Join Date: Sep 2000
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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.
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)