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It is possible to redrill a leaf spring??

I can get a set of stock wrangler springs and they are much longer than my skinny early CJ springs. I was looking at the Hollbrook offset springs for the early CJs. And I was wondering If I can redrill the centeringbolt and move my axle offset on it to fit under my jeep?

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Re: It is possible to redrill a leaf spring??

Ive heard of alot of folks doing that, most say to use a masonry bit? sounds funny, but I recall DRM was always talking about how well it worked.

I also heard that if the old hole isnt under the area covered by the perch or U bolt plate, its likely to crack there from flexing.

Ive never done it, mind you, only heard/read those things!

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Re: It is possible to redrill a leaf spring??

I have access to carbide bits, they will drill the spring. just remember run the drill slow and use plenty of oil. Colbalt may too, But I have always used carbide.
The insert in a masonary bit is carbide, so that may work but I have never tried it.
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Re: It is possible to redrill a leaf spring??

Yep, you can redrill them, but you don't want the hole to be too far off center (not to mention it'd really screw with the flex of the spring).

Hey, did you get my email with the link to the pics?
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Re: It is possible to redrill a leaf spring??

Canis,
I didnt recieve your email.. i am just about to put on some p[ics on our website from last weekend.

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Hmmmm...I sent it to the email address in your profile. I'll try again through the Caloosa homepage.
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