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starquestbd22 03-25-2013 12:56 PM

Is this what my leaf springs are supposed to look like? (pic)
 
Was crawling around under my truck earlier and noticed the leaf springs. I have never really paid them any close attention before the drop shackles that I installed a few weeks ago. Anyway, are they supposed to be bent in the center like they are? I guess I pictured them as a perfect arch like they are with no load on them, lol. Thanks!


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gonefishin776 03-25-2013 01:58 PM

went out and looked at mine. looks the same, maybe not as intense but still same shape. maybe your drop makes it look more than mine?

starquestbd22 03-25-2013 02:13 PM

Thanks man. I know you know because you have replied to some of my posts but I have been considering removing the overload leaf to get a little bit more drop. This makes me not want to. Lot's of folks have said that the OL springs do nothing until you have your bed loaded past a certain point but from what I am seeing that bottom leaf IS providing at least some amount of support to the spring pack. Seems like removing it would allow the leaf pack to bend even more than it already is due to that lack of support. I dunno...maybe I am overestimating the support that this leaf gives or underestimating the strength of the leaf pack. I just don't know that it's worth finding out the hard way, lol.

gonefishin776 03-25-2013 02:18 PM

yeahhhhhhhhhhhh. I don't know much about that aspect of these trucks :/ wish I was of more help!

RAMMED84 03-25-2013 03:32 PM

I just looked at mine and they have the same shape, maybe not quite as much of an up stream as yours in the middle, but mine is all stock too. That is very weird, never seen another leaf spring like that, but again I have never worked on a Dodge. I would say nothing is wrong with yours tho.

RAM EM 03-25-2013 04:48 PM

How many miles do you guys have on your trucks? In my experience, that wavy shape is from excessive axle wrap, either from a lot of torque/heavy foot or high mileage or both. These trucks do have a lot of torque, that could be doing it. I wouldn't worry about it much. I also wouldn't take the OL springs out, your only going to drop the thickness of the leaf.

starquestbd22 03-25-2013 06:21 PM

I have 74k miles on mine. I get on it getting on the freeway once in a blue moon but otherwise I pretty much baby it around. Power-wise, it's all stock. That being said, I bought it at 67k so I can't vouch for before then. I do know that the previous owner traded the truck in because he bought a bigger camper and needed a 3/4 ton to pull it.

Anyway, I agree. I was leaning toward removing the OL leaf until I saw that but now I don't feel so comfortable with it.

RAMMED84 03-28-2013 11:00 AM

My truck only has 28,000 miles and it was owned by an older retired vietnam vet that just used the truck for pulling around his 19' ski boat and occassionally 12' utility trailer. Mine isnt quite as strong of a up bend as the pic but I would say not far from it. And I don't think there is no way there is enough torque on stock tires that SHOULD cause that unless dodge was using some really cheap spring steel. That is just my take on it, could be wrong.

RAM EM 03-28-2013 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by starquestbd22 (Post 1049602)
I have 74k miles on mine. I get on it getting on the freeway once in a blue moon but otherwise I pretty much baby it around. Power-wise, it's all stock. That being said, I bought it at 67k so I can't vouch for before then. I do know that the previous owner traded the truck in because he bought a bigger camper and needed a 3/4 ton to pull it.

Anyway, I agree. I was leaning toward removing the OL leaf until I saw that but now I don't feel so comfortable with it.

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Originally Posted by RAMMED84 (Post 1052341)
My truck only has 28,000 miles and it was owned by an older retired vietnam vet that just used the truck for pulling around his 19' ski boat and occassionally 12' utility trailer. Mine isnt quite as strong of a up bend as the pic but I would say not far from it. And I don't think there is no way there is enough torque on stock tires that SHOULD cause that unless dodge was using some really cheap spring steel. That is just my take on it, could be wrong.

There's a common denominator here, both of your trucks were used for towing, however little it may have been. Maybe it's towing + torque + cheap spring steel = wavy springs. :4-dontknow:

snrusnak 06-11-2013 12:22 PM

I've never seen a leaf spring shaped like that. I'd say it's bent from overloading + age. The overload spring is typically level and the other leafs are basically arch shaped, yours is fairly far from that. Sure it's ok and all, just that I think it is bent. Still, removing the OL shouldn't hurt anything unless you overload it.


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