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What to Look for When Assessing Your Current Suspension

If you have ever driven in a homemade cart as a child, you will have some idea what it would be like to have a vehicle without a suspension. You would feel every bump in the road, and the jostling and vibrations would likely loosen all of the bolts and fasteners holding your little vehicle together.

Years later, you’re all grown up and drive a modern vehicle. How would you assess your current suspension to avoid those bumps, making sure that it is doing its job correctly?

How to Diagnose Worn Leaf Springs

One of the easiest ways to tell if your leaf springs are worn or saggy is to have your vehicle parked on an even surface and then look at your car or truck at the front and the back to see if one side is sitting lower than the other. If it is, then you would do well to further inspect the leaf springs to see if they are loose due to settling, damage or cracking, distortion or excessive wear. All of these could be the cause of your vehicle sitting lower on one side. If you can't tighten them in place, then look into replacements for the good of your vehicle.

When it comes to determining if you need to increase the load capacity of your leaf springs, there is nothing more obvious than observing them in use under a heavy load. If your vehicle is loaded with a heavy weight and you find that the vehicle is sitting too low such that it bottoms out when you are going over bumps, you may need to purchase bigger leaf springs that will carry a heavier load. This can sometimes become necessary if you are attaching a heavy trailer or installing a snowplow onto your vehicle.

When You Need Advice Turn to the Experts

If you are trying to decide if you need to increase the capacity of your suspension system with a leaf spring upgrade, or if you simply need to replace your worn or saggy leaf springs to bring your suspension back to the factory default setting, the team at General Spring has the knowledge and experience you need. We have been authorities in the leaf spring and suspension business for almost 50 years. In this time, we have acquired the knowledge to understanding what it takes to find, design and install the right suspension products to meet the needs of our customers.

We ship directly from our warehouse, so we can inspect for the quality of your order before it delivering it to you. We also have the ability to custom design leaf springs for your unique needs if there is not an available model that will do what you want. So, if you are ready to improve your suspension we are ready to help. If you are local to New Century, KS call us at 913-829-0619, and national customers can call us toll free at 1-888-829-0619. You can even contact us online right now!

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2008 - 2016 Ford Super Duty rear leaf spring, 6(5/1) leaf, 4400 lbs capacity


  • Spring Capacity = 4400 lbs
  • Width = 3
  • # of Leaves = 6(5/1)
  • Measures (A/B) = 33-1/4 x 33-1/4
  • Pack Thickness = 3-3/8
  • Bushings Included
  • Sold Per Side - Order Quantity 2 for a pair

Our Price: $199.99
2010 - 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500 4x4 rear leaf spring, 4(3/1/3 Pads) leaves, 2800 lbs capacity

  • Spring Capacity = 2800 lbs
  • Width = 3
  • # of Leaves = 4(3/1/3 Pads)
  • Measures (A/B) = 30-1/2 x 30-1/2
  • Pack Thickness = 3-1/2
  • Bushings Included
  • Sold Per Side - Order Quantity 2 for a pair

Our Price: $199.99
2011 - 2015 Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra 2500HD rear leaf spring, 2700 lbs capacity, 5(4/1) leaves

  • Spring Capacity = 2700 lbs
  • Width = 3
  • # of Leaves = 5(4/1)
  • Measures (A/B) = 29 x 34
  • Pack Thickness = 3-1/16
  • Bushings Included
  • Sold Per Side - Order Quantity 2 for a pair

Our Price: $239.99