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Old 07-16-2015, 09:54 PM
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97 Prostar 205 Trailer Leaf Springs

I'm starting to compile some parts for a trailer refresh but it seems like the leaf springs on mine are different.

I've seen that several have used the northern tool springs (http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5447_200365447) but my trailer have 7 leaves vs the 4? I do have 6 lug hubs so I'm assuming that it is a 5200 lb axle, but can I just replace the springs with the 4 leaf version or should I find something to match what is already there?? Seems like the bigger springs wouldn't be the best option.


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Old 07-17-2015, 07:47 PM
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Capacity-wise: If your boat/ live-load does not exceed the capacity of the 4-leaf spring, it would work.

Configuration is where I would think you may have an issue. Measure the length of the spring's shackle attachment points then compare to the 4-leaf. I suspect the 7-leaf is longer and will not accommodate the 4-leaf without modification.

You'd also need a different u-bolt and while you're there put in new inserts or a grease zerk bushing (hard to find).

Me? I'd be inclined to replace like-for like and live with it. I say that because you could loose an inch or so in fender to tire clearance because the 6-lug hub accommodates a 15" wheel that may fit in the wheel-well snug already, and the 4-leaf could put a damper on clearance.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:43 PM
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Those 7 leaf packs are like a tank. Have you thought about just cleaning up what you have? You can take them apart and clean up each leaf.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:30 PM
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Find a local spring shop - they'll get you what you need with no guessing.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:16 AM
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Those 7 leaf packs are like a tank. Have you thought about just cleaning up what you have? You can take them apart and clean up each leaf.
That's going to the plan for now unless I find something when I pull them apart that would make me replace.

Was the beefer axle and springs an option on these trailers or maybe someone just custom ordered / customized. The trailer is only rated for 3000lb. Ultimately it's probably a good thing to have some extra capacity for some piece of mind. My dad had a spindle break off on the way to a camping trip when I was a kid. Luckily it happened in a parking lot not on the road.
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:43 PM
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I have the same single-axle trailer with the 5200 pound axle - but my boat probably weighs 1000 pounds more than yours (well, even more when we're towing to Lake Powell for a week).
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