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What’s the Difference between a SuperSpring and a Leaf Spring?

What’s the Difference between a SuperSpring and a Leaf Spring?

Knowing the difference between a SuperSpring and leaf spring should definitely be part of the basics of understanding the automotive suspension part system. Questions like this are likely to arise for someone who is new to the industry. There are several differences between a SuperSpring and leaf spring. Yet, there is one major difference: one is optional, the other is mandatory.

Let’s explore more about SuperSprings and leaf springs, how they work together and independently, if applicable, and why they are necessary for cars, vans, trucks, SUVs, and recreational vehicles.

Leaf Springs

Leaf springs are an absolute necessity for your vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you are operating a crane or driving a economy car, leaf springs are installed in every vehicle to provide a balanced suspension to all rides. To provide a better ride, you’ll want to consider replacing your factory leaf springs with some heavy-duty leaf springs manufactured by General Spring, an automotive leaf spring and suspension part distributor and manufacturer in New Century KS.

Upgrading your existing leaf spring suspension system with General Springs heavy-duty leaf springs ensures that you are getting a quality automotive part that is built with metal riveted clips with clip bolts to give your vehicle the added strength that will eliminate squeaking from that particular section of the spring. For the most part, leaf springs can work independently and depending on what you are towing and transporting, and how often, it may not be necessary to add any additional suspension parts. But for those vehicles that might need a little more help, SuperSprings could be your solution.

SuperSprings

SuperSprings are a suspension part that cannot work independently. It is designed as a supplemental suspension part for leaf springs to absorb the extra weight that is placed on it. It basically extends the life of your leaf spring system helping to maintain it’s bow-like shape to withhold all of that pressure.

It could be argued that if the leaf spring wears out, wouldn’t the SuperSprings as well? The answer is no because its design is built to work only when the existing leaf springs have come close to reaching its capacity. The way this system works is when the leaf spring flattens, the rollers on either side of the SuperSprings works against the pressure of the leaf spring that it is attached to.

Leaf springs can certainly work independently, but with SuperSprings, a load capacity increases by at least 30%. Furthermore, SuperSprings are easy to install. You can do it yourself or hire some professionals like the mechanics at General Spring to do it. If you prefer to install the SuperSprings yourself, General Spring will be more than happy to ship it out to you anywhere in the United States.

SuperSprings is a good way to increase your load’s capacity, but there are other options as well. It generally depends on what you are hauling and how often. For more information about leaf springs, SuperSprings, and other suspension parts, call General Spring at 888-829-0619 or contact us online today!

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SSA5 SuperSprings Helper Spring

SuperSprings Self-Adjusting Suspension Stabilizers work with your current suspension to reduce sway and increase load capacity while never needing any adjustments due to the roller design.

  • Increase Load and Tow Capacity without Increasing Ride Stiffness
  • Reduce Sway - Independently tested to give 29% improvement in driver control
  • Maintenance Free and No Adjustments Needed
  • Easy to Install - Most Kits Install in Less than 30 Minutes
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Sold as Kit - Order 1 per Vehicle
  • Free Shipping to Continental U.S.
  • Dimension - 44" Long x 3" Wide x .360 gauge
  • 950 Pounds Spring Capacity Increase

SuperSprings are progressive in nature in that they work on an as-needed basis. The installed springs are under nominal tension even when the vehicle is unloaded. This is so there is no rattle or noise and the patented rollers will activate automatically.

As a vehicle with rear leaf springs comes under load the factory springs react as they are designed to. The center of the springs move vertically causing the overall leaves to flex and flatten out. This movement in the factory spring activates the SuperSpring through the rollers at the end of each leaf. Because the SuperSpring rollers aSupersprings Shacklere under tension, a movement in the factory spring causes them to move, seeking their new point of least resistance. This simple roller principal allows the SuperSprings to activate and deactivate automatically, free of any manual adjustment.

The SuperSprings are length specific to fit varying sized leaf springs. In addition the different lengths typically are manufactured in light, medium and heavy duty strengths. The sole adjustment on the SuperSprings is found in the roller shackles at the end of each leaf. The typical shackle has two bolt holes, as shown in the diagram below though some single hole and three holed shackles are used. The most common installation involves positioning all four rollers in the lower (furthest from the eye of the SuperSpring / closest to the ground) bolt holes. This ensures the least amount of preload tension on the SuperSprings and keeps the vehicle closest to its original factory ride conditions. Upper bolt holes may be used if additional lift is desired in the vehicle; if clearance from obstructions is required or if the installation is on an older vehicle with some fatigue in the springs.

SuperSprings enhance load carrying capacity, handling and towing. Do not load any vehicle beyond the manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating.

Our Price: $249.99
SSA8 SuperSprings Helper Spring

SuperSprings Self-Adjusting Suspension Stabilizers work with your current suspension to reduce sway and increase load capacity while never needing any adjustments due to the roller design.

  • Increase Load and Tow Capacity without Increasing Ride Stiffness
  • Reduce Sway - Independently tested to give 29% improvement in driver control
  • Maintenance Free and No Adjustments Needed
  • Easy to Install - Most Kits Install in Less than 30 Minutes
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Sold as Kit - Order 1 per Vehicle
  • Free Shipping to Continental U.S.
  • Dimension - 44" Long x 3" Wide x .447 gauge
  • 1500 Pounds Spring Capacity Increase

SuperSprings are progressive in nature in that they work on an as-needed basis. The installed springs are under nominal tension even when the vehicle is unloaded. This is so there is no rattle or noise and the patented rollers will activate automatically.

As a vehicle with rear leaf springs comes under load the factory springs react as they are designed to. The center of the springs move vertically causing the overall leaves to flex and flatten out. This movement in the factory spring activates the SuperSpring through the rollers at the end of each leaf. Because the SuperSpring rollers aSupersprings Shacklere under tension, a movement in the factory spring causes them to move, seeking their new point of least resistance. This simple roller principal allows the SuperSprings to activate and deactivate automatically, free of any manual adjustment.

The SuperSprings are length specific to fit varying sized leaf springs. In addition the different lengths typically are manufactured in light, medium and heavy duty strengths. The sole adjustment on the SuperSprings is found in the roller shackles at the end of each leaf. The typical shackle has two bolt holes, as shown in the diagram below though some single hole and three holed shackles are used. The most common installation involves positioning all four rollers in the lower (furthest from the eye of the SuperSpring / closest to the ground) bolt holes. This ensures the least amount of preload tension on the SuperSprings and keeps the vehicle closest to its original factory ride conditions. Upper bolt holes may be used if additional lift is desired in the vehicle; if clearance from obstructions is required or if the installation is on an older vehicle with some fatigue in the springs.

SuperSprings enhance load carrying capacity, handling and towing. Do not load any vehicle beyond the manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating.

Our Price: $299.99
2011 - 2015 Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra 3500HD Chassis Cab heavy duty rear leaf spring, 5700 lbs capacity, 9 leaves

  • Spring Capacity = 5700 lbs
  • Width = 3
  • # of Leaves = 8
  • Measures (A/B) = 32 x 32
  • Pack Thickness = 4-3/4
  • Bushings Included
  • Sold Per Side - Order Quantity 2 for a pair

Our Price: $350.00