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Rogan

Overload spring cushions on 3500

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I'm curious as to where you can get the overload springs cushions for my 3500. My dually seems to be missing them. Everytime I hit a bump you can hear the overload springs slap the stops, as it is metal to metal.From the Galaxy S3

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Check out a 2002 Dodge Ram and you find that the stops are rubber coated. Strange though my truck NEVER hits the stops unless it loaded plum full of firewood then you might hear the helpers bang on the stops now and then. :think: I'm just a little 2500... :shrug:

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3rd gen's have them, and I wonder if you could adapt those to work?I have to have nearly 3.5K in my bed to hit them static, and not sure when I hit them while driving as I don't feel it.

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[ATTACH]4431[/ATTACH]As you can see they're touching. This is with the empty trailer hooked up.From the Galaxy S3

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As far as I know they are. I am missing one isolator (right rear). From the Galaxy S3

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Piece of rubber radiator hose and a hose clamp? (Redneck solution)

I ain't above that method! LOL From the Galaxy S3

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Y'all got me concerned now, unless that Western Hauler bed is just that damned heavy...From the Galaxy S3

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That isn't a factory overload setup, factory is just two leaf for your year of truck and it looks like you have 5, someone added the 3 bottom leafs. It requires 3500 lbs before my overloads will start to touch.

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so you think it not that the truck suspension is too low, but rather the overload main leaf is just closer to the pads due to the additional thickness of the overload pack?

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so you think it not that the truck suspension is too low, but rather the overload main leaf is just closer to the pads due to the additional thickness of the overload pack?

That would be my best guess, I can't say for certain from here lol. If you removed the 3 extra springs that would likely gain the right distance between the springs and rubber pads. It would certainly help the ride if you don't need the extra capacity.

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Torklift sells the bumper pads that bolt onto the 'L' shaped stop that is connected to your frame. The bumper pad is kind of in the shape of a trapazoid and actually is much thicker than the standard isolator pad that comes stock on the truck.I run then on both my 2nd gen and 3rd gen. They engage the spring pack much sooner than the stock pad and there is no sag in the truck when you load it up. I don't notice any rougher ride with them as compared to the stock set up.

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Go to your local hardware store and buy four rubber (Fernco) couplings. I am pretty sure you need 3" ones. Slide them on your stops and you should be fine. My truck has been like that for over 11 Years! post-18-138698192115_thumb.jpg You would want the straight ones.......

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I may be imagining things... I have only a 2500/8800gvw... but in the OPs truck: I think I'm seeing a piece of steel above the frame and below the rear body cross members... that the overloads are hitting. Is that part of the bed? I'm not seeing the stops. If I'm seeing it right, this steel would be making contact before the suspension has a chance to work.

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Are those the OEM overloads? You have an isolator on one side, but not the other.

That's what I am wondering also. Did someone change the original overloads to an aftermarket version and it doesn't fit the same and contacts the stops prematurely. The stock overloads on both my 2nd gen and third gen have only two leaves. That's why I am thinking yours have been replaced with an entirely different overload spring pack.

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This truck is so hodge-podge, aftermarket OL packs wouldn't surprise me..

BTW, the Fennco 3" coupler lasted 4 days before it made it's exit.. It was really loose on the contact mount; it probably just fell off..

How do you secure yours to stay?

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I may be imagining things... I have only a 2500/8800gvw... but in the OPs truck: I think I'm seeing a piece of steel above the frame and below the rear body cross members... that the overloads are hitting. Is that part of the bed? I'm not seeing the stops. If I'm seeing it right, this steel would be making contact before the suspension has a chance to work.

Russ, that piece you see is inboard of the actual spring mounts/stops. It's part of the bed..

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