View Full Version : !/2 ton upgrade, I goofed!!!!

LB Landscaping
08-29-2002, 09:33 PM
Hi All,
I'm new but I love this site. I was wondering if any of you know of a suspension upgrade you can get for a 2001 Chevy 1/2 ton. I bought it last year in a rush and wish I had gotten a 3/4 ton HD. Live and learn!!! I use my 1/2 ton to plow and tow my 12 ft open trailer with a Walker 20 HP 48 GHS, a Troy Bilt 33" wide cut, trimmers, blowers etc. The truck pulls and plows pretty good but I hear we are in for a nasty winter. I will also be hauling more mulch, loam etc. next summer.:confused:

The Good Earth
08-30-2002, 12:51 AM
About the only thing you can do to keep the rear end from sagging is a set of air bags. Air Lift Super Duty bags are what we have. They work well for us. I have a set on my 1/2 ton GMC. Supposedly they add an additional 5000 lbs to the GVW of your truck. That being said I wouldn't go throw an additional 5000 lbs. of stuff in the bed to try 'em out!

08-30-2002, 12:58 AM

$235 US for air bags. Another route you could go is to get more leafs from a junk yard and put them in your spring pack.

Gravel Rat
08-30-2002, 01:30 AM
You can always go to a set of Timbrens they are a rubber spring that goes between the frame and the rear axle, they are less maintanance compared to air bags.

You gotta remember you only got a 1/2 ton truck and its a light truck the rear axle isn't designed to pack heavyloads a beefed up suspension just helps with keeping the truck level. I used to own a 79 F-150 4x4 and I made the rear suspension into a 3/4 ton and ended up bending the rear axle and burning up wheelbearings from packing too heavy loads.

08-30-2002, 09:36 AM
Very good point Gravel. I thought of that too, but was too tired last night to type all of that. :)

08-30-2002, 11:03 AM
When I had my K1500 , I added leaf spring helpers. They we easy to install. They were rated at 2500lbs. I got them from Dick Cepek (sp). Can't remember the price, but they worked. I upgraded my truck to a 02' 2500HD Duramax CC.

LB Landscaping
08-30-2002, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the info guys!!! I have called a few places about adding leaf springs to the rear-end, that might be the route I should go.

Bill Davis
08-30-2002, 11:26 AM
I installed a set of overload springs on my truck and they work great, They are a set of leaf springs that bolt on top of your stock leaf springs and they attach at each end using U bolts, so when your springs start to sag at the ends the weight is distributed to the springs. They are made by Hellwig. You can do a search on the net and find their site. I got the brackets and springs for about $200.00. I put them on my Z-71 in about three hours by myself and i had never seem them installed before. If i did it again it wouldn't take near as long. It was a lot of trial and error. The only problem that i had was that they were so dang heavy. They work great though and the amount of weight that you want them to abosorb is adjustable by just tightening down on the U bolts on either end of the springs. They also do not affect the ride of your truck when you are un-loaded which is so nice.

Bob Minney
08-30-2002, 07:59 PM
I also put on a set of the hellwig helper springs, much better control when loaded. (F150 4X4) Not too tough a job with a floor jack.
Got them at www.jcwhitney.com

bubble boy
08-31-2002, 02:37 AM
add tranny cooler if you dont have one.

LB Landscaping
09-01-2002, 03:31 PM
Thanks again for all of your help!!! I have been checking out the new 2500 HD's the have some pretty sweet deals on 2002's right now so I might end up going with one of them.:dizzy:

Bill Davis
09-01-2002, 05:53 PM
glad we could help, those HD's are nice trucks

09-01-2002, 06:08 PM
i use an f150 95 w/302 trans is leaking and ive replaced the pan think its the rear seal but it pulls the 7x14 enlosed good thinking of putting a 4:10 rear in what will that do? it was suggested, my truck is a 95 with only 65k miles should i get a 250 or a new trans and rear gear???

bubble boy
09-01-2002, 06:18 PM
is getting a 250 going to really hurt financially? cause if you can swing it you'll be pleased.

you think your 150 pulls the trailer well...

09-01-2002, 06:27 PM
yes it would hurt for ther price of a new truck i saw an f250 on ebay for 13ooo but it had a 11ok miles on it how many miles is the ps diesel good for?

bubble boy
09-01-2002, 06:33 PM
specifically i don't know about the ps diesel.

around here, i know it's always a joke that the engine in any LCO truck, even gassers, is the last thing to go. with plowing, you'll lose trannies, brakes, bend frame, and have rust damage etc. before you're engine dies.

it's something that people just remark, but i think there's some truth to it.

09-01-2002, 06:52 PM
A PS should be good for 300K if well taken care of. Or even more. Regular oil changes with premium oil, and clean fuel and air filters are a must. Mine has 112K, I got it two years ago Labor Day weekend with 18 miles.

Dennis E.
09-01-2002, 07:16 PM
vs. gas? My old 97 with the 4.6.
Maybe 8-10 mpg. pulling the trailer.
The PSD is great. The truck does not even notice the weight behind it. The payments may be higher but what you'll save in fuel costs plus the piece of mind is worth it.
Plus my insurance rates went down. Don't know why and I did not ask!:D
On the PSD,regular maintenance is the ticket to longevity. Just like Paul said.

My last mpg. check was around 18. With pencil and paper. No computer stuff.