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NorthernIllinoisPlumber
post Feb 13 2010, 10:42 AM
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We have a 2002 Ford Windstar. Great vehicle, 118k. It has a hitch that can tow either our 1988 jayco PUP, or our utility trailer. It does not have the tow package. If we add it, we can tow the PUP. Are we talking about a tranny cooler and some heavy duty rear springs? The Ford dealer was no help as to info.



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post Feb 17 2010, 03:27 PM
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Oh yeah, I can't believe I forgot to mention springs! lol

I wouldn't replace the ones you have with heavier duty springs. It's a pain in the patootie!

Stop by any autozone, napa, advance auto, or other autoparts store and pick up a set of "universal helper springs." I use them on my Grand Caravan, and they're great! You just have to jack up the vehicle, taking the weight off the springs and install the helper springs. Depending on the springs, mine only use 1 bolt and a "u" bolt to attach. Takes me maybe 5 minutes to do.


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post Feb 18 2010, 02:50 PM
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QUOTE(grim509 @ Feb 17 2010, 03:27 PM) *

Oh yeah, I can't believe I forgot to mention springs! lol

I wouldn't replace the ones you have with heavier duty springs. It's a pain in the patootie!

Stop by any autozone, napa, advance auto, or other autoparts store and pick up a set of "universal helper springs." I use them on my Grand Caravan, and they're great! You just have to jack up the vehicle, taking the weight off the springs and install the helper springs. Depending on the springs, mine only use 1 bolt and a "u" bolt to attach. Takes me maybe 5 minutes to do.



I saw those helper things you mentioned. After they are installed, how is the ride? Smooth or rough? Also, when do you take them out?
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post Feb 19 2010, 03:45 PM
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QUOTE(NorthernIllinoisPlumber @ Feb 18 2010, 03:50 PM) *

I saw those helper things you mentioned. After they are installed, how is the ride? Smooth or rough? Also, when do you take them out?


As far as rough/smooth ride, it doesn't seem to change the ride any in our Caravan, but I had just replaced the rear shocks on it as well.

Actually, I just left them on the van, because I have a utility trailer I use often, and it just saved time. They're not hard to put on or take off. If you plan a long break between towing, I would remove them, then.

Having them in will definately help with the bounce, or "porpoising" of the tow vehicle while towing. Far as I know, if left on when not towing, they will not cause damage, just makes the van look funny with the rear end higher in the air. lol


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