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    Default Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Hi guys

    A friend of mine is in the fencing business {Betafence ,wild fences] that need some help please. He drives a 3.0Tdci Ranger supercar 4x4 with 400 000 km and this vehicle works very hard every day although he looks very good after the bakkie.Now his problem is that he loads +_ 1 ton of wire on the bakkie itself and +- 1 ton of poles on the trailer that he tows and the air helpers on the rear leaf springs keep on deflating. I understand that these air helpers is not really designed for the job but he bought the vehicle 5 years ago with it already installed. What will be the most cost effective way for him to make the bakkie handle the heavy loads better? He drives 50% tar 40% gravel and 10% very bad roads and some of his work is even in the Freestate and Nortern Cape and we are in Mosselbay so its sometimes long distance.
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    Let him look at Camil suspensions. He can give Piet a call about feasibility of the product.
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    My Ranger carriers Concrete Fencing products and I also tow a trailer which tips the scales at approx 750kg. I had my rear leaf springs uprated by SpringRite. Hasn't given me a problem in the 6 years of use

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    Quote Originally Posted by mplester View Post
    My Ranger carriers Concrete Fencing products and I also tow a trailer which tips the scales at approx 750kg. I had my rear leaf springs uprated by SpringRite. Hasn't given me a problem in the 6 years of use
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    Fix the air helpers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    Fix the air helpers.
    I said the same but he say nobody wants to do it
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Look for LoadHog helper springs. Those are spring blades that run over the axle in addition to the normal standard leaf springs.
    It's much cheaper than any constant load aftermarket suspension and seeing that this friend of yours drives heavy loads regularly, it might make more sense than air helpers, which are good for occasional loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    Let him look at Camil suspensions. He can give Piet a call about feasibility of the product.
    Sorry I disagree, I destroyed 3 shocks in 1 year from bad roads. The shocks themselves are just to small, and expensive.

    I would look at going to a spring company, get extra leaf springs installed in the rear, get some decent shocks and look at maybe uprating the torsion bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    Look for LoadHog helper springs. Those are spring blades that run over the axle in addition to the normal standard leaf springs.
    It's much cheaper than any constant load aftermarket suspension and seeing that this friend of yours drives heavy loads regularly, it might make more sense than air helpers, which are good for occasional loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty View Post
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    I had earlier versions in my 60 series Landcruiser until I put in an Old Man Emu suspension. I think those helper springs only start taking a load once the main spring pack starts sagging a bit, so the ride empty isn't quite as harsh as it would be when adding a leaf to the pack. It doesn't compare with OME springs, but for the price it's good value I think.
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    Look for LoadHog helper springs....
    Had these fitted to an Isuzu bakkie. 1.4 tons and still stood level. Fitment is easy as well...

    If they DO need to repair, contact Gremeltech. I was once stuck with an air jack to be replaced and they offered to repair instead.
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    I phoned the guy from LoadHog,he say the sagged blades don't even have to be re- tentioned only put the LoadHogs on and it will work +_ R2600 bargain
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by Nitebob View Post
    Had these fitted to an Isuzu bakkie. 1.4 tons and still stood level. Fitment is easy as well...

    If they DO need to repair, contact Gremeltech. I was once stuck with an air jack to be replaced and they offered to repair instead.

    I had helper springs (used once) but with heavy camper Firestone air springs much better
    Still have the helper springs if anyone wants to make a reasonable offer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty View Post
    I phoned the guy from LoadHog,he say the sagged blades don't even have to be re- tentioned only put the LoadHogs on and it will work +_ R2600 bargain
    Same as on my old Cruiser. And re-shaping the old spring blades would only last a few months anyway, they loose tension pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    Same as on my old Cruiser. And re-shaping the old spring blades would only last a few months anyway, they loose tension pretty quickly.
    HugoNotte I spoke to SC my friend now,he says he will in any case have to replace his blade springs because the bakkie drives terrible they are like horizontal at this moment without a load,so maybe he must first replace the hole stack and then add the Loadhogs at the same time
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Somewhere in this forum I posted about helper springs I had.

    If I was to go back and do it again, I would just get an extra spring added to each pack. Not I big fan of re-shaping springs, it doesn't last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty View Post
    HugoNotte I spoke to SC my friend now,he says he will in any case have to replace his blade springs because the bakkie drives terrible they are like horizontal at this moment without a load,so maybe he must first replace the hole stack and then add the Loadhogs at the same time
    In this case he should get either a new set of springs or a good 2nd hand set. Don't try to have the old, flat springs fixed. It's not worth it.
    Then add the LoadHog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HugoNotte View Post
    In this case he should get either a new set of springs or a good 2nd hand set. Don't try to have the old, flat springs fixed. It's not worth it.
    Then add the LoadHog.
    Thats exactly what he is going to do
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Nowhere can he find a secondhand set of leaves and new ones at Ford R13000
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    Default Re: Suspension question on Ford Ranger

    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty View Post
    Nowhere can he find a secondhand set of leaves and new ones at Ford R13000
    If you have a spring manufacturer in the area let them make a set. That's what I did with mine. Removed the old and fitted a new made up set with brushes

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