[Mgs] MGB leaf springs
robincamblin at att.net
Tue Jan 10 11:41:52 MST 2017
Just did a set last month pn a 75B. They turned out fine.
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From: David Councill via Mgs <mgs at autox.team.net>
Date: 01/10/2017 10:09 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: MG-MGB at yahoogroups.com,mgs at autox.team.net
Subject: [Mgs] MGB leaf springs
Has anyone installed leaf springs recently? I will explain the reason for this question. I decided to replace the front suspension bushings on my 64B this winter with polyurethane. Upon disassembly of the front end, I ended up having to replace the A-arms (oval holes). When I cleaned the spring pans, both showed small cracks so I replaced those as well and since I went that far, I figure I better replace the springs as well. But now, the rear of the car is about 1” lower than the front. Now I am pondering replacing the leaf springs as well since I also plan on replacing those bushings as well. However, it looks like I will need to cut the front bolts to remove them since they are frozen in place so I have been slow to do this.
That brings me to my 72B. I replaced the leaf springs about 10 years ago. At that time, there was an issue with the leaf springs over arcing such that the rear was higher by a good 2” after I installed them. To fix this, I replaced the front coil springs. Plus, in addition to the cost of the leaf springs, I had to buy costly spacer blocks to lower the rear another 1 ½” or thereabouts. There was never a settling of the leaf springs over time but the car rides a fairly even 14.5” ride height (measured center of wheel to chrome strip).
I notice also (today) that Moss has just started a new sale and I can get new leaf springs for about $70 USD each. And thus the question – do current Moss leaf springs still have this over-arcing issue such that I am going to get too high of a lift again? It was a big issue a decade ago as I mentioned but I don’t recall hearing of this issue the past several years.
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