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Old 06-19-2013, 07:23 AM
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Thanks for all of the responses guy. The 8.2 rear had multiple leafs also... And to inform everyone on the drive shafts hitting the road, mine didn't because I have a loop to catch the driveshaft.

Good thing you had a loop..

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Sounds like the center pin holding the Leaf springs together is too big or too small.
When the Springs sit flush with the spring perches that are welded to the axle, does the center pin fit in the hole on the perch? Is the center pin approximately the same size of the spring perch hole or is it much smaller?
Can you post some pictures?
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hi guys, I will post some pics later, but the pin is a bit smaller than the hole in the perch, but the rear sits about 3/4 of the way down onto the pin, not all the way... I ordered some new installation pads today that should be coming tomorrow.

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The pin in the leaf should be a slip fit into the hole in the axle. If it's sloppy get a local machine shop to make a thick washer that eliminates the slop.

Did the pin through the springs shear off? Having replaced leaf springs on a '70, '72, '76 and '77 Nova and a '69 Camaro, all of which are about the same design, I don't see how the rear axle can slide more than a tiny bit as long as the pin is intact and the hole is still in the retainer plate? As long as the u-bolts are tight the pin won't come out of the hole.

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hey guys, just thought I would do a followup,

what I did was, just cut down another leaf of an old spring pack, bought a new leaf spring bolt got a new set of performance polyurethane pads with a washer to slip over the pin and it fit really nice. then I just added the other leaf that I cut down to increase the spring pack from 4 to 5 leaves, then tightened em up now everything works like a charm.. thanks again for everyones input.
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