Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: CJ7 Rear leaf spring problem?
I kinked a front much worse than that over two years ago. Put it in the shop press and fiddled with it for a while and got it back where it's supposed to be. It's worked fine ever since.
The trick is to devise a method for measuring bend you put in with the press. Then release the pressure and check the results. If you need more go a little farther. Repeat until it's where it should be.
Use relatively small steps. I supported the spring about three inches on either side of the kink. Initially I bent it maybe a half inch. That did nothing, so I gave it 3/4". That straightened it a little, so from there on I went in 1/8" increments until it was good as new. Those numbers may not be exact - my memory isn't what it used to be [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/codger.gif[/img] but that's the idea.