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Sheared Leaf Spring Center Pins


 
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St.LJustin
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:40 pm    Post subject: Sheared Leaf Spring Center Pins Reply with quote

Well I have now tacked on three sheared leaf spring center pins. I just love how it causes the one side of the rear axle to slide right into your wheelwell. The first two were in the front and both were replaced by BDS center pins instead of the RE that came in the original lift springs. Now the rear passenger side pin has sheared and I'm going to go ahead and replace the driver's side too with the BDS center pins in hope that they'll be a little stronger. It seems that the only time that the pins shear is when I'm offroading and the suspension is articulated to extremes. Any ideas on what might be going on? If the articulation is what's causing the problem then what could I do? I don't really want to restrict the articulation at all. Thanks.

-Justin
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:28 am    Post subject: Re: Sheared Leaf Spring Center Pins Reply with quote

St.LJustin wrote:
Well I have now tacked on three sheared leaf spring center pins. I just love how it causes the one side of the rear axle to slide right into your wheelwell. The first two were in the front and both were replaced by BDS center pins instead of the RE that came in the original lift springs. Now the rear passenger side pin has sheared and I'm going to go ahead and replace the driver's side too with the BDS center pins in hope that they'll be a little stronger. It seems that the only time that the pins shear is when I'm offroading and the suspension is articulated to extremes. Any ideas on what might be going on? If the articulation is what's causing the problem then what could I do? I don't really want to restrict the articulation at all. Thanks.

-Justin


Hey Justin. Do you have anything else holding the leaves together? My BDS AAL kit came with these silver metal C-Clips. I had to grind off the factory C-Clips to add the leaf on the front end. They keep the leafs together with the help of the center pin.
If you don't have those alignment clamps that might be your problem.

Oh yeah, pics might help too. Mr. Green
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St.LJustin
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well since I bought my RE springs in whole, I would hope that I wouldn't have to add clamps to the springs to help them stay together. I would think that they would have done that when they were put together. At least that's my logic. Even since they are supposed to be "extreme duty" springs. I'm happy with the springs themselves it's just that this shouldn't happen three times. Right? I think the RE center pins are just weak. The two BDS pins that I put in the front after they sheared are still holding strong. I guess I'll just go ahead and replace both rear pins while I'm at it. Thanks for the reply.

-Justin
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