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Old 01-31-2009, 06:13 PM
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Rear Leaf Springs for 52 panel

I'm in the market for a set of rear springs that will fit my 52 panel. Any information regarding compatiable swaps appreciated.
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You might try asking a spring shop.
You may have to take measurments of yours, but I would assume they would be able to tell you what would fit. They may even have some they took off of something for a lift or drop. You might price some to they may be cheaper then you think.
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I found a decent used set for my rear springs on another forum. Got the front springs at JC Whitney, US made,....new with bushings already pressed in. Got the other bushings, pins ,lock pins, U bolts ect at Dennis Carpenters. In hindsight I should have just got new rear's as well. I couldn't locate a spring shop locally that would do anything but try to get me to order new springs from them,... at a lot more than I could buy them myself.
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JC Whitney is the best deal.
My local frame shop pays more from the same maker than what Whitney charges.
The owner of the shop is a friend - when I ask him what he could get me springs for he showed me an invoice.
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Unless your old springs are cracked, a simple disassembly, cleaning, and re-arching should be all you need. Any decent spring shop can do it.
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F-1 panel Rear Springs

I have 3 cracked springs on the left side, 2 on the right. It looks to me that replacement is going to be the way to go. Thanks of r the response.
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You might try asking a spring shop.
You may have to take measurments of yours, but I would assume they would be able to tell you what would fit. They may even have some they took off of something for a lift or drop. You might price some to they may be cheaper then you think.

I have not found a spring shop locally but will be looking. JC Whitney sounds like a good possibility.
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I found a decent used set for my rear springs on another forum. Got the front springs at JC Whitney, US made,....new with bushings already pressed in. Got the other bushings, pins ,lock pins, U bolts ect at Dennis Carpenters. In hindsight I should have just got new rear's as well. I couldn't locate a spring shop locally that would do anything but try to get me to order new springs from them,... at a lot more than I could buy them myself.
Thanks. I did a quick on line look at JC Whitney last night but didn't find see any but will do more research. Thanks for the tip. I have ordered the shackle kit from Dennis Carpenters ($60 for both sides.)
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Try this link for JC Whitneyhttp://www.jcwhitney.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/VehicleBrowse?tmplframe=VehicleBrowse&storeId=1010 1&showCustom=0&N=111%2B1952%2B200005338&catalogId= 10614
They where best price and with the bushings already in and U.S made you got to go with them. Mid Fifty sells individual leafs but I couldn't get any where with them since I was early 50's. They hooked me up with thier supplier but I couldn't make the $$$ work to justify the effort of rebuilding my old ones. Also,...if you can, try to catch the FREE SHIPPING SPECIALS Whitney has a lot. Look over thier page for it. They almost allways offer it. I hear its not a good idea to re-use the U bolts,....if you want to add them to the DC order.

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Cant seem to get that J C Whitney link right
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Love your dark blue panel.
I put posies springs on the back of my panel which if I remember right was cheaper than going back to stock. Mine are the slightly lowered versions but with the taller housing of the 9 inch is probably pretty close to stock height.
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Cant seem to get that J C Whitney link right
tried the link. Can't get it to work, either. I did find front springs on JC Whitney. I've gone to tubular control arms and coil overs up front. Are the demensions the same front and rear? I would doubt it.
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Thanks. I can't take credit for it. I bought this truck in 2004 and it was already painted, about a 15 year old paint job now. Still looks pretty good, especially if you stand back 10 feet.

I have an 8 inch out of a 69 mustang with stock rear springs. I have had a slight vibration since I have had the truck. It appears that I have a slightly warped axle flange which may have lead to the spring failure. Three cracked leafs on the side with the warped flange.
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If the Mustang axle didn't have the perches spaced correctly, that may have cracked the springs.

The JCWhitney springs are made by Eaton; any spring shop can order them. When I was in for mine, I looked thru the catalog and it was comprehensive.
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Thanks for the input. I drive the truck pretty hard, about 12,000 miles a year in support of my real estate business. The road construction projects can be hard on things as well. The 302 dynos at 306 hp which is significantly stronger than the original flat head. All things added up, things break.

I will check with a speed shop I do business with tomorrow. I'm sure they have a spring shop in mind for their race customers.
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