You just installed your springs, but hold on! Make sure you finish the job right!
It’s easy to take a worn part out. Not as easy to put a fresh part in. You know how, when you put on your old pair of shoes, your foot just slides right into them, but then you get a new pair and you may have to use a shoe horn, or maybe a […]
When a car’s springs sag over time, other parts get worn down too. Installing new springs with old hardware may cause vibrations in these parts. This is why it’s important to use fresh attaching parts when installing new springs. After replacing old springs, it is not uncommon for vibrations to appear. Unless you specify otherwise, […]
Torque is more than the force required to open a beer bottle. The proper torque will keep your leaf spring from breaking. Use your manufacturer’s torque specs when tightening your U-bolts, or use our recommendations. U-bolts provide the clamping force required to hold leaf springs to the axle and the right torque is very important. […]
Model A springs need to be stretched around six inches before you’ll be able to install them into your vehicle. Rear Model A springs whether used on an original Model A, a street rod, or a restomod, can be a bugger to install. Not in the car, typical eye to eye length’s around 39 to […]
Sometimes tip inserts get whacked out of place during delivery. Here’s how to fix it with a screwdriver. Unfortunately, every now and then when leaf springs shipped through FedEx or UPS get banged around the tip inserts at the end of the spring can come out of the holes. To put them back in place, […]
Whenever you are changing coil springs, especially the front springs, always use a coil spring compressor. Never try changing springs without a compressor. You will get hurt. For coils used on struts, use the compressor that grabs the coils on the outside. For non-strut coils, use the compressor that goes inside the spring. Need a […]
You’ve seen our leaf spring removal and reinstallation videos, but those are polished and edited for brevity. When you work on your springs yourself, you may find things don’t always go as smooth at the textbooks. This One Minute Monday is two minutes long to make a point.
Watch as Mike explains the steps for how to install rear leaf springs. Start by putting in the front eye bolt. Do not tighten! Then attach the shackle again. Do not tighten! Raise the spring to the axle. Make sure the center bolt is in the hole. Install new U-bolts. Again, do not tighten. Reinstall […]
Block the tires! We don’t want to roll Raise the vehicle Place jack stands under the axle, both for safety and to keep the axle in place Remove the tire Remove the shock Remove the U-bolts Remove the rear shackle Remove the front eye bolt Voila! The spring will be in your hand.
What to do with your fresh spring installation
Where should I put my axle pads?
My mechanic says the new coil springs must not be right because the old ones were much more difficult to take out. Is this so?
I ordered some springs but they don’t seem to be quite like the original. Why is this?
How much will springs settle shortly after installing? Learn how to judge your new spring installation by knowing exactly what to expect from a freshly manufactured set from EATON Springs.
I heard that springs never wear out, but my Camaro is rubbing at the wheel wells.
Should I purchase new U-Bolts?
Can you compress the coil springs before you ship them?
How should I fix my straight axle bump steer?
The bushings are wider than the spring. Why is this?
I installed rear springs at the front of my vehicle. It seems to be fine. Is there something I’m missing?
I’m torquing my spring’s U-Bolt to factory specs but it’s crushing my axle pads. Is this right?
I tried burning out my bushings and it didn’t seem to work. I didn’t ruin my springs did I? How should I continue?
How should I remove my old spring eye bushings?
Mike, Bought a set of OEM rear leaf springs for my ’70 Boss 302 Mustang. I have no problem with the quality and specs of these springs but, when you advertized OEM correct replacement springs…. I was really disappointed when they arrived that they didn`t look the same in appearance detail as the factory units. […]
Mike, I wish I had read your tech page about two months ago. I just had my leaf springs powder coated and I’ve re-assembled the front springs with poly liners between the leafs. Am I correct in assuming that your advice for nothing to be between the springs also applies to these poly liners? If […]