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Old 09-17-2008, 10:18 PM
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To soften ride - remove longest or shortest leaf?

Basic question is...which decreases stiffness the most, removing the shortest leaf you can or the longest leaf you can.

I did a search which came up with only this thread. It seems to say (in entry #8) that removing the shorter leaf(s) in a spring stack will soften the ride more than removing the longer leaf(s). Is this the general consensus?

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Looks like the shortest would make it softer, since the shorter somthing is the harder it is to bend.

for example: you have a 2 foot piece of wood, which you can easily bend/break, But if that same piece of wood is 6 inches long, it becomes much harder to bend or break.

hope this helps, and correct me if I'm wrong.
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Countryboytn is right.

Remove the long leaf, and you wind up with a spring prone to axle wrap, and wheel hop .

Removing the shortest leaf(s) will soften the ride, and you won't wind up with an unstable rear end from having too flexible long spring set.


You can also cut the rear of the spring just behind the axle clamp. (U bolt plate) You want to leave all of the spring inbetween the clamp and axle..

Mustang guys, (dodge guys too), will add a long half of a leaf spring at the front of the spring pack to give a traction bar effect without making the spring rate too high..


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Thanks for the quick responses. That's what I needed to know.
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Sounds like someone is getting ready to take his project out for it's first ride. Or perhaps he already has.
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Sounds like someone is getting ready to take his project out for it's first ride. Or perhaps he already has.
I wish. Everything is still totally blown apart for prep and paint. I'm getting close to putting the rolling chassis back together and I know, based on some stiffness testing during the fabrication process, that the rear spring rate needs to be softened up quite a bit. So my question here was just in anticipation of when I put the rear end back under frame. Gobs of work yet to come before I can even think about that maiden voyage.
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take the short spring out
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They are right,The short one has to go!!!!! Can't wait to see it Cboy.... Come on man!!! back to the shop
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Come on man!!! back to the shop
Yup. I AM back in the shop...just not any good pictures to show for it yet.
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Yup. I AM back in the shop...just not any good pictures to show for it yet.
I was starting to worry about you Cboy... I told my wife you must be very into your work right now.
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