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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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are leaf springs supposed to separate when the car is jacked?

Dumb question.....

The back end drivers side of my 1986 CJ is sagging a little. The springs are 1988 YJ springs (SOA lift with revolver shackles).

I just jacked it up, and noticed the leafs are all separating, with a gap of about 1/8 inch or more between each one.

Is there supposed to be a bracket or retainer to hold them together?

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They usually have a clip or two about midway between the axle and the shackle... More to hold them in line rather than together. Mine have been broken/gone for years now... The ubolts around the axle keep them from getting to far out of line.
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Dumb question.....

The back end drivers side of my 1986 CJ is sagging a little. The springs are 1988 YJ springs (SOA lift with revolver shackles).

I just jacked it up, and noticed the leafs are all separating, with a gap of about 1/8 inch or more between each one.

Is there supposed to be a bracket or retainer to hold them together?
As long as the leaves don't get misaligned within the pack (which is why the clips exist,) it's not a problem. I've seen the leaves separate on a number of vehicles when jacking by the chassis, no problem.

Worst case? I've had to tap the leaves back in line with the main and find clips to apply, because they were missing.
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Yep, my new OME springs will seperate enough to stick my finger between when it just has the weight of the axle on it, no tires or shocks. I believe the softer riding springs will do this more than the stiffer ones do.
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