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Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby DieselPower » Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:49 am

Now then guys, hoping someone can help a beginner. I've bought a LWB RWD Transit (Mk6 TDDI) to move some stuff around. It's been fitted with 5+1 rear leaf springs and bounces all over the place when unladen. I'm presuming it's been done to disguise when it's overloaded. If you owned this truck, what would you fit to transport around 1400kg max? Should I take a leaf out as a starting point? As a side note, does anyone recognise this rear diff casing type? It reads massively under on the speedo, so assume it's been swapped for motorway cruising.

Also if you spot anything dodgy in the pics please shout, I'm new to this and have already uncovered a stack of bodges that I'm sorting out.

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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby knobby1 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:55 pm

Your photo's don't appear in your post.

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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby dumper » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:25 pm

It does on mine Knobby must to be to far down under :lol:
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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby Altransit » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:46 pm

They don't show up on my computer either :?

Are you using Tapatalk Dumper :?:
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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby metalworker0 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:56 pm

Use open in new tab and they come up

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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby metalworker0 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:11 pm

I got to ride in such a transit just before Christmas , belonged to a breakers yard ..

it was as if the whole back end had no give in it at all ..the smallest bump would have his tool box jumping about, everything rattling, very hard ride .

This guy ...sells this device .......non on there at the moment ..but they will be back ..he's been selling them for years .

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265240904148?

I'm sure this will go a long way to helping you get a smoother ride .

They say in many places grease the shackles .....but here's a question

They have metalastic bushes in them .........which means the rubber twists not the bolts ...
Am i right?

all the best..mark
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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby DieselPower » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:58 am

knobby1 wrote:Your photo's don't appear in your post.

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I've uploaded them here, hope that now works:

Link to Images Album: https://imgur.com/a/aUDQLwA

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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby DieselPower » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:04 am

metalworker0 wrote:I got to ride in such a transit just before Christmas , belonged to a breakers yard ..

it was as if the whole back end had no give in it at all ..the smallest bump would have his tool box jumping about, everything rattling, very hard ride .

This guy ...sells this device .......non on there at the moment ..but they will be back ..he's been selling them for years .

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265240904148?

I'm sure this will go a long way to helping you get a smoother ride .


Yeah, it's exactly like that, things smashing about at the rear, it shook out two of my side marker light screws in a 5 mile journey that i'd forgotten to tighten up properly.

metalworker0 wrote:
They say in many places grease the shackles .....but here's a question

They have metalastic bushes in them .........which means the rubber twists not the bolts ...
Am i right?



all the best..mark


I'm not sure, I'll have to read up on how leaf springs work. The rubbers between the ends have def seen better days. Someone has suggested to me that the 3 springs look like they've come from a smiley, not sure if that's a problem, or if they should be OK to use.
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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby knobby1 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:56 pm

Poor thing looks like it's been living at the bottom of the ocean for seveal years. :shock:

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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby Altransit » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:01 pm

knobby1 wrote:Poor thing looks like it's been living at the bottom of the ocean for seveal years. :shock:

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That looks pretty good for a Mk6 living in the UK :P :lol:
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Re: Leaf springs 5+1 too firm.

Postby DieselPower » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:08 am

knobby1 wrote:Poor thing looks like it's been living at the bottom of the ocean for seveal years. :shock:

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It was the most solid of the 5 I looked at, only one to have it's original sills still in tact. I've got a little blasting cabinet which I'm modifying a bit to get larger parts in. That diff cover will be one of the first to go in.
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