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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-17-2003, 09:26 PM
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i hate rust so much, it is taking out my rear fenders..a tiny bit on my frame, but now i jsut found rust inthe cab, on the sides underneath the silver step sheild things next to the froint seats.. what is that panel called (for replacement panels). and do leaf springs become liek unsafe after a period of time..i have the stock leafs thanks alot
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2003, 03:48 PM
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on the sides underneath the silver step sheild things next to the froint seats.. what is that panel called (for replacement panels).
Rocker Panels. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

and do leaf springs become liek unsafe after a period of time..
Yep.
Are your's sagging, uneven (side to side), or, what leads you to believe they're unsafe?
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i thought the rocker panels were in the rear, and the leafs seem liek they are sagging a little and they dont look so good, surface rust and such not alot though
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Re: rust

those are quarterpanels in the rear
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Re: rust

Lots of metal there in the leaf springs. I can't imagine them rusting away to the point of being unsafe. However, I've spent most of my time in the southwest where it's dry and very little road salt. The metal can get fatigued and the springs will sag. You may be able to add a leaf from the junkyard, get a set with low miles from the junkyard, or go new and get some lift. I've added leaves from the F150. They are thinner than bronco leaves, therefore you can add without getting too harsh a ride. I cut down three for each side and added them under my existing leafs. I used a 4" grinder and got longer grade 6 bolts to bolt the pack together (you got to grind the hex bolt to round to fit in the block as a pin and hold them on the axle). You may need longer u-bolts to add leaves as well and you might need a wedge to keep the pinion angle correct if you add much lift.
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Re: rust

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While Blown is right about rust not being dangerous on leaf springs, be advised they do wear and can break. I broke both bundles in half, just behind the rear axle, while I had my 86 in the Arctic. Came off a bridge on a gravel road and one of the rear wheels fell straight into a deep pot hole and both 4 leaf bundles snapped clean in half !

I replaced mine with 3/4 ton leafs, against the advice of my southern spring shop. I also pussied out and added those velvet ride shackles to the bronco, cause people were losing their dentures onto the dash, just crossing town in my rig. The other reason was they were cheaper than stock.

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Rust is a fact of life up here in the snow belt. We either buy new, under spray with oil or learn to weld.(or all of the above)
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