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Old 09-25-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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leaf spring replacement

i am replacing my broken stock spring with another stock spring. problem is the bushings are shot in both. i am confused on which bushings i need to get to replace them. it is just one spring, i am seeing two types of bushing replacements, one is a rubber bushing, the other has a metal sleeve along with the bushing. which do i need, or do i need one of each? are ther any other parts i will need. i have already purchased some new u-bolts and will get some more bushing bolts. thanks in advance.Leaf Spring Bushing - Auto Parts Warehouse

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Old 09-26-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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the link doesn't work. But the metal sleve goes inside the bushing. so if you have the metal sleve then you just need the bushings. If you don't have the sleve then you need the bushings with the sleve's. personally i would order the one with the metal sleves either way just for peace of mind in knowing that the whole piece is in good shape. but other than that, sounds like you have all the parts you need. if you need someone to explain how to do it pm me. I've done it to two of my springs and am in the process of doing it to a third.

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I realize this is a long-dead thread, but Google seems fond of it, so I wanted to get a solid answer here.

I just did all four springs on my 95 YJ, though I got all new springs and bushings.
The thing that I didn't know (and I wish I knew!) was that the springs have two different kinds of bushings -- a larger one called the main eye, which mates directly to the frame, and a smaller one called the shackle bushing, which mates (you guessed it) to the shackle, which then mates to the frame.

The Main Eye bushings are one piece - an outer steel tube, lined with a thick rubber or poly bushing, which is lined with an inner steel sleeve. This whole assembly is very solid, and fits in to the main eye on the spring very VERY snugly.
I got new, OEM-spec springs, and it took a tremendous amount of force (and a big-ass bench vise) to get them seated.

The Shackle Eye bushings that I used are a three-piece assembly. There's two Poly bushings that fit in to the eye (one on each side) and a steel tube that slides in the center, holding them in place during mounting.

For each spring, you'll need a main eye bushing and a shackle eye bushing.


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