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My Series 3 88" (Santana) 1983 seems to sag at the back. I usually use it to collect 1 ton of sand (in a trailer) ,on road or go down the country lanes to the river, off road and it seems to have a low rear end. My question i need new leaf springs and if so which type would you recommend and what extra parts might i need. I realise this is basic to most of y'all but its all a bit new to me and money is limited.

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I would think that you should be able to have a local spring shop /truck suspension shop rebuild your existing leaf springs, you might even consider possibly adding an additional leaf?
Ask around, find out who is reputable in your area.

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If you have the capability to do some basic fabrication, your best bet would be to add in a set of air bag helper springs. That truck was not really designed to be a freight hauler. Every spring setup is a compromise anyway- if you add in more spring, it's going to be stiff as hell when unloaded. Even the helper style spring that theoretically only engages when loaded adds stiffness during regular use.

I have a set on my Excursion that occasionally sees some tongue weight on it. The bags make a world of difference. Without them, the truck would be un-driveable with my boat hooked to it.
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If you want to just go the stock-ish route there are companies out there that offer uprated springs and parabolic springs

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Parabolic springs are best for off-road. You can simply add larger shackles on the rear springs to raise the ride height.
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