W900L Front Springs

Discussion in 'Kenworth Forum' started by Asanchez, Mar 1, 2024.

  1. Asanchez

    Asanchez Bobtail Member

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    Has anybody swapped from a 4 spring front spring to 2 spring set up? Looking to get a better ride. Truck is a 1996 W900L pulling end dump got on the scale and front axle weighed about 9800 pounds loaded

    Also any advice about dealing srping hangers to K100 would be appreciated
     
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  3. MM71

    MM71 Heavy Load Member

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    I changed out to 3 leaf packs when sag warranted replacement on mine. I'm happy with them. Dont know what you run for rubber. But if you want a better ride, top tier steer tires like michelins and the taller the rubber the better for ride quality. Love me some 11r24.5 16ply Michelin X Line Energy Z steers
     
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  4. Asanchez

    Asanchez Bobtail Member

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    I run the same brand except for low pro 24.5. Do you by chance have a part number or picture of the 3 leaf?
     
  5. Vampire

    Vampire Medium Load Member

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    For your w900…Best ride would be air ride front end. If you want a better turning radius, swap in a wide track front axle. Be sure to put in the updated spring hangers as well.

    Wide track Front axle: Meritor MFS+ 12k or 13,2k

    Updated rear of front Spring hangers (mechanic will have to drill new holes in frame. It’s worth it…throw out that old spring hanger, as they are the source of cracked frames…there’s a reason they updated to the one below):
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    BESTfit Steel Shackle Hanger Cast #B11-1033 Replaces B11-10347 For Kenworth

    There’s a bunch of air ride kits out there. Some are cheap and problematic. Others are well built. The updated 12 gauge kits are much beefier. People had issues with their previous kits. But, which one you choose is up to you. Just don’t cheap out on it.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. lester

    lester Midwest's #1 Feed Hauler

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    are you not maxing out your gross weight when loaded? Or why are you running your front so light?
     
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  7. Asanchez

    Asanchez Bobtail Member

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    That’s usually how this truck has always scaled sometimes a little bit over 10k. Usually carrying 84,000
     
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  8. Asanchez

    Asanchez Bobtail Member

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    Thank you I’ll check them out
     
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  9. Asanchez

    Asanchez Bobtail Member

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    I mean weighing 84,000 not carrying
     
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