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Re: Designing a Rear Leaf Spring Suspension to hook & not sq

Postby pdq67 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:27 pm

Anybody ever figure out a way to use the f/g rear mono-leaf springs off an Astro Van?

I like the idea of a substantial weight savings, at least I think they would be lighter than multi-leafs?

I've had 560 pounds of water softener salt in the rear of our Astro Van so know they are strong enough.

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Re: Designing a Rear Leaf Spring Suspension to hook & not sq

Postby englertracing » Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:52 am

pdq67 wrote:Anybody ever figure out a way to use the f/g rear mono-leaf springs off an Astro Van?

I like the idea of a substantial weight savings, at least I think they would be lighter than multi-leafs?

I've had 560 pounds of water softener salt in the rear of our Astro Van so know they are strong enough.

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I've heard of street stocks using fiberglass leafs.

How about this?
Torque arm and leaf springs,
I don't like the way they did the birdcages, they will wear out the axles, should have some big ole bushings.
but I like the concept
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Re: Designing a Rear Leaf Spring Suspension to hook & not sq

Postby Splitter » Sun Dec 25, 2016 3:56 pm

How about adding half leafs on the front half of the spring, to make the spring stiffer in the front? That should help with axle wrap and squat, i would think.
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Re: Designing a Rear Leaf Spring Suspension to hook & not sq

Postby midnightbluS10 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:26 am

pdq67 wrote:Anybody ever figure out a way to use the f/g rear mono-leaf springs off an Astro Van?

I like the idea of a substantial weight savings, at least I think they would be lighter than multi-leafs?

I've had 560 pounds of water softener salt in the rear of our Astro Van so know they are strong enough.

pdq67


Flex-Form makes fiberglass monoleafs for all sorts of applications. What about those? The Astro leafs have cracking issues. Lots of guys swap to steel. I know there's been issues with guys having aftermarket monos crack, too, but most of what I've seen was all stuff that was 10+ yrs old. There's always the Calvert split monoleaf, too. But it's steel, too, isn't it? Still lighter than an entire spring pack.
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Re: Designing a Rear Leaf Spring Suspension to hook & not sq

Postby TRN » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:27 pm

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