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Shane
11-18-2009, 11:25 PM
I called SI to find out info on their rear springs, they did not know the difference from the standard to the heavy duty. '64 cruiser has four leafs its sagging bad. I would like to find out before I dole out over six hundred dollars for a set. Thanks for any input...Shane

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JDP
11-19-2009, 01:04 AM
quote:Originally posted by Shane

I called SI to find out info on their rear springs, they did not know the difference from the standard to the heavy duty. '64 cruiser has four leafs its sagging bad. I would like to find out before I dole out over six hundred dollars for a set. Thanks for any input...Shane

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Did you say $600 a set ?

JDP/Maryland

StudeRich
11-19-2009, 01:56 AM
Sure; $575.00 for a Standard pair, $590.00 for a H.D. pair, with shipping it would be way over $600.00 maybe $650.00

You get an extra short leaf on the factory H.D. Sedan spring, it has 5.

StudeRich

studebakerkid
11-19-2009, 04:06 AM
I bought a new pair from N&A 20 years ago for my 65 but I bought the HD taxicab and they made a difference but I still installed coil overloads for when I hauled a trailer. If I was you I would replace the spring eyes with nylon bushings and order the ton leaf overloads from JC Whitney. I did such on the 54 20 years ago and it still rides right.

If you car is ugly then it better be fast.....

65 2dr sedan
64 2dr sedan (Pinkie)
61 V8 Tcab
61 Tcab 20R powered
55 Commander Wagon
54 Champion Wagon
46 Gibson Model A
50 JD MC

rusty nut garage
11-19-2009, 09:03 AM
Find a spring shop and have yours rearched and add a leaf under the main leaf. Drive it awhile and let it settle. If its too high shorten the added leaf a small amount until your happy with the ride height. If your really on a budget find another set of stude springs, cut the eyes off the main and use it as your added spring. More work but saves $$$.


quote:Originally posted by Shane

I called SI to find out info on their rear springs, they did not know the difference from the standard to the heavy duty. '64 cruiser has four leafs its sagging bad. I would like to find out before I dole out over six hundred dollars for a set. Thanks for any input...Shane

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GEEMAC
11-19-2009, 10:34 AM
Check with Eaton spring Detroit MI. MAC

Dan White
11-19-2009, 11:31 AM
Get them from Eaton, $479 a pair. I got some for my Hawk from them a couple of years ago.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

skyway
11-19-2009, 01:19 PM
"Did you say $600 a set ?"

Welcome to the happy world of SASCO parts post SASCO!

Anyone remember how much SASCO had those wagon leafs for at the Spring Swap a few years ago? Something like $100 each, or was it $100 for a pair?

Gunslinger
11-19-2009, 04:11 PM
One could always do as I did with my Avanti...bought composite leaf springs from Flex-A-Form. Cost was within a few dollars of Eaton steel springs, had them in little more than a week and they only weight eight pounds each as opposed to about fifty for steel. They have the specs for Stude springs computerized and can spit them out quickly.

If you're not worried about authenticity it's a good way to go. As much as I like patronizing our vendors here, bucks is bucks and there's too big a difference in dollars to ignore.



Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

tluz
11-19-2009, 04:17 PM
I read some critiquess of the composite springs to the effect that, because there is only one "leaf," any failure of that leaf would be catastrophic. Coupled with the fact that the composite materials necessarily break down over time, the composite springs could become dangerous, as opposed to simply saggy. You clearly have a different view about this and I'd love to know what it is.

Gunslinger
11-19-2009, 05:37 PM
Corvettes have had composite leaf springs since about 1980 or so and I'm on the Vette forums a lot...I've never seen where anyone complains about a failed unit. They're discussed often by those with steel springs asking for advice about which composite to go with...spring rate, etc. Lots of Vette owners go with composite in place of steel. I think the technology for composite is well proven now. My experience so far with composite on my Avanti is very positive...admittedly, only a bit over two years, which isn't conclusive, but I'm very pleased with them.

Also...lots of GM cars were equipped with single leaf steel springs...what happens if they break?


Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

dean pearson
11-19-2009, 10:45 PM
I'm not using the leaf springs out of my 52 Commander, Is there even a slim chance they are the same?
Make you a heck of a deal.

Dean.

64Avanti
11-20-2009, 10:54 PM
If only one leaf (the main spring) of a multi leaf spring breaks then you have the same problem that a single leaf spring has.

David L

Thomas63R2
11-20-2009, 11:56 PM
I've drag raced and road raced with composite springs - never had one break, or seen any other composite spring break. The weight savings is sweet, and they give an improved ride quality over a steel multi leaf spring - better handling response too. All positives, no negatives.

Thomas

bondobilly
11-24-2009, 08:13 PM
This past summer I went to a spring/suspension place in the Bronx. Pulled all the leafs except the top one, added new leafs to get proper height. Less than $300 if I remember correctly, plus a tip to the head guy.

mbstude
11-24-2009, 08:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by Shane

I would like to find out before I dole out over six hundred dollars for a set.


Holy crap.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA