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Old 03-02-2013, 11:27 AM
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how to count leaf spring leafs??

Iv got a broken leaf on my truck and i can order individual leafs on rock auto but how do you count them?

top to bottom or vise versa???

here is a picture of the leaf



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Old 03-02-2013, 02:21 PM
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I believe its top to bottom, but could be wrong - My 6 spd is in need of a 4(th one down counting from the top) on my driver side.

LMK if you find out for sure, but I can only imagine that's how its done - and don't order the last one from Rock Auto!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:36 PM
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Odd...the same one is broke on my truck. Wonder how common this is?
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:14 PM
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Mine too, 4th from top, on the back end of the passenger side . . .

I don't tow heavy enough to need to replace it; plus I also have helper bags back there.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:16 PM
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I called my local spring shop - they informed me "They have to be replaced as an entire pack" and wanted $225 for the pack.

No - I know you can buy individual leafs - nice try.

And in my perusing the interwebs, I came across someone from a shop saying the top spring represents spring number 1 in the pack and you count downward (with the thicker spring being 5 in our case)

I'm going to call the junkyard tomorrow and see what they want for an entire pack - if its cheap enough I'll go that route for ease of installation. If too much, I'm just going to order a single leaf and put it in when it gets here.

Its really nice having 2 trucks - if 1 is down it is no longer a major issue. That being said, I have no clue how many thousands of miles I have been driving around with a broken rear leaf.

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I have the same problem and according to McVeighs' Truck Springs found on Ebay, it is very common for the #4 spring to break. I ordered mine from them for $52 (counting the shipping). Search for "NEW REAR REPLACEMENT LEAF '99-'07 FORD F-250, F-350 SD" and you will find what you need.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:34 PM
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This happened to my dad's CCLB SRW e99 about 8 years ago. He has a utility box full of tools all the time so the truck weighed about 10k pounds. A good spring shop will pull apart the pack and replace one for pretty cheap. He had them replace the broken one and add one on each side for $250.

Also, kind of interesting the shop had seen this issue a lot and said they believed it was because the springs were tempered in Mexico therefore they didn't do well in cold climates. I have no idea if this is true but seemed like a reasonable explanation.
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This happened to my dad's CCLB SRW e99 about 8 years ago. He has a utility box full of tools all the time so the truck weighed about 10k pounds. A good spring shop will pull apart the pack and replace one for pretty cheap. He had them replace the broken one and add one on each side for $250.

Also, kind of interesting the shop had seen this issue a lot and said they believed it was because the springs were tempered in Mexico therefore they didn't do well in cold climates. I have no idea if this is true but seemed like a reasonable explanation.
you rock man!!! ill be ordering one of those soon!
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Leaf Springs, Helper Springs and Suspension Parts | SD Truck Springs is where I bought all my stuff to replace everything above the rear axle on my truck. I had a broken spring as well and was afraid of just replacing one side. So I did both sides, shackles and u bolts. It raised the rear of my truck 2" from where it was when I started. I measured both because I wanted to know. It was very easy to do as long as you have the right tools. I am lucky I work at a place where I use BIG 3/4" socket sets and impact tools. Plus I had a fork lift at my disposal so I used it to lift the entire rear of the truck. -Jason
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