leaf spring position advice

  1. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    ive been renovating an old trailer and need help in positioning the leaf springs. it has a shackle at the end of each leaf spring, does anyone have any diagrams or similar? cheers:D
     
  2. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you mean one shackle at one end (rear) of each spring, front ends are fixed?

    If so I would set the shackle pointing slightly rearwards with no load.
     
  3. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    thanks for you reply. ill take some pics tomorrow to show you where ill put it. cheers
     
  4. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    heres some pics on the leaf spring position. cheers:D
     
  5. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    here we are:D
     
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  6. scarecrow

    scarecrow Outstanding in his field

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    Do you want to move the spring if not it should be all right but check all the bolts as they can look all right from the outside but can be almost worn through where it crosses through the shackle also check the bolts holding on the axle and the plates they run through
     
  7. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    ive replace all but one shackle and eye bolts and the axle clamps are rusty but cant get any for my size axle as its realy old.lol so ill have to make do with the clamps ive got. i can move the leaf springs if there s a better position for them to be in. the rear leaf spring have nit been welded down yet, only bolts a mom. cheers
     
  8. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    That doesn't look too bad given the weight of the axle is on the spring.
     
  9. malcolm

    malcolm Hej!

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    On an MGB (a similar cart like device) the shackle wouldn't reach it's mounting hole until there was some weight on the spring. Then fully laiden it was similar to your photo.

    The spring will flatten out with load and get longer. Trick would be to make sure the shackle connection can't get anywhere near to it's fully rearwards position when the spring is flat. I'd measure the spring with a tape measure and make an allowance for deflection in bushes.
     
  10. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    ok guys thanks for the reply. ill get it measured
     
  11. flatmajor

    flatmajor Going profesional

    ive been looking at the bushes today and they look a bit worn. so it looks like ill have to change them or could i get away with it? will put more stress on the shackle and eye bolts? cheers
     
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