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Old 20th July 2008, 13:54   #1
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Default Softening ride by removal of leaf spring

A thought...I believe its been done before :

Intention : To 'soften' the ride quality on a Scorpio rear end.
Rear Axle : Fixed with leaf springs.

What would be the result of removing a single one of the leaves in the spring stack?

Pros: (1) Softer ride, (2) less shock from one wheel to the other.
Cons: (1) Increase sway / roll on cornering, (2) lowered rear ride height(?)
(3) Decreased load carrying capacity.

Anything else? Would it result in another spring snapping on account of the increased load ?

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Old 20th July 2008, 19:06   #2
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Go for the fiberglass springs. Makes a big difference.
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... fiberglass springs...
Would'nt that be really expensive ? and availability in India ?

I'd like to achieve a 'softer' ride with the least possible alteration / additions / cost ... keeping in mind safety ... it would be the way to go.
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Dont mess with it for gods sake!! Buy another car!!
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The fibreglass springs are great. I believe it costs about 14k for a pair for the scorpio. do a search on the forum the contacts are there
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The fibreglass springs are great. I believe it costs about 14k for a pair for the scorpio. do a search on the forum the contacts are there
Thanks prabhuav...will do
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Please rule out the removing leaf option. It wont help, and in fact put more strain on the remaining leaves. Just in case you still want to experiment with this option, remove a leaf, and hammer the remaining ones, to increase the curve. That way, you can retain the existing GC. I am not familiar with SUV spring leaves, and given my experience with heavy vehicles, still do not recommend this though.
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Please rule out the removing leaf option... and in fact put more strain on the remaining leaves...
Thanks BaCkSeAtDrIVeR,

I have been doing a bit of research on this, and given the various opinions on this forum such as yours above and Cyrus43 below:

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Dont mess with it for gods sake!! Buy another car!!
To sum it up, no one really said 'go ahead, do it, I've done it and it works....this is the way to do it...etc etc.'

Hence have decided to stay with the current setup and accept the fact that the ride of a 'load' bearing vehicle has to be 'stiffer' without load...And honestly, its not bad, its just the desire to do 'something'.

Thanks to all for the inputs.

Advice to self: Drive easier over the bumps.
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Actually, the fibre spring set up dramatically improves the ride. A friend of mine fixed it on his Scorpio over 18 months ago and they are still going strong.
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...the fibre spring set up dramatically improves the ride....
Hi jyobeb,

Yep, Prabuhav also endorses them...have searched on these forums for suppliers/posts regards fibreglass springs, but cannot find any. Maybe I am searching with wrong keywords...

If any one can direct me to suppliers/fitters for fibreglass springs for the Scorpio here in Mumbai...thanks in advance.
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Hi Mohnish,

> If any one can direct me to suppliers/fitters for fibreglass springs for the
> Scorpio here in Mumbai...thanks in advance.

The following message gives a contact in Pune. This is a little old message, but could be a start for you.

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Since you need to log in to read the message. With due regards to Dr Mandar Ketkar, Pune who posted this on Apr 12, 2007:

Ajit Chabada, Pune ajitchabada@hotmail.com (0)9823011011 for fibre glass leaf springs

Hope this helps!
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...The following message gives a contact in Pune. This is a little old message, but could be a start for you...Hope this helps!
Thanks trrk, will check out the link.
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