Spring unsprung?

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  1. zakimodo

    zakimodo Well-Known Member

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    Hi All

    This weekend I was installing some pinion angle shims. As such, I had to change out the center pin to one that was a little taller.

    I removed the driverside pin having forgotten to clamp the springs together (like I did on the passenger side) and only the bottom two short leaves fell off. The rest of the spring pack held together. I have never had leaf springs apart but would have thought that all of the leaves would have tried to separate.

    To add to my suspicion, when I jacked the car up. I noticed that the driver's side didn't sag near as much as the passenger side.

    These are ~11 year old SS springs (I think I have two drivers side springs, I know they are the same)
     
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    Longer leaves have clamps on their ends, will try to separate but won't fall off.
     
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    Good point. I didn't see them want to separate at all.
     
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    Might be normal as longer leafs usually have similar arcs- not a lot of pressure to separate. I rebuilt the original springs on my '68 cuda 383, arcs between the individual leafs was not that great, but still enough to require a clamp to assemble the center bolt. Good luck.