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I searched the forums and could not find anything to answer my question. I had new rear springs made for my 52 chevy 2dr sedan and they are way too firm which gives me an all too high of a ride height. This is because they used flat spring stock as compared to the original tapered spring leaves of the original ones. As well the overall springs pack is about 3/8 inch thicker than original. I am thinking of taking apart my original springs and cleaning them up and using all but the main spring with the new main spring. of course the original springs have the centre hole approx 2 inches off centre. Should I install them with the longer part to he front? Would that help with potential axle hop?? Also, should I paint the springs prior to assembly or is it best to leave them bare metal. Maybe teflon tape inbetween to prevent any squeaks??

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You could use the new springs and put lowering blocks on them...if the ride is too rough , you could take a leaf out .
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The shorter section should go in front of the axle, the more rigid this section is the less it will wheel hop. The leaves slide on each other so you can put grease between them, thats what I did. You can experiment with removing leaves, or mixing between your sets. If you want to keep a firm spring rate but lower it down some take the leafs to a local spring shop and get them to de-arch them a bit.
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