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Old 05-07-2004, 02:52 PM   #43
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What does it mean when you said you had the springs reworked? I was planning to replace mine on the 58, and I thought that spring can and do wear out, so can they be reworked or rebuilt?

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Ken,
Im my case the springs were cleaned up, new leaf installed, new clips and new bushings. According to the shop foreman, the arch of my springs looked ok. The free arch was about 5", measured from the center of the eyes to the top of the spring pack. During the disassembly and rebuilding, the individual leaves are inspected for cracks, corrosion, and defects.
If you need to have your springs re-arched, you might as well get new ones. There are very few shops that can do the heat treating required to restore springs to their original condition. Avoid any shops that re-arch the springs by bending them on a 'bulldozer'. Without the heat treatment, re-arching is only a temporary fix.
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:19 PM   #45
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My plan was to just get new springs - did you check into that, when I talked to Dexter, they said they could make me a set - either 1200 or 1500 lb. Trailer dry weight is about 3500 lbs and duel axle. Figured 1200 should be plenty, though 1500 would give me an extra margin - haven't decided yet

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Be careful! A lot of the springs nowdays are 1.75" wide and use 9/16" bushings and bolts. The original are 2" wide and use 5/8" bushings and hardware. You may need to replace your mounts, perches and other stuff.
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Yiks! I'll make sure I check that. Is there a problem if my springs are bad to weld new brackets on?

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Yiks! I'll make sure I check that. Is there a problem if my springs are bad to weld new brackets on?

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Wouldn't be a problem. But you want to check a full service spring shop to see if it's cheaper to build new ones to the original size. Springs are pretty cheap. Anyplace that does truck springs should be able to make them.

If you decide to weld on new brackets, you can buy all the parts in one trip to Northern Tool or any other trailer parts retailer.
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Thank you very much - big help, learned something new......

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