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Old 08-07-2007, 12:35 AM   #1
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Hi all...What a cool site! Im a newbie to the sight and the trailer genre. I am using the heck out of a 65 Hunter Compact II, but I have broken a leaf spring!! Are these 1. Hard to come by and/ or
2. hard or easy to install? Love to hear from someone on this!
It looks fairly simple, but I have never done any repair remotely similar.
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:50 AM   #2
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Hi all...What a cool site! Im a newbie to the sight and the trailer genre. I am using the heck out of a 65 Hunter Compact II, but I have broken a leaf spring!! Are these 1. Hard to come by and/ or
2. hard or easy to install? Love to hear from someone on this!
It looks fairly simple, but I have never done any repair remotely similar.
Thanks, Mike
Springs are easy to replace. What you should do at the same time is replace the U-bolts. It is easy to just use the old ones, but automotive owner’s manuals say replace, do NOT reuse the U-bolts. They are so cheap I always replace.

To replace the trailer springs, you need to measure the length and determine the load in order to buy the replacements. They are really not very expensive. Always replace both sides.

Sample http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product...=trailer+spring

I hope this helps,
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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I agree that it better to replace the u-bolts, mounting bolts, spacers, and shackles. I would definitly replace BOTH springs so that they are a matched set. Try finding the parts locally because shipping on the springs will be kind of high. Try a local tractor or farm supply shop.

If you know someone with pnuematic tools you can have the job done in about 15 minutes (I know from experience.) Without air tools count on more, maybe an hour. I think that is why my friends keep dragging their broken stuff to my house, I seem to have all of the tools.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:07 PM   #4
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Springs are easy to replace. What you should do at the same time is replace the U-bolts. It is easy to just use the old ones, but automotive owner’s manuals say replace, do NOT reuse the U-bolts. They are so cheap I always replace.

To replace the trailer springs, you need to measure the length and determine the load in order to buy the replacements. They are really not very expensive. Always replace both sides.

Sample http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product...=trailer+spring

I hope this helps,
Mike
Mike
Thanks very much. I took it down to a spring shop and they are going to actually install them for me, along with new u-bolts. It was going to be quite a job loosening those bolts with my lame-o tools! Im going a bit beefier on this set as well
Thanks again to all who replied!
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