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    Thought I would try here before heading to a pick and pull. Figured some of you guys might have some random springs laying around.

    Looking to buy some leaf springs to use to modify my current pack. Only real requirement is they need to be about 2 3/8" wide, 2 1/2" will work. Something that is longer and has more leaves would be best, as I'll be cutting them down and building up a pack.

    Let me know what you have.

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    I have a set you can have, I am in firestone. 720-300-9948

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    Brett and I are both looking to do this so we may need more than one set depending on what we come up with. We're trying to get away from the Toyota steel though

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    Met Scott (and his awesome buggy) last night and picked up a set of springs.

    Thanks Scott! I'd love to see that buggy on a trail sometime.

    We're still on the hunt for additional springs though if anyone has a lead on any.

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    Didn't get to meet Scott, nor have I seen the leaves, and moreover Eric will probably try to deny their existence to me, and use them for his truck before I get a chance to see them.

    But anyways, thanks Scott. I (or we) appreciate it! Was amazed at how quick a response came in!

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    Well we didn't accomplish a whole lot.

    I had a 2" aal in there before and I had about a 3/4" taco lean going on.

    I seem to have lost about 1/2" on the passenger side and gained about a 1/4" on the driver side.

    Our very scientific method of testing the load capacity consisted of standing on the bumper and that wasn't real promising either. It resulted in an inch or better of sag.

    So basically, I fixed the taco lean and got a blood blister on my pinky.

    I'm toying with the idea of fitting the aal back in there somewhere.....

    or maybe I should just find some different (thicker) donor leafs.

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    a few suspensions ago I was doing a similar thing on the scout. The most significant results I achieved was by adding an additional main spring. I cut the eye off, and let the second main spring run as long as possible. I found the more leafs I added, the more the main leaf was bending past the eye, but before the first secondary leaf. Doubling up that main one made a big difference.

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    Wanted to thank Scott for the leaves and Steve for the advice!

    Finally got things where they need to be today and they're perfect!

    Our first attempt was to just remove the aal and the overload and slap on the bottom three leaves of the donor pack.
    That essentially put me back to where I was -~1/4". It rode and flexed nice enough that today what we did is add the top two of the donor leaves (cut slightly to fit).






    Psyched!
    Exactly what I wanted.




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    If you don't have a build thread, you should post this in "Mod For The Day."
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    Hypoid previously posted:
    "If you don't have a build thread, you should post this in "Mod For The Day.""

    Been meaning to talk to you as well... Don't you spend a lot of time in junkyards?

    We're still on the hunt for springs that will work for Brett. He's going to need thicker leaves for what he wants and they're going to have to have a really good arch.
    We might even need to re-arch some.

    I've been a bit hesitant to check out junk yards as I'm not sure how easy it would be to get springs. Don't most yards frown on torches? Seems like a daunting task to fetch up leaf springs from some rusty 80s 1 ton

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    teamhypoxia previously posted:
    "Been meaning to talk to you as well... Don't you spend a lot of time in junkyards?"

    I have not indulged my hobby for a few weeks. I advise you to check the websites, U-Pull and LKQ have an on-line inventory of vehicles in the yard.



    teamhypoxia previously posted:
    "I've been a bit hesitant to check out junk yards as I'm not sure how easy it would be to get springs. Don't most yards frown on torches? Seems like a daunting task to fetch up leaf springs from some rusty 80s 1 ton"

    The yards do prohibit torches, alcohol/drugs, guns, explosives, cameras, bottle jacks... I have seen people use battery powered impacts and reciprocating saws.

    Both the U-Pulls, and the LKQ in Aurora also have engine hoists and gantry cranes that you can use to lift a vehicle off the parts you want. The LKQ on Federal does not offer that luxury.
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    Hypoid previously posted:
    "The yards do prohibit torches, alcohol/drugs, guns, explosives, cameras, bottle jacks..."

    Well, so much for Plan B

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    teamhypoxia previously posted:
    "Well, so much for Plan B "

    That includes incendiaries, like Thermite.
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    I've pulled springs from older suburbans and K5s in junk yards with success. Definitely takes some elbow grease, and there are a few I gave up on, but not impossible.

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    Thanks Mike for the info on junkyards and Steve for the encouragement.

    Talked my roommate into it, and headed to the U-Pull in Denver this morning to look for springs. Never been to a pick and pull before, so it was a bit of an interesting experience. I could see how it could be fun looking at all the old vehicles, but quite the mess of people and torn apart vehicles.

    After looking trough most of the truck section, I found the perfect candidate, a '91 S-10. The bed was already removed, making the springs easily accessible. It took a little work with the breaker bar, but the 18V impact did the rest. So with the truck extremely well supported in front of the leaf hangers with some steel wheels, the springs came out with out much of a fuss.



    They're the right width, have a nice arch, and have just a tad bit thicker leaves than my current Alcans.



    Now I just need to get my free labor back out of Eric, and assemble myself a pack.

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    GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't count the times I have seen people post, looking for something. I give them a heads-up, to watch that wonderful widget go to the crusher two months later. There is fun to be had, and money to be saved, for those who can get off dead-center.
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    Congratulations on your first successful trip to the pull it yard. I did notice you have a can of WD40 sitting there. For your projects removing rusty stuff you will have much better luck with a penetrating oil or the rust release WD40.
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    Hypoid previously posted:
    "GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't count the times I have seen people post, looking for something. I give them a heads-up, to watch that wonderful widget go to the crusher two months later. There is fun to be had, and money to be saved, for those who can get off dead-center."

    Yeah, I was originally hoping to avoid the junkyard, but glad I went. And got the springs for relatively cheap.

    xaza previously posted:
    "Congratulations on your first successful trip to the pull it yard. I did notice you have a can of WD40 sitting there. For your projects removing rusty stuff you will have much better luck with a penetrating oil or the rust release WD40."

    I'm well versed in both Liquid Wrench and PB Blaster Just didn't have any around when I left yesterday morning. We got by without, and the 18V impact made the biggest difference.

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