Roger that...This is Houston...Find the time to flip those overloads and report back. Over. :waytogo:Huston Problem Update:
unloaded wife's equipment from the truck.
Springs are back to "normal" (photos attached)
Truck height adjusted such that the rear is now 1.6" HIGHER so a change in rear height from loaded to unloaded = +2.6"
I guess that means that the OE 6-lug springs are weak in the pants too..
maybe the equipment was more than a couple hundred lbs total.
I just did a quick estimation of the weight of all the items in the back of the truck and added them and came out at 430lbs, so if I'm 25% wrong the load is 322-537 lbs if I'm 50% wrong that's 215-645 lbs
According to the manual, with 1-2 occupants (it's a regular cab so there won't be more than 1-2 occupants) the cargo weight rating of both the 2WD 5-lug and the 4WD 6-lug is 1100 lbs. And it appears as though we very probably aren't exceeding more than 58% of that (645/1100 = 58%)
What the heck?
do I just need stronger springs?
if the springs are that weak with that much load, should I worry about the tires being OK?
Something else I just realized too...you are using the 6 lug overloads. You can either flip them over to raise the truck and help with loads (and help keep the leafs from sagging even more since this is a common issue with them) Or you can use your stock 5 lug overloads which are also nice and curved and use them flipped in the "happy" (smiling) position. Either ones will help your situation. Maybe compare the curves of the 5 lug ones to the 6 lug ones when you have things apart. Then use the ones you decide on.