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Old 02-23-2011, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I need a stock height leaf spring!

I mentioned this in someone else's thread, but I decided to go ahead and make my own thread for it because I really need to know, and haven't been able to find any info elsewhere.
I have a spoa lift with stock springs and shocks. I'm going to replace the shocks with longer travel ones and higher/lower mounts for them for more travel room. But, what do I do for the springs? I want to just keep them, but one is bent. So, are there aftermarket better/softer springs I should get that don't lift the truck any (because I don't want it any higher) or should I just look for a replacement stock spring? And if so, where? I can't seem to find anywhere that sells the stock leafs.
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if you want stock you need to go to a scrap yard. There are aftermarket springs that are stock hight, but they cost more since they're made by off road shops and have special bends or wraps, or shims or whatever...

The only thing that will make your ride softer or smoother is a longer spring. This means relocating the hanger or using a drop shackle to extend the front mounting point out. You can use samurai rear springs up front, you can also use YJ springs. There are a few kits out there for the conversions. Since the stock front springs are practically flat, theres not much chance of you finding a spring that won't lift it a little bit. (unless using a stock or aftermarket stock sized spring)
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All the aftermarket stuff available today is going to give some lift.
The yards are your local option, but you may be able to get used stock springs from some of the vendors (Hawk, Trail Tough, Petroworks).
You may also be able to find some online at your favorite auction site. Just remember that a stock spring has probably been used hard for (at least) the last 16 years...
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So what do you guys recommend? I'm not sure what to do here. I dont want it any taller than it already is with the spoa. I don't want to have to worry about driveshafts, brake lines, etc. But my one is definitely bent and now I have noticed that the others are sagging I think... So I'm afraid another stock set will be sagging too. Also I found one guy who has a complete stock set and was willing to drive them to me (75 miles) all for $100. Is that an alright deal? How much would a scrapyard charge for a complete set of springs?
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$100 for four springs wouldn't be a bad deal. They're heavy to ship and freight is a killer. Problem is, they are probably as worn out as yours are. Another option woud be to check with a local shop about having yours re-built. They can take them apart and re-temper the steel to restore the arch. It's about the same price as a set of aftermarket springs, but, you'll get exactly what you want.
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I agree, that is a great deal for a set of stockers.
One option would be to get that set of stock springs and add a leaf* to each to strengthen the pack. Longer leaves will be softer, but see what is salvagable in your current packs. You will probably need to replace the U-bolts that hold the springs in place. You will definately be replacing the center bolt that holds the pack together.
This won't raise the vehicle much, but it will strengthen the old packs.

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When I say 'add a leaf', I mean inserting another stock leaf.
DO NOT use the 'Add-A-Leaf' kits that are out there. The leaves in those kits are too stiff and will turn your rig into a paint shaker!!!
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Even adding an extra stock leaf will make the suspension stiffer, though, won't it? Also can I add a leaf myself, or is this something that "has" to be done by a shop?
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Using a stock long (2d or 3d leaf) will stiffen it a little, but remember that you described your current leaves as starting to de-arch, so this will add a little more life to a set of stock springs.

You can pull the packs apart yourself using a large set of vise grips or a vise. Clamp the pack and remove the bolt. Then slowly unclamp the pack. Reverse order to reassemble.

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Cool, that sounds like what I need to do. I need to save any money I can because there are other things that need done. I might even drive the 75 miles to get the springs instead of having him bring them because I think he said he only wanted $40 for the set if I pick them up. Plus, he might have some other stuff I want when I see it. I never knew leaf springs were that easy to take apart.
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