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Old 03-01-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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leaf or rear coil springs

Dodge is now bragging that they use rear coil springs instead of leaf.

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:58 AM   #2
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Are they talking front, rear or both?

Front yes a better ride.

Rear no, great for a soccer mom but not as stable with a load.

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:06 AM   #3
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Coils can be more stable than leaf springs. Case in point is the Honda Ridgeline.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:27 AM   #4
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Drove a '72' Chevy 1/2 ton with coils in the back for several years. I was not impressed. Rode nice when empty and would go like a bandit, but didn't handle well when loaded. I am sure there have been many improvements in the engineering but I remain sceptical.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:37 AM   #5
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New Dodge

Coil spring ratings vs leaf spring for Dodge; max payload is way down, max tow capacity stays same…new suspension is said to have great ride (I have not been in one) but carrying capacity took a big hit (no surprise).

From Edmunds

New Gen Dodge 1500;
Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 9,100 pounds.
Payload 1490#

1998 Dodge 1500
Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 9,100 pounds.
Payload 1810#

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:45 AM   #6
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My sequoia has coils and I will be putting some air bladders in them for towing. Leaf springs are the way to go if you want to tow... Hey that rhymes...

Anyway my old 75 dodge has both... The springs carry an air bladder so putting 4000 lbs in the bed is no big deal...

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:54 AM   #7
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Leaf vs. Coil

It has been my experience that rear coils get you a better non-loaded ride, but if you need to tow or haul heavy loads, rear leaf springs are much better suited for this task.. I have towed our 7400# 25FB with both 1/2 and 3/4 ton Suburbans. The half tons have rear coils, and the 2500's have rear leaf springs. The latter are much more capable.


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