I've been looking up different ways to beef up my suspension on my '05 F350. My friend mentioned something that wedges between the main spring pack and the overload springs. I think he called it a stable load. Does anyone know who makes these or has anyone used one before?
Nope, haven't used a stable load before... not sure exactly what they are either. I assume you're talking about the rear suspension for your truck. I would go with add-a-leaf springs, helper springs, or air bags. Just my .02
What's your need behind wanting to beef it up? Stability while towing, stability while hauling in-bed, general sagging-*** syndrome? How much time is spent with the load you're trying to control vs empty? Like he^^^ said, airbags, add-a-leafs, Timbrens, Hellwigs, all those are other options depending on what exactly you want.
StableLoad looks like it's just a deal that bolts on to pull weight off the main pack and pushes it onto the lower overload earlier. Looks kind of gimicky to me, and like it might make the truck ride worse unloaded than before, but I've never used them so that's judign a book by it's cover: StableLoad
on my 2004 F350 i didn't like how it had saggy pant syndrome when i hauled my trailer, or a load of wood, dirt, pavers, cement block. I didn't want airbags, and lines all over to rot out so i went to a local spring shop and talked to the owner. Told him what i want and we discussed different springs. I ended up with this, stock thickness spring 3/8" thick arched to the stock specs as my stock leaf springs. I had them make it long enough to be an inch shorter than the second leaf from the main, so its now my third spring in my pack. it gave me approx 900lbs more capacity and it didn't hurt my ride quality at all. it cost me 125 dollars and me and my cousin installed the add a spring in about three hours on a Saturday
The truck is mostly a daily driver, but occasionally I need to haul a trailer and bed load of firewood. I also tow my jeep to the trails and I'm thinking about getting a camper. Since the truck is my driver, I don't really want to do anything that will make the ride too still when I'm just driving around town.
Add-a-leaf springs worked for me. I bought Tuff Country leafs a while back... I think they were about 70-80 bucks for a pair at the time. They took me about a 4 hours or so to put in... took my time, had a couple beers They were pretty stiff for about 2-3 weeks, but once they got broken in a bit they were a lot better. I can hitch up my dad's 30' travel trailer and, without even cranking up the torsion bars, my truck sags only about an inch. I also installed new u-bolts too. I just cut the old ones off. Anyhow.... my .02 again
Last edited by drey04; 02-08-2013 at 10:18 AM.
Tork Lift Stable Loads are a great way to get the overload springs to come into action earier if you are hauling a load already. I haul a camper that weighs 2600#'s and like my lower overload spring to be used sooner and provide stability sooner. It is a "block" that is bolted o the overload spring that removes the space that is normally there. They are available for either the upper overload spring that is optional on F250's and standard on F350's and also the lower overload spring that is standard on all Super Duty trucks. Not needed if you're not hauling a load.
i still like my add a leaf i had the spring shop make me. Ride isn't any noticeable rougher, these are 3/4 and 1 ton trucks remember, and i don't have to worry about a air bag blowing, a air line cracking, or little rubber bolt on pads rotting or breaking off