boat does the same)..all the air does is help level out the truck while loaded..and like specialk points out ...safer..
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:46 PM   #31
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I have a lead on some bags for free ,waiting to see if it happens .
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