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charlie66
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for a while i've been looking at getting new leaf springs for the rear or re-setting the old, namely because it sits low with a couple of people in the back, but empty sits just right. .. any arguments either way? like the ride height of the car as is and i'm worried about it being too high at the rear if i mess around with it. is there any test i can do to see if the rear leafs need redoing?


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Old springs sag over time and can loose their tension, not a fan of resetting unless the springs are new.

However, if you are happy with your current height, maybe an extra leaf to firm the spring up will solve your issues for the short term.

I replaced my stock leaf springs with a set of 2" lowered leaf springs (AKA reverse eye) and it raised the car an inch. It also handled a LOT better with the new springs, especially on corrugated roads.


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Charlie, avoid getting the springs reset (in Perth at least), as we have had no real joy, the last set were set lower than requested and only lasted about 500k.
As Moe says, reverse eye or mid eye for replacement.
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If the reset is done right, it should be heat treated.

I've had some done here by Carrolls and they were fine. But you can get new ones pretty cheap for Mustangs, so you gotta ask if it's worth doing the reset.


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Yes the heat treatment is lacking here from what I've seen.


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so Nassi...local options would be WA suspensions? or would it be better to get them shipped ex east and fit them myself as its a relatively easy job. (if the bolts arent rusted!)


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Talk to Frank, a couple of his customers are importing suspension setups have for early Mustangs among others. They a set of reverse eye for their race car, not sure if they have other sets. Anyway they use Wayne to ship the stuff so there is another option.
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ok got my shiny new leaf springs yesterday and before tackling the job, a couple of quick questions. Are the springs interchangable? or are they specifically left and right? as there doesnt appear to be any obvious markings on them.
also any easy proceedure to tackle the job or is it just a matter of taking the front bolts out first (as that appears to be the challenging one from most accounts) and work from there?


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With the car body supported on stands , undo the back first putting the weight of the diff on the jack or stands. or undo the shackles first and rest the back of the spring on the ground. That way you know the weight is pretty much of the front bolt which can be a prick if it is rusted.


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One more thing, when all the springs are bolted in place (loose) & the diff is U bolted in (tight), put the weight back on the suspension (that is put a floor jack under the diff & raise it until it just comes off the jack stands) before tightening the front eye bolts & rear shackle bolts.

Tightening the front eye bolts while the diff & springs are in droop will twist the rubber bushing out when you load it up.


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charlie66 wrote
ok got my shiny new leaf springs yesterday and before tackling the job, a couple of quick questions. Are the springs interchangable? or are they specifically left and right? as there doesnt appear to be any obvious markings on them.
also any easy proceedure to tackle the job or is it just a matter of taking the front bolts out first (as that appears to be the challenging one from most accounts) and work from there?


No LH or RH mate.
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Thanks guys for the info, I'll give it a crack in the next few days when I can spare the time.


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Anyone know the internal diameter of the leaf spring bushes. I don't want to pull out the old springs before I had all the parts to put the new ones straight back in. There seems to be 3 different sizes in the nolathane catalogue 12.6, 14.3 & 15mm internal diameter


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charlie66 wrote
Anyone know the internal diameter of the leaf spring bushes. I don't want to pull out the old springs before I had all the parts to put the new ones straight back in. There seems to be 3 different sizes in the nolathane catalogue 12.6, 14.3 & 15mm internal diameter


i would prefer using rubber bushes rather than nolathane, not a big fan.


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Likewise.

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As a panel beater who often gets to deal with the damage done by nolathane (or any other non-rubber) bush, I wouldn't put em on my mother in-laws wheel chair, lest the wheel fell off and I had to do something 'nice' for her and fix it.

Nolathane is for , racers, ricers, tossers ( Headbanger ) and anyone that enjoys road noise. It is not for a car already suffering from 40 years of fatigue issues /end Ranting

Just last week, we did a VZ crappodore. We have to bench and measure it, as both towers had come away....the camber would not have looked out of place on a touring car.

Sorry, but i'm a rubber man Poke

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