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Old 06-29-2013, 11:03 PM
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Suspension Issues on Ex - HELP

After towing about 10k (without wgt dist hitch) in my 03 excursion today, i crawled under the truck just to see how everything was looking/running. I noticed on the drivers rear, the front clamp that holds the leaf pack was bent outwards and appears to be broken. I know very little about supensions but would assume that this is clamp is pretty important for the leaf set.

So, I have a dilemma because I have to delivery the building supplies that are in the trailer weighing 10k on Monday. Is there anyway I can just limp with the clamp bent like that? Obviously I could squeeze the clamp back together but I am nervous it is just going to do the exact same thing once I re load the trailer on. How vital is the clamp to the leaf springs?

As I mentioned, I do not have a weight dist. hitch and fear this load is a bit tongue heavy. I put the same trailer/load behind my stock 00 f250 and it was very close to being maxed out (about 1/2" from bump stops just sitting). So I am reluctant to use that truck as I would hate to burn it out overloading it.

Anyway, any advice and input would be greatly appreciated as I am on a time crunch and have to have something figured out by Monday morning. Worst case scenario ill rent a box truck but would like to avoid spending that $$

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:10 AM
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That piece of steel that bent/broken is used to keep all the leaf springs aligned so they don't shift to the side on top of each other. I had a front one break on my old 99 f 350 and ran it like that for about a month... Probably not a good idea, but I didn't have a choice. As for it being on the rear with a load on it!?! I'm not sure if I'd do it unless I had no other choice.
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Just take a C clamp and squeeze it back as best as you can. You be fine as long as you limp along like you suggested. I'd get some airbags for that thing if your gonna tow heavy.

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