Helper Springs Installed

Monday, 25 October 2010 – By Bernie

OK, these babies are heavy! Also, assembly is required. No problem, a couple of wrenches and I was good to go.

Here are the Helper Springs right out of the box.

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A few twist of the wrench, and here is the end result.

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If I can do it, then you know it can’t be all that hard.

For some reason, I can’t find the picture of them install on the van. I will look some more, and if I don’t have any luck, I will take another picture some time and update this article so you can see them fully installed.

UPDATE: Here is that lost pic!

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This particular set of helper springs not only help with the weight of the load, but it will adjust so that the helper springs do nothing to interfere with the ride of the vehicle until so much extra weight comes into play. Also, depending on the install, you can also use them to adjust the ride height of the vehicle. The U-Bolts at the ends of the helper springs is where you make this adjustment.

Since my trailer jack hits the pavement way to much, and is now bent backward, I set the springs to also give me some extra height. The height of the hitch was 12″ before the install. Not sure what it was when the trailer was lowered down. Now it is at 15 3/4″. I have not towed the trailer with this improvement, but I know I will get more stability and I don’t think I am going to be having the “Jack Drag” problem any more. If I do, I got a wrench to give me some more height!