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« on: October 21, 2013, 08:41:20 PM »

Hi Everyone,

Got a 1969 Camaro SS convertible Multi-leaf springs that is sagging. Where should I get my leafs? Do I go for Show Correct Leafs or just simple replacements?

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 09:09:38 PM »

That question depends on what you want with the car! Some want the correct how it came from the factory look and others do not need or wish to spend the extra $$$$.
Camaro Specialties (Camaro.com) and Heartbeat City Camaro (probably others as well) sell the factory correct leaf spring packages.
Eaton Detroit Spring sell replacement leaf springs at an affordable price but you give up the factory look.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 09:54:29 PM »

there are shops that can supposedly 're-arch' leaf springs, but since I haven't had it performed I cannot recommend it, as I am not certain everyone who does it knows what they are doing.. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 10:27:35 PM »

there are shops that can supposedly 're-arch' leaf springs, but since I haven't had it performed I cannot recommend it, as I am not certain everyone who does it knows what they are doing.. Smiley

There are commercial shops that do this locally (Nashville,TN); we have a shop that does this for trucks and automotive applications, Nashville Spring Service, that specializes in rebuilding springs. Never heard any complaints about them, but I have not personally had the chance to use them (yet). Key component to the re-arching process involves shot peening/shot blasting after re-arching - supposedly extends the life of the springs many fold. Considering the cost of show quality springs, I'm going to try this as a first option before shelling out bigger bucks -

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 06:02:31 AM »

I have had my original monos re-arched by a local truck spring repair shop.  I put new Eaton monos on there 1st (stock height), but did not like the stance (rear down) and the fact that they did not have the correct taper.  So despite the warning about them not lasting a year or breaking when being re-arched, I had them do a set 1.5" over stock (they had all the stock spring specs) for $1 a pound, came to around $55 total for both springs.  Since they are a rough commercial spring shop, they did not finish them except for spraying some black protective coating.  I stripped that off and applied some cast blast.  That was around 4 years ago and no noticable sagging.  Car still rides right where it was when I had them done (R&H spring, wall, nj) I had a friend that needed factory springs for his COPO, he took a bunch of my spare broken multis to them and they rebuilt them and he is very happy with them. I highly recommend them.  For multi-leaf I would expect the process to be similar, but you have to make sure your plastic spacers are in good shape and make sure they reuse them.  The metal strap that holds the leaf pack will probably have to be replaced as well as the center bolt.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 12:14:59 PM »

Thanks for the responses.

I will go for the show correct leafs...
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2013, 10:37:41 PM »

there are shops that can supposedly 're-arch' leaf springs, but since I haven't had it performed I cannot recommend it, as I am not certain everyone who does it knows what they are doing.. Smiley

I have had three sets re-arched at Spring Service in Charlotte NC and all three were dead on. I had the set re-arched on my Gold Z in 2008 and they are still spot on no re-sagging as some have reported after a few years.
If the leafs are not broken I would re-arch them. JMO
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