Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: bent leaf spring
Just a few days ago I straightened a leaf spring. It is a stock '78 CJ7 front with factory HD suspension. It has a secondary main leaf that is below the main leaf and wraps loosely around the eyes. Those two leaves were bent about a third of the way from the axel to the rear eye. The bend had those leaves raised about an inch above the rest of the spring pack, which was not damaged.
I just put it in the press, supported about three inches either side of the bend, and pumped down on it. The third try, going a little farther each time, had the bend almost completely removed. I decided to stop there rather than go farther and risk putting a backwards bend in the rest of the spring pack.
Had the bend not come out I would have disassembled the pack, but fortunately that was not necessary. No problem.