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Engaging stock overload spring sooner

I have an 01 f250 that I use to haul my four wheelers on an atv deck in the bed and tow my ~6500 pound camper. Well it squats pretty good loaded up even with the weight distributing hitch setup correctly. Although air bags would be nice, I need a couple other things first (transmission cooler the main one). I am thinking there is a way to engage the factory overload sooner which would keep the rear end up a little better. Been searching around and thinking extended bumpstops to activate the overload would work. These are about 20 bucks for a set of two so would be about 40bucks for 4 and do the trick. Anyone done this? Pics or part numbers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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try timbrens

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Thinking of using these.
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You do not want those from ebay, those are bump stops which change when you frame bottoms out. If you are bottomed out, it will make for a harsher ride.

I thought someone made thicker top overload rubbers but do not recall.
Sounds like you need something like the timbrens or airbags.

I would do it right rather than trying to find a cheap temporary solution
You can find good used airbags for decent prices. Worst case, get just the airbags and air them up manually when towing till you csn afford everything else

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I am planning to replace the pads on the overload springs with these so instead of the overload kicking in when it's dropped 4 or so inches it will kick in around a 2 inch drop in rear ride height. Not actually replacing factory bump stops. If its already a riding on the overloads, you think it will ride rougher with the same load still on the overloads?

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Why not put a block on top of your leaf spring pack? This would certainly move the over load spring closer to the stops on the frame. Of course you may need a longer set of u-bolts, but it would work.

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Why not put a block on top of your leaf spring pack? This would certainly move the over load spring closer to the stops on the frame. Of course you may need a longer set of u-bolts, but it would work.

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I will look into that as well. Just weighing some different options. It's not terrible as is, just a bit more squat than I would like. Have a baby due in September so I'm trying not too spend too much money on non essential items.

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Ok makes more sense now. The ones you linked would be your cheapest route.

Adding a taller block on top of the leafs would work but you will only gain 3/4" before needing longer ubolts. Ubolts are not cheap plus you would need to figure out what you could use for a taller block.

I think your ride will be the same with this route

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here is an idea,

go to the junkyard, and pull some 350 springs(99-07 for direct swap) or 3" wide springs(any 4x4 ford from the 80-current f150-350 should work, minus 04 f150s)

then cut them to length if need be(i would use a angle grinder/saz-saw), and add them to the overload pack, or the main pack, (main pack will lift the truck/firm up ride, like a add a leaf), if you add them to the main pack, it might give enough lift to eliminate the factory block, giving the same height, and increasing the spring capacity, but it will firm up the ride.

might need some new u-bolts(good to replace anyhow, even if you are just going to add a block between the overload and main leafs), and new center pin,

just an idea if you have a local pick n pull and some tools, could be relatively cheap, ive been seeing a few super-duty land in them lately,

but just giving another option

end result would be something like this(just off google)

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