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Old 07-10-2014, 06:43 PM
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Is this normal?


I was looking at my leaf springs and noticed that they have, what seems to me to be, an odd gap between the two leaves. I referenced the picture to my dads truck and his do not have the gap and we both have V codes up front. Is this normal? or are my front springs showing signs of wear?
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:06 PM
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Mine aren't like that.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:30 AM
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Does the top spring have any cracks in it? Seems like it may be broken since it's spread like that
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:03 AM
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Does the top spring have any cracks in it? Seems like it may be broken since it's spread like that

No cracks. Could this be caused by the hangar kit that the PO installed? I believe the front hangar is a 3inch but the rear hangar is stock. Could it be putting a weird strain on the spring?


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Old 07-11-2014, 04:28 AM
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I'm guessing on what happened. But what I think happened is your shackle bound up into the frame and your spring had nowhere to go and it bent when you compressed the suspension. Do you have any marks on the frame where the shackle may of hit?
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:41 AM
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I'm guessing on what happened. But what I think happened is your shackle bound up into the frame and your spring had nowhere to go and it bent when you compressed the suspension. Do you have any marks on the frame where the shackle may of hit?
I couldn't see any wear marks, but they could have worn away because the truck doesn't really get used as a "truck" anymore down here in key west . Is it safe to say this is why my truck rides like a 1913 horse and carriage?
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:30 AM
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It's possible. When your at ride height your shackle should be straight up and down. To cause that much damage it would of had to bottom out really hard. To test my theory you could get a go pro and point it to the shackle and hit a few bumps and see if it gets close to hitting. If you don't have a go pro get a few friends and bounce the front end while you watch it. With the bend in your spring your shackle is actually sitting farther from the frame. If you straighten it out it would be closer to touching. Again this is what I'm suspecting what happened. It's hard to tell from a picture. I would take measurements from your shackle bolt on the frame to your bolt For your spring on the hanger and compare your measurements to your dad's truck. I say to fix it you have to replace your springs and possibly move your front hanger forward or get a new hanger kit if your measurements are less than your dad's truck.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:48 AM
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Another thing I was thinking is if the bump stops are still at stock height and it has a 3" hanger kit. If it got bottomed out it would travel farther than it was intended to and cause damage also
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:12 PM
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It looks like the second leaf there just slid laterally which puts the center of the second leafy further towards the back of the truck from the first leaf. Loosen the u bolts and maker sure the center pin which holds all your leads together didn't break and cause the leaf to "walk" I've had this happen many tines on my heavily lifted trucks that see a lot of trail time just do to constant fatigue and over flexing, as you could possibly see from not having the bump stops lowered with the 3in level kit ..... Just another thought and possible place to take a gander
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