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Old 04-10-2014, 01:01 PM
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Broken leaf spring

2005 CCLB 4x4 6.0L

The rear passenger side (one) leaf spring broke. There's no noticable difference while driving but visually you can tell and it needs to be fixed before I want to haul anything with some weight. Has anyone replaced one on their own?

I had a spring shop quote me $625 just for parts which I said 'Thanks, I'll go somewhere else'. I've already checked ebay and some salvage yards that have some available at prices from: $75-199..

Looks like a project for me to take on to save money.

I will upload a picture once I'm off work to show what I'm working with as far as the busted spring goes.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:54 PM
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are you replacing the whole pack or just a leaf?

replacing spring packs is no big deal, just need tall jack stands to hold it from the frame at full extension of the springs, pull the nuts off the u bolts, lower the axle down, then pull the pivot bolts off and swap it out!

if you're going in after only one leaf, i'll leave the directions at that, because i wouldn't break a pack apart just to save a few bucks. not worth the risk IMO
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:34 PM
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the OEM ford 250 packs I have opened aren't under lot of force so 2 sets of c clamps
and you have redundant safety

heat and bend the spring pack clamps if need be and remove the center pin then open the pack by working the c clamps

i think having the truck suspended by the frame is the scariest part if the truck is lifted

Agreed I wouldn't replace a leaf in a pack with a broken one either I would probably go with both sides as a set
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:23 AM
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I've done the whole mix and match with leaf springs it's not hard but I found fairly often I would re break the one that was added, in various vehicles. I think it has something to do with the arch being slightly different, no two springs are identical. So you've go your one mismatch fighting the pack and it cracks.

Unless I was just missing something.

If you want to try and replace just 1 leaf. Get a new center pin bolt and nut( 7/16" or 3/8" they are both around on these trucks... dunno why), undo or if rusty just cut the bolt with a grinder. If cutting use c clamps because the pack will pop apart.

On superduty trucks I've only ever seen the second from the bottom break, in which case just slide out the old, and slide in the new. Install new center pin bolt and tighten up. If it's one of the other leafs(which of course is possible) you have to heat and bend the clamps, otherwise it's the same.

That said. I would just get a pair from the junkyard for probably less than 300$ and swap them in.... could be your excuse for an 08 spring swap.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:44 AM
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I uses a set of 12 ton jack stands on the frame took the wheels off lowered the axle down onto some 2 ton stands and it was really easy to swap Springs from there. If I was to do it again I would swap in 08and rear leafs.
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What makes the 08↑ leaf springs a better option? Higher arch ? Stronger?

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I have a set out of an 06, come on out to Va and get em.
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I have a set out of an 06, come on out to Va and get em.
I wish!. I appreciate the offer though

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Look at your rear leafs. You'll see that they are longer in the back than the front. The axle isn't centred in them....IIRC its 8" offset. The 08 leaf springs are longer in the front to centre the axle.

Better ride, less axle wrap... The longer the spring the nicer the ride
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@ Schlutzer

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