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Old 10-22-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Sagging Leaves or Shocks on Tow Vehicle

Our 1994 Suburban is beginning to sag in the rear end when hooked to our Salem Ultra-Lite trailer. Weighing it our local CAT scales, too much weight isn't the problem. In having it inspected today by our local, and trusted tire/shock dealer, they indicated they could replace the aging shocks with either OEM, air or self-adjusting rear shocks. Another option would be to add another leaf to the suspension on each side. Given the age of the truck, their recommendation is to install NAPA self-adjusting shocks at app. $150 a pair.

Anyone have experience with this brand and model of shock, or other thoughts.
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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One option you may consider: I had to add "heper springs" to my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 after I bought it. When I hooked up the TT the truck would "washboard" while going down the road. My previous truck, a 2007 GMC Sierra Z71 2-wd didn't do this with the same TT. Making adjustments to the WDH made no difference. A friend who works at the local truck accessory place recommended them. I believe they were "Hellwig" brand and only one leaf. The installation was simple and they did make a great improvement.
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:17 AM   #3
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Given the age, I would just have a new set of springs installed.
Add a new pair of shocks too.


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IF you feal safe with all the Weight held up by (2) 1/2" shock rods take their advice! Youroo!!
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IF you feal safe with all the Weight held up by (2) 1/2" shock rods take their advice! Youroo!!
What would you recommend?
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New springs and shocks.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:01 AM   #7
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Given the age, I would just have a new set of springs installed.
Add a new pair of shocks too.


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Given the age, I would just have a new set of springs installed.
Add a new pair of shocks too.


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X3 or maybe X4

Shocks aren't the reason the vehicle sags.
The problem is that the springs have weakened or were stressed beyond their elastic limit at some point.
Get new springs.
And if you go to the trouble and cost of replacing the springs, it makes no sense to put old shocks back in.
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Given the age, I would just have a new set of springs installed.
Add a new pair of shocks too.


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Air assist bag would also help.
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