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Thread: Broken spring

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    Default Broken spring

    My plans for going away at Easter with the camper tent on the trailer came unstuck when I found one side had a broken spring, not far from the rear eye. I've been trying to find replacement springs since but having trouble because the old springs were 900mm eye to eye and can't find that size readily available. If I were to change to a shorter spring (705mm seems to be readily available) would it be acceptable to weld the spring shackles onto a length of heavy angle and then bolt that onto the trailer chassis? Perhaps just the trailing eye shackle?
    The other option is that someone might recommend where I could get a spring that would replace the originals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiprat View Post
    My plans for going away at Easter with the camper tent on the trailer came unstuck when I found one side had a broken spring, not far from the rear eye. I've been trying to find replacement springs since but having trouble because the old springs were 900mm eye to eye and can't find that size readily available. If I were to change to a shorter spring (705mm seems to be readily available) would it be acceptable to weld the spring shackles onto a length of heavy angle and then bolt that onto the trailer chassis? Perhaps just the trailing eye shackle?
    The other option is that someone might recommend where I could get a spring that would replace the originals?
    Just go to your local car/4x4 spring shop they will make one or two to suit .Alot of boat trailers have the shackel mounts welded to a bolt on angle bracket so yes you could do that .You could also go to a slipper spring not as much welding skills involved just use the front hanger and weld on a rear retainer leave the old rear mount there .But it will move the axel forward useing the shorter spring and front mount .

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejw66 View Post
    Just go to your local car/4x4 spring shop they will make one or two to suit .Alot of boat trailers have the shackel mounts welded to a bolt on angle bracket so yes you could do that .You could also go to a slipper spring not as much welding skills involved just use the front hanger and weld on a rear retainer leave the old rear mount there .But it will move the axel forward useing the shorter spring and front mount .
    This place has an 840mm eye to eye of road trailer spring
    https://www.swiftcotrailerparts.com....EYE-SS181.html
    so do this one https://www.ispglendale.com.au/trail...ories/springs/

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    With one spring broken I think I would be replacing ALL the springs. To start off again with fresh springs would give a lot of peace of mind
    Just do it!

    Kind regards Rod

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    Quote Originally Posted by chambezio View Post
    With one spring broken I think I would be replacing ALL the springs. To start off again with fresh springs would give a lot of peace of mind
    Yes you do not only replace one especally if they are not off the shelf the same item differant lengths loads etc mybe keep the old one as a spare if off roading

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    Which ever way you go about it, doesn't really matter, eye and eye springs give a better ride.
    The important thing is that the axle is retained in its original place, moving it forward or backwards will affect the handling of it, by adding or removing weight on the towball.
    Kryn
    To grow old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

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