S10 leaf springs okay for ocassional wood hauling?

S10 leaf springs okay for ocassional wood hauling?

Postby hearsay [OP] » November 26th 2017, 2:06pm

Hey all,

This is my first post to the forum after a couple months of snooping. I've got a new-to-me 2000 AWD with 176k that I'm trying to get ready for the rutted Forest Service roads of the Gila National Forest of Southwest New Mexico. Our other vehicle is a Toyota Prius, so I'm trying to go polar opposite on that with our van.

When looking at lift ideas, I think I've settled on Wimpy's 2+1 lift and max out tire size within the wheel wells after the lift for added ground clearance.

One of the reasons for getting the van aside from getting on rougher roads for family camping was to be able to haul some firewood for the wood stove. My understanding of the S10 springs is that they are arched more for increased lift on our vans, but hauling capacity is less than the stock Astro's. I've got seriously sagging springs right now, and need to replace with something. Will the S10 leafs cut it for heavy loads a few times a year? I'm sure they are more than adequate for our family of 4 with lightweight tent camping gear the remainder of the year....
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Re: S10 leaf springs okay for ocassional wood hauling?

Postby markmitch » November 26th 2017, 5:01pm

I previously owned a stock suspension 4x4 S-10 truck and hauled tons of scrap metal while towing vehicles behind my S-10 truck and never had a suspension problem. I used that truck hard for 4 years then sold it and still had no suspension problems. So I would have to say go for it.

or go new dwww.generalspringkc.com/Leaf-Springs or
www.sdtrucksprings.com/Leaf-Springs
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Re: S10 leaf springs okay for ocassional wood hauling?

Postby Captn.Crunch » November 26th 2017, 5:29pm

Oh ya!
I did the S-10 spring swap and love it. I’ve loaded 1/2 a ton of bagged mulch behind the rear seat! If you load wood from the center you can haul and barely see the rear settle
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Re: S10 leaf springs okay for ocassional wood hauling?

Postby Rinny » November 26th 2017, 7:30pm

I have there and the truck is a beast for hauling and towing
1995-2005 Chevy / GMC Astro and Safari - Leaf Spring (Rear - 4/1 Leaves) rated 2100lbs. Actually I might have a set in there that are made specifically for the van and rated at 2150lbs. Maybe from general spring co.
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