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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Clint86, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Clint86
    Joined: Mar 15, 2014
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    So I've been watching my trucks leaf springs ever since I bought it in 2010 because they never looked like they had much spring left in them. Recently, I noticed that the curve is now starting to go up and the ride is getting rougher. The truck's a 59 F100, can anybody point me in the direction of some reasonably priced springs? Or can anybody tell me what a reasonable price would be for all 4 springs? I've checked lmc truck and they want almost $300 a spring, that seems a bit steep to me.


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  2. 1971BB427
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    from Oregon

    General spring has them for half that price. They're in KC, so a little shipping too, but $159 ea. (fronts) $229 (rears) You didn't mention which end you need? They also have dimensions on their site, in case you want to look for something in a donor that might be available. The rears are common for a lot of years, so you can go clear up to 1972 and find the same dimensions.
    http://www.generalspringkc.com/Leaf_Springs_Ford_F100_1942_1972_s/1863.htm
     
  3. Rusty O'Toole
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    There should be a spring shop near you. They can rearch your springs, or replace them for a reasonable price probably under $100 a spring, installed.

    Let them do the job, it will probably be cheaper than shipping them and installing them yourself.
     
  4. Mr48chev
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    Leaves removed to lower the truck? That is the most common cause of sagging springs on a leaf spring truck outside of years on end of being overloaded all the time.

    I'm like Rusty O'toole in that I'd start my hunt at the local spring shop and expand it from there.
     

  5. Clint86
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    I'm not even aware of a spring shop near me, guess I'll have to start looking for suspension shops. Found a set being sold on eBay for $750 brand new, seem reasonable to y'all?


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  6. Rusty O'Toole
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    Are there any truck repair garages in Jacksonville NC? I guarantee you, they will know the best spring shops if there are any.

    Not many cars use leaf springs anymore but lots of trucks do.
     
  7. czuch
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    from vail az

    Re-arch and restack.
     
  8. castirondude
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    i had my springs re-arched by Atlas spring here in Austin TX.

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  9. Clint86
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    Re arching won't solve all my problems, it might in the front but, somebody before me swapped a rear out and it's a different leaf count from the other. One side has 7 leaves and the other side has 6.


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  10. Finnrodder
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    I bought a 4" lowering leafs for my shoebox from St Louis spring company.They have an excellent service and fair pricing.They asked around 220 bucks of a pair.
    Maybe they can help you too?
     
  11. hans mercman
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    Digging up old i know, but does anyone know a shop that will rearch in the Houston Area? ive stopped by a couple shops on the North side they dont it, cant even point me to someone who does.
     
  12. Check with an older big truck repair shop in your area, or someone like Truck Parts Specialists in Houston. I'm betting someone still performs the craft there. I was around it for 26 years, but not now.
     
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