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Old 06-06-2006, 05:20 PM
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I did not change those...

When I re-done my trailer a couple of years ago, the only thing I did not replace was the leaf springs. Well, last Sunday going home, and going over a overpass on a four lane, I heard a metal bang-bang! It sounded like the chains came off, and were dragging on the pavement. Nope, broken right side spring. Lucky I was only 8 miles from home, and two of the four springs were not broken. I limped it home slowly. I replace both sides springs ($74.00 for both) in three hours. 20 year old trailer, loaded most of its life, it sort of makes sense. Spraying down the underneath with wd-40 every once in a while paid off as all the bolts came right off. Not sure how you can look at a spring and know it is going to "let go" on the next big bump?
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Old 06-06-2006, 05:53 PM
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Mine went out on my old trailer. i was shocked at how cheap it was to replace and it was like a whole new trailer.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:05 PM
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I agree, the boat pulls alot better on rough roads. Should of done it before, and would of, if I knew the cost was under $75.00.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:24 PM
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I snapped a leaf spring last year going over a pothole (slowly, thankfully). My tire was rubbing on the fender. I jacked it up, wedged two 2X4's under it, secured it with duct tape, and made it home fine. The local spring guy I bought them from said there is often no warning signs, they just up and break. I noticed no improvement, in fact still have a squeak that I need to chase down & grease. Pretty easy fix, though.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:38 PM
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Alright now you guys are freakin' me out. I'm driving to Lake Mead tomorrow on some rusting springs, the bolts are kinda ugly. I replaced the springs when I got the boat 2.5 years ago.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:44 PM
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:59 PM
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86 Craft. Where did you get your springs? I have an '84 with original springs on the trailer. I am taking a 450 mile trip this summer and I'm thinking of either replacing them, or just having some with me.
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:00 PM
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86 Craft. Where did you get your springs? I have an '84 with original springs on the trailer. I am taking a 450 mile trip this summer and I'm thinking of either replacing them, or just having some with me.
I tow 45 minutes and I am pretty sure mine are the original '79's...think I might be replacing those bad boys.
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:08 PM
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For anyone replacing their springs, I highly recommend you get some convex leaf springs that have a similar load as the horizontal versions that came stock on most MC trailers. You'll get much better clearance on your prop guard.
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:54 PM
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Ryan, what's a good source for these? Since you and I have the same boat, do you have a PN?
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