(Picture below) I removed one leaf spring, except for the main eye leaf. Removed from the rubber housing, and mount. The spring came off okay, and they were all together with no pressure on the center bolt. After they sat a while the one leaf, on it's own straitened out. Am I gone crazy or is this an actual real happening when they are removed?.
(Picture Below) When depressed manually, the ends are not against the one on top, like they were on the car. They DID relax a little, but not this much.
(Picture Below)The leafs in this picture. The top one is the 3rd down from the eye leaf. The one under it, is the proposed replacement. As I understand, the most top leaf is the one that takes the most heat, and that one should be the one replaced, however, cost and availability is in play here. So, we go the next sized leaf to replace. The 3rd leaf.
The new leaf will be trimed and cut to equal the original leaf... The arch is just about the same, except for the very ends....
My question: Am I on the right track?, and what about "Spring slap"?. if I am on the right track, then what causes spring slap?... Mind you, I can not go with new springs right now. I am looking to have the rear end a little higher than the front. The back on the car is not that low, but low enough to bother me while driving. It drives good, doesn't bounce, and feels like the springs are in good condition...
Before I put them together, (with the new leaf) and re-install. They will be cleaned up and painted.... The original rubber in between the leafs, and the base spring houseing will be put back on also, cleaned up and painted. The condition of the rubber is in very good condition. Lot's of rubbery rubber. Not severely cracked, and breaking. All came apart quite well, without any bolt problems at all.
The last question: The very last one, the smallest. Can I cut another leaf, 1/2 the size of the last one, and add it in for additional height?. The bottom springs are mainly for height right?. As I understand it.
If all is well, I will be starting the leaf work.... Input would be most appreciated..... Thank you.