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    Leaf spring clamps

    I want to add an add a leaf to a spring pack I have. The spring pack is 3 leaves (with overload removed) and the clamp is tight around the springs - no room for 1 more leaf. The leaf I want to add is 4 inches longer than the shortest spring so I want it in the pack, but that means I need new clamps.

    I have seen a few different bolt together ones but they all look funky. Is there any particular style clamp I should be looking at?

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      #3
      Is there enough there to heat it up, bend it straight, then bend it back over once you get the leaf in there?

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        #4
        Rancho and superlift make some. I saw them in summit racing. Curious if anyone has used them? They look flimsy

        https://www.summitracing.com/parts/slf-00250

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          #5
          That style, in my experience, does not stay put.

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            #6
            Yeah thats what I was thinking. I also saw the kind with 2 plates that bolt together like a metal sandwich, but again there is nothing to prevent it from walking

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              #7
              I bought that set of clamps that I posted earlier and they worked perfect. They have a dimple on the clamp to locate them into the hole on the leaf. The dimple was not very pronounced, so after I got the packs clamped together I hit that spot with a punch. Looks like it should hold up. Have not wheeled it yet, truck is still on blocks, but it looks good enough for me

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                #8
                Originally posted by Fishnbeer View Post
                I bought that set of clamps that I posted earlier and they worked perfect. They have a dimple on the clamp to locate them into the hole on the leaf. The dimple was not very pronounced, so after I got the packs clamped together I hit that spot with a punch. Looks like it should hold up. Have not wheeled it yet, truck is still on blocks, but it looks good enough for me
                They'll come loose. I even tried tacking em in place and they didn't hold.

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                  #9
                  Okay what if I found a large bolt with a flat head and bolted it together? Kind of like a carriage bolt, but instead of domed on the top have it flat? Do you think that would work?

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                    #10
                    Or what if you tapped threads into the hole on the leaf? Then just bolt the clamp to the spring?

                    Anyone ever tried tapping a leaf spring?

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                      #11
                      They will never stay where you want unless you leave it parked on flat ground.

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                        #12
                        I straightened out my clamps then, after I added a leaf, I drilled a 3/8 hole in each side of the clamp, made a 2-1/2" tubing spacer, and put a bolt through it with a lock nut so it's right against the top of the main leaf. If that makes sense.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Fishnbeer View Post
                          Okay what if I found a large bolt with a flat head and bolted it together? Kind of like a carriage bolt, but instead of domed on the top have it flat? Do you think that would work?
                          The bolt you are looking for is called a Elevator Bolt. I used them for this purpose and they worked fine. Made spring keepers out of 1" flat bar, open at the top with a bolt through about 1" above the top leaf to allow a little movement.
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