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Old 08-14-2005, 04:38 PM
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dearching leaf springs

ok, i did a search & this or something similar has been discussed before, but i didn't see a solution i could live with. i've put a pair of S10 leaf springs under the rear of my '50 chevy 3100. instead of using lowering blocks i'd like to remove some of the arch in the springs to loose about 2" or so in height. i can buy a new pair of springs already "dearched" or take them to the spring shop & have it done. either way it's about a $150.00. is there some way that i can remove some of the arch myself? i believe the way it's done at the spring shop is the leaf is heated to a cherry red or orange, moved to the desired arch & then water quenched. i've no way of heating the entire leaf at once. any thoughts? any help would be appreciated.
thanks, robert.

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I have had leaf springs arched and dearched,but never by heating.Always by mechanical impact along it's length.But no domestic hammer and anvil will do it.
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Old 08-14-2005, 07:16 PM
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I have had springs re-arched before and the spring shop did it with a heating process, I do not know how thy cooled them. I do think it is a science so to speak and definatly something not to try yourself.
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