A helper spring is an extra spring, which is placed on top of a vehicle's original leaf springs. Helper springs assist in making the leaf springs stiff. When the leaf springs are stiff, this prevents the vehicle from sagging, due to pressure from the vehicle's weight. The helper spring is secured in place by shackles, which are wrapped around the original springs. Adding helper springs to each leaf spring stack, offers the same result as adding new, original springs, however, helper springs are much more cost effective. Helper springs are typically used on vehicles, which have worn out springs, or on trucks, which tow frequently. Frequent towing, or worn out springs, cause the vehicle to sag under its weight. Helper springs are popular, due to their ability to be adjusted by the vehicle's driver, if desired.
When weight is put on the leaf springs, they flatten out, in order to reduce the amount of shock, which is sent to the vehicle's frame. When a helper spring is attached, the shackles on either end, roll on to the old leaf springs, which creates less resistance, which eliminates fatigue built up , in the springs. Using helper springs increases the vehicle's handling, and performance. The vehicle's shape is restored, where it was once sagging. Some vehicles' load capacity may be increased, with the use of helper springs, depending on the design of the vehicle's suspension.
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