Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-06-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
Milhaus's Avatar
Trade: Residential Remodeling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 378
Rewards Points: 254

Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

I pull my trailer most days, and the tail end of my truck sags. Not horribly, but enough that I notice. Without it, the truck sits at stock height as far as I can tell. The shocks look like they need to be replaced. I'm considering putting on monroe load-leveling shocks. Any one have any experience using them to compensate for tongue weight of the trailer?
They say they will add carrying weight of 1100 lbs. I would imagine that translates to somewhere around 110 lbs of tongue weight.


Milhaus is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!




Old 04-07-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
Box Builder
Morning Wood's Avatar
Trade: Pretty much anything with wood and some metals
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rockport, MA
Posts: 5,715
Rewards Points: 8,958

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

1st you need to know if you're current trailer has the proper tongue weight. 10-12% for bumper pull. Second, if you know the weight of the trailer and the tongue weight do you need a weight distributing setup? If you are looking to increase your rear ride height in your truck I would not put the extra weight on the shock mounts. I'd put it on the springs and axles. Just replace your shocks with good quality shocks (Bilsteins)


Morning Wood is offline  
Old 04-07-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
TimNJ's Avatar
Trade: Remodeler
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 5,208
Rewards Points: 2,700

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

How old is your truck? Your springs may just be tired out.
TimNJ is offline  
Old 04-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #4
loneframer's Avatar
Trade: residential framing/siding/general carpentry
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Vineland, New Jersey
Posts: 14,225
Rewards Points: 12,202

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

If you depend on your shock mounts to carry extra load, you will definitely be let down at some point. If you have rear leaf springs, it's fairly inexpensive to get a leaf added. The last time I had it done, it was under $300 for both sides. If you have coils, either replace them or look into airbags to stiffen them up.

"Walking the fine line between production and perfection"

loneframer is offline  
Old 04-07-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
We Fix Houses's Avatar
Trade: Remodeling / Carpentry
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Greensboro, NC
Posts: 1,655
Rewards Points: 1,984

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

Correct - shocks don't take up for a sagging rear. At least check with a spring shop first.
We Fix Houses is offline  
Old 04-08-2010, 12:21 AM   #6
Kgmz's Avatar
Trade: General, Electrical, and Plumbing Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Portland, OR & Eatonville, WA
Posts: 1,300
Rewards Points: 500

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

You say it doesn't sag that much, but enough to notice. How much did it sag and what kind of tongue weight do you have on it.

You have to expect it to sag some or you would just have a solid axle bolted right to the frame with no suspension.

Also what kind of truck and model, 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton. Are you pulling and carrying more weight than your truck can handle, like with a 1/2 ton.
Kgmz is offline  
Old 04-08-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
Cole82's Avatar
Trade: GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 4,131
Rewards Points: 2,276

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

I took them off my f150 (came with it) and it lowered the rear about 1" with no load on it. With a load on it (trailer) I didn't seam to notice a differance in squat.

The boss of awesome
Cole82 is offline  
Old 04-09-2010, 10:45 AM   #8
Head Grunt
woodchuck2's Avatar
Trade: Electrical Contractor&Home Maintenance
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Creek, NY/Lower Adirondacks
Posts: 3,270
Rewards Points: 2,196

Re: Monroe Load Leveler Shocks

If you want to keep ride height and keep you quality of ride then go with air bags. You can find air bags for $300 with mounts, compressor and controls will run yah another couple hundred bucks. I would stay away from the shock idea, good way to break off or wear out the shock mounts with extra load stress that they were not designed for.

Here is an air bag system for GM 2500HD
Here is the compressor system
Cost less than $500 and only a couple hours to install.


Last edited by woodchuck2; 04-09-2010 at 10:51 AM.
woodchuck2 is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sagging floors, over spanned joists, load bearing walls without support and more technique Remodeling 104 05-14-2010 04:16 AM
Concerns About Point Load burchis Carpentry 7 11-02-2009 10:46 PM
In-wall timer load DesignerGuy Electrical 8 01-26-2009 11:08 PM
removing load bearing wall question. auctionimage2 Construction 6 12-19-2008 12:41 PM
Load Leveler Magnettica Electrical Picture Post 2 03-16-2008 10:29 AM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for

At we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?