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, […]
One of the leading causes of driveline vibration is the over tightening of the U-joint U-bolts. The proper way to tighten these U-bolts is to turn the nut until the lock washer is flat, then turn the nut one-eighth of a turn and no more. Any more pressure will deform the bearing. If your U-joint […]
Lowering a leaf spring suspension should be done correctly to avoid handling issues. Here’s why lowering blocks aren’t the magic bullet. Last week, we explained how reversing leaf spring eyes can lower a vehicle. This week, we’ll explain how using lowering blocks is not a good way to lower or raise a vehicle. Where the […]
There are two causes of leaf spring squeak: tight eye bolts or shackles, and mis-torqued u-bolts. You’ve just installed a new set of leaf springs, and you hear a squeak! The squeak could be coming from the springs, or they could be coming from somewhere else. But for now, let’s focus on how leaf springs […]
If your vehicle rides OK, sits OK, and the leaves and coils look OK, then your springs are OK. If you want to change your stance or ride quality, or if a spring is broken in any way, it’s time to replace your springs. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.
A customer writes in to ask why their new coil springs fall out so easily during installation. Coil springs that have been in a car for a long time accumulate all sorts of cruft and debris that eventually sticks it in place. My new coil springs are falling out, is this normal? Ask The Spring […]
Springs support weight, so if you measure the ride height of an unfinished vehicle, you won’t be measuring the final stance. You’ve just installed your new springs on your unfinished vehicle, and it sits too high. Keywords there were unfinished vehicle. Remember, springs support weight and all those things that have not been installed on […]
What to do with your fresh spring installation
The short answer is “when you need to.” The long answer tells you how to know that. Click for the long answer.
Understanding spring terms will make your suspension build a thousand times easier.