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Unread 09-10-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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Damage to leaf spring.

Hey everyone, the other day I was a 4way stop and I was hit by someone who did not have the right of way. Good thing I had a 4 inch lift on it because my right side fender would have been trashed. At first look, only the standard metal bumper got bent in. Then with further inspection later it turns out my right front leaf spring was also damaged. Look at the pictures, I was wondering if you think I should replace it. I'm asking because I REALLY don't want to have to replace it. But I am assuming that I will have to. The second picture shows the front. It looks ok but I included it because I want to show that plastic piece that is sandwiched between the separate leaves is still intact. I hope I explained that correctly. In the rear you can see the leaves have seperated and the plastic piece has detached. Do I need to replace the spring?

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Unread 09-10-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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I would replace it if it were mine, especially since the accident was not your fault and I'm assuming the other driver's insurance will have to cover it. Maybe you can get a "free" new suspension???
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Unread 09-10-2011, 11:27 AM   #3
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I would replace it too... But you can buy the single leaf spring and its not too $$$ or as time consuming as replacing them all
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Unread 09-10-2011, 11:31 AM   #4
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Of course you should replace that spring. If it fails, what is going to happen to the axle ?

You should also be looking at the axle for additional damage to the knuckle, steering, ball joints, axle tube, or anything else with the axle/suspension that could be damaged by a hit hard enough to damage a leaf spring.
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Unread 09-10-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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I would replace it if it were mine, especially since the accident was not your fault and I'm assuming the other driver's insurance will have to cover it. Maybe you can get a "free" new suspension???
Yeah I wish. It was late at night and no witnesses. Both of us are claiming we had the right of way (BS) and so both insurance companies are not paying up because there is no proof of fault. Typical...

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I would replace it too... But you can buy the single leaf spring and its not too $$$ or as time consuming as replacing them all
I think it's like $90 for one. The other guy's front right side was all messed up. I just have to replace my bumper (already done) and my leaf spring, a total of like $200. He probably will have to shell out, easily, over $1000.

It's not the money that irks me. I just don't want to put the thing on. I just installed this lift 3 months ago. Oh well, I have no choice. Thanks guys!!
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Of course you should replace that spring. If it fails, what is going to happen to the axle ?

You should also be looking at the axle for additional damage to the knuckle, steering, ball joints, axle tube, or anything else with the axle/suspension that could be damaged by a hit hard enough to damage a leaf spring.
At an eye's glance, it looks fine. Nothing glaring out to me. I'll get a closer look today, though. Thanks.
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It's not the money that irks me. I just don't want to put the thing on. I just installed this lift 3 months ago. Oh well, I have no choice. Thanks guys!!
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What brand of lift is it?
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Unread 09-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #10
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You might be able to take the spring apart and have it repaired, but replacement is probably a better plan.
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Ya you could just get new pins and a Teflon pad to repair it but I agree with the other, replacing is the easiest method. Besides you don't want it to sag prematurely later on
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I would just replace all the springs right away. It's only a matter of time till it sags, and I would replace that one, it's not at 100% which is leaving it weaker to break, whether on the street or on the trail, if money isnt a problem, take it to the local suspension shop and see what they say and have them do it, I see it costing less than $150 to have them replace it if it is an issue. But seeing that its RC, I would just get all new springs, the RC lifts are pretty good other than their springs...that's the only issue I have which is whats holding off my lift.
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I would just replace all the springs right away. It's only a matter of time till it sags, and I would replace that one, it's not at 100% which is leaving it weaker to break, whether on the street or on the trail, if money isnt a problem, take it to the local suspension shop and see what they say and have them do it, I see it costing less than $150 to have them replace it if it is an issue. But seeing that its RC, I would just get all new springs, the RC lifts are pretty good other than their springs...that's the only issue I have which is whats holding off my lift.
isnt the springs the most important part of the lift, so if those suck how cold the 'rest' of it be any good.....

dont RC have a lifetime warranty.... delete this thread and sendthem a pic and tell the myou hit a log or something, one new spring at least...

like most I wold do all 4 Im nota RC fan AT ALL its no secret.. they wil all eventually sag, if it were me I would do BOTH front if nothing else, guaranteed they have sagged already, and replacing one is goona make you lean prolly.
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Hey RZA, whats up man? I saw on another thread you went home for a visit. How was it? My wife went back in beginning of the year (Jan). I heard it was snowing in Johannesburg a month back. That's crazy.
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isnt the springs the most important part of the lift, so if those suck how cold the 'rest' of it be any good.....

dont RC have a lifetime warranty.... delete this thread and sendthem a pic and tell the myou hit a log or something, one new spring at least...

like most I wold do all 4 Im nota RC fan AT ALL its no secret.. they wil all eventually sag, if it were me I would do BOTH front if nothing else, guaranteed they have sagged already, and replacing one is goona make you lean prolly.
Well, they havent sagged at all yet. They are holding up well. But I see your point about the lean. That sucks. I really hated putting on this lift. At least I don't have any rusted bolts to take off. I suppose it will be somewhat easy.
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