How long would it take a spring shop to reverse the eyes on a rear leaf spring? I have a bottom leaf off of another spring that I was going to bring to them. Would they be able to do it with the leaf off of the spring? I will bring them the spring I want to use as well. Any thoughts on this? any suggestions would really help me out.
I did my own last year I think it was.
A press,a magic marker,a tape measure and about a hour,and I was done.
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Alex -- The spring shop can reverse the curve in the spring, rather than the eyes. It has the same result, and takes them a short time. The gentle curve of the leaf is much easier to deal with than the tight roll of the eyes.
Gentle curve? Of a rear leaf?
Front maybe, not the rear.
My real question is, if I brought my leaf spring to a spring shop, would they be able to do it so I could go and pick it up in the same day? Im trying to figure wether it would be faster to buy a reversed eye leaf from Langs or just go to my local spring shop tomorrow (friday)? What is my best choice?
Call them and see how busy they are. I've had several sets of springs redone including having the eyes reversed, but I've always had to leave them for 3-4 weeks.
Call the prospective shop and ask. Every shop is different depending on work load and number of employees. Some shops even sublet jobs.
You don't need a spring shop for that job - not even a press, just a big and sturdy vice and a piece of exhaust pipe that fits over the spring leaf for leverage.
I've reversed the front spring main leaf to get the eyes on the top side, gives 1" lowering, but reversing the eyes isn't necessary on a rear spring - you can lower it more than 1", perhaps like 3" just by re arching the main and some of the other leaves.
I overdid it by lowering about 4" in the rear - now there is only 1" left of spring travel until it bumps into the rear axle housing.. But moderate lowering like 2"-3" shouldn't be a problem with a big vice on a sturdy heavy workbench & a long wide pipe for leverage. Don't bend a leaf right over the center hole - I broke a front main leaf while trying to gently re arch over the center hole.
Now I'll have to modify more in the rear by moving the axle rearwards in this fashion:
I'll be surprised if you find a spring shop to reverse the eyes in a rear spring. A front spring would be easy because they just re-arch and don't mess with the eyes. Trying to re-arch a rear spring to it's correct shape would be a challenge that a spring shop would most probably take a pass on. But you can ask.
Oops -- I missed the part about it being a rear spring. I was thinking front. Sorry about that.
My sole experience with an old time Houston spring shop was to have offered to me my pair of '30 Packard front springs with kinks in them and called with a straight face a re-arch job. This was after due effort up front of explaining just WHAT they were for.
They did them over
Be aware of business staffed by persons from other geographical places that think such crap work is normal.