Here is our Leaf Spring Overhaul continued, for those of you just reading this you can read a little on the removal here. You can see from the image below the condition of the removed springs. The had corroded and sagged over time and the vehicle was sitting flat. We sent them out to Portlaoise Springs to have them re-arched and also have a leaf added.
Let’s see how it went.
While waiting on the springs to be refurbished, we took to cleaning and painting some of the spring hardware, front hanger and mounting plates etc.
We were very pleased with how the springs turned out, they came back painted with the old bushes pressed out.
Portlaoise Springs were able to supply us with new U Bolts, unfortunately the old bolts could not be matched as they were imperial, they were a 1/2″ Diameter and we replaced them with 14mm diameter. not a big issue we just needed to drill out the bottom leaf plate by about 1mm.
Some of the bushes looked tired to say the least, below you can see the condition of two of the old bushes. We replaced the spring bushes with poly bushes and also replaced the rear spring shackles with the correct parts, the ones that were fitted where just made up with flat bar.
You can see the springs refitted below, should have painted up the U Bolts. The spring isolator bushes where actually in decent condition so we didn’t replace them.
The end result
Now let us see the end result, the back is sitting a couple of inches higher. You can really see the difference when compared with the images in the previous post. Now the only question is do we drop the front to give us a little more rake.
Hope you enjoyed reading our leaf spring overhaul continued post, stay tuned for more little jobs we have lined up.