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I think I have a leaf spring problem (PICS).

I've included some pictures of what I think might be missing. There is that piece that is clamped around the passenger side spring on the rear. There isn't one on the driver side. I noticed that there is like a "clank" from the rear when I hit bumps. The sound has been there for awhile but it seems to be getting louder and happening more often. By the look of the rust if the piece is missing it has been for quite awhile.

Is there a part missing? And if so is it dangerous to have that piece not there?

PASSENGER SIDE BACK


PASSENGER SIDE FRONT


DRIVER SIDE BACK


DRIVER SIDE FRONT
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i think i have someting smaller than that on both sides, do u hav AAL by anychance? you have an extra leaf over me...
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Nope that is the way it came from the factory.
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Take it to a spring shop. They will re arc them for you and put them all back nice and straight....

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Take it to a spring shop. They will re arc them for you and put they all back nice and straight....
They are supposed to be nice and straight? Mine look like that too.
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heh

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your springs are missing the "spring containers".....they keep the springs from rotating around the center pin and looking like your current springs.....any spring shop should be able to put a couple on your driver side springs....

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They are supposed to be nice and straight? Mine look like that too.
yea they are technically susposed to be all in a line for maximum payload and effectiveness.....

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Take it to a spring shop. They will re arc them for you
i personally wouldn't have the springs re-arched......when you heat tempered steel, it weakens the steel......if you have an '02-'03 that needs to be re-arched, then you have beat the **** out of your truck.....my '97 springs were fine when i took mine off and if they are not already they will be on John (winks) truck shortly.....
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yea they are technically susposed to be all in a line for maximum payload and effectiveness.....
To clarify, the bottom spring looks like what is posted. Where all my springs line up except the bottom piece is at a different angle. EG:



So this is something I should take to the dealership for a warranty issue?
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my stock springs took alot of abuse but tyes you are missing a clamp, is it all that unsafe with out it? no, it will be fine.
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i would take it in for warranty work......and DON'T let them tell you that is normal......that is a sign of a loose center pin and poor workmanship....
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i personally wouldn't have the springs re-arched......when you heat tempered steel, it weakens the steel......if you have an '02-'03 that needs to be re-arched, then you have beat the **** out of your truck.....my '97 springs were fine when i took mine off and if they are not already they will be on John (winks) truck shortly.....
I had mine on my old truck redone due to pulling the boat all the time, and I just had the Rangers done maybe 4 months ago. If you put the weight to em all the time, they need it. IMO.
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I had mine on my old truck redone due to pulling the boat all the time, and I just had the Rangers done maybe 4 months ago. If you put the weight to em all the time, they need it. IMO.
you ought to consider the Chevy spring swap.....it will give you added payload and you wouldn't have to spend the money on re-acrching your springs every so often.....
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you ought to consider the Chevy spring swap.....it will give you added payload and you wouldn't have to spend the money on re-acrching your springs every so often.....
I have thought about it, but I don't want any more lift then I already have. I think the truck sits nice right now.... Ya know?
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shorter shackles?
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Mine look like that to Tommy. Its been like that since new. I guess i'll take it to get looked at. Quality Ford
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I've had 4 sets of rear springs do as yours are. The bottom spring shifts from below the rest of the leaf pack.

A local shop ( Brute Spring ) Makes custome leafs here, 125$ a Pair. They also make Custom U-bolts that are STRONG ( ask Rideac1-joe or Shadyluke about them :) ).

I would suggest replacing them. Re-Arching them only weakens the metal.
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Will the dealer fix or just bandaid the problem?
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Mine look like that to Tommy. Its been like that since new. I guess i'll take it to get looked at. Quality Ford
Let me know what they say, thanks!
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I was looking at the pics and it looks like you are missing 1/2 of a leaf, drivers side back. mine did that and made noise but i didnt loose the strap
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I was looking at the pics and it looks like you are missing 1/2 of a leaf, drivers side back. mine did that and made noise but i didnt loose the strap

that short leaf is an overload leaf, its not a full leaf
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Is it normal to be out of line with the others?
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i see four leafs in all but 1 pic
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i see four leafs in all but 1 pic
its the angle of the picture
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mine looked like that until i put my aal in... now they are straight
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