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Unread 07-04-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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New Leaf Springs?

Im working on a 1966 CJ5 and in my opinion (im not a car expert) the leaf springs probably need to get replaced. Is this true, should I get new ones? Also, those are 5 leaf, could I replace them with 9 leaf, and if so what are the advantages/disadvantages?



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Unread 07-04-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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You can take them to a shop and have them rearched and fixed if theres any problems. Running more springs means a harder ride. I personally don't see anything really wrong with those but I could be wrong. If your wanting new springs order a OEM replacement set from one of the manufactures that do lifts.
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Unread 07-04-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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those leafs look pretty good. only problem is having only 5 leafs. i have a 62 cj5 and wish mine looked that good. my leafs are flat.
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Unread 07-04-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot guys. I thought that the bottom 2 leafs, being flat might be a problem. I will probably just wire wheel them, and then paint them. Thanks for the advice.
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Unread 07-04-2009, 05:45 PM   #5
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those leafs look pretty good. only problem is having only 5 leafs. i have a 62 cj5 and wish mine looked that good. my leafs are flat.
the only problem is I have 5 leaves? Do I want more or less leaves? I would think that if I bought 9 leaf ones, it would make for a better ride. Is this true?

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You can take them to a shop and have them rearched and fixed if theres any problems. Running more springs means a harder ride. I personally don't see anything really wrong with those but I could be wrong. If your wanting new springs order a OEM replacement set from one of the manufactures that do lifts.
From what thantos says, it would make for a harder ride. Sorry I dont know all about this, Im only 16.
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the only problem is I have 5 leaves? Do I want more or less leaves? I would think that if I bought 9 leaf ones, it would make for a better ride. Is this true?



From what thantos says, it would make for a harder ride. Sorry I dont know all about this, Im only 16.

More leaves would make for a harder ride. If you want a stronger packwith better ride, add one right under the main leaf and take the last, shortest one out.






Your pack looks fine, I would disassemble it wire wheel it and paint it. Maby some new spring retaining clip things.


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Unread 07-04-2009, 10:09 PM   #7
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i'd run those leafs you have, only way i would upgrade to 9 leafs is if you came across a set free or almost free. i run 9 leafs in a spring over configuration, rides kinda rough but its an old cj. the spring over suspension has softened it up some. you could try upgrading your shocks if you want to change your ride quality. i used skyjacker shocks, cheap and descent quality.
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Unread 07-06-2009, 07:09 PM   #8
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Hey Brian,
Are you saying to soften up the ride with stock springs by removing a leaf? If so can you tell by a photo which to remove? are you good at that kind of thing? and if so I would like to send you a photo of my springs.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 10:31 AM   #9
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Nothing jumps out at me from the pictures, but its hard to judge a leaf when its not under load. Do you have pics of the Jeep prior to the leaf pack removal?

The leaf packs themselves may be fine, but you'll want new bushings at the very least. I wouldn't buy 9-leaf packs. If you're going to buy new springs, get an aftermarket set with a little lift.
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More leaves would make for a harder ride.
Not necessarily. It depends also on the thickness of each leaf and the spring rate. Both National spring and Alcan make very compliant, smooth riding springs with multiple leaf packs. The key is thin leaves.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #11
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Nothing jumps out at me from the pictures, but its hard to judge a leaf when its not under load. Do you have pics of the Jeep prior to the leaf pack removal?

The leaf packs themselves may be fine, but you'll want new bushings at the very least. I wouldn't buy 9-leaf packs. If you're going to buy new springs, get an aftermarket set with a little lift.
Thanks everyone,

And I think I do have a picture of the leafs under load. I will try to upload it tomorrow
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