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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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OBS front springs

I posted in the suspension area too, but the post isn't showing in "today's posts", so thought I might have been better off posting here. Sorry for the double post.

Anyway, needing a little input on doing front springs on my OBS. Not going to lift... just not practical for me and what truck is used for. It's my work rig, so down time is a factor. With that said, my question is about whether I would be best served having my current springs re-arched, or replace them. Bushings are crap and need replaced as well. I believe some outfits ship springs with new bushings installed. Any recommendations are welcome.

Oh, and in case its important, the rig again is my work rig and tows respectable loads almost daily. Lots of tight turns backing heavy trailers into tight spots, etc. Also use it on weekends to take the dirt bikes out, etc. It isn't a looks only rig I guess is my point. She gets used the way it was designed to be used.

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Re: OBS front springs

If you dont want any lift. I would get new springs. Ive had springs rearched and they dont last. You will want to replace the bushing on the top of the front shackle. It will probly be dead too.

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Re: OBS front springs

Thanks for the input. I was concerned about re-arches lasting. I'll get new ones and all the bushings. Any recommendations as to where to get them?

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Re: OBS front springs

Look in your local area for a spring shop.

or you can try here http://stengelbros.com/
or Ford

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Re: OBS front springs

Try Jeff's bronco graveyard for new springs.

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Re: OBS front springs

Just something about rearched springs. I had mine done 9 years ago and then a single spring add a leaf put in and to this day the distance between the spring and bump stop is the same as it was when I put them in.

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Just something about rearched springs. I had mine done 9 years ago and then a single spring add a leaf put in and to this day the distance between the spring and bump stop is the same as it was when I put them in.
You have a oddity then. Because ANY spring will settle over time, especially over 9 years

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Yeah that does seem odd that they wouldn't sag. I found a couple spring shops here in town I am going to call Tomorrow. Any other bushings I ought to be doing at same time to correct the terrible tire wear?

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Yeah that does seem odd that they wouldn't sag. I found a couple spring shops here in town I am going to call Tomorrow. Any other bushings I ought to be doing at same time to correct the terrible tire wear?
Your axle pivot bushings and check your ball joints

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Your axle pivot bushings and check your ball joints
, The axle pivot bushing is a big thing, total crap shoot if you ask me. In fact, that was what was the deciding factor for me to go to a D60, was the fact that I had it aligned 3 times, and it was still wrecking a 450$ tire on the front passenger side. Seemed like a no brainer to buy the D60 setup for 800bucks and not wreck my tires.

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