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Username Post: 2006 1500 leaf springs        (Topic#356304)
frankthetank 
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05-06-19 10:49 AM - Post#2765826    

So I was adjusting the leaf spring shackles on my 06 silverado 1500 2wd crew cab on Saturday when I noticed I believe the center leaf spring(total of 3 leafs)was cracked in 2 with a considerable chunk missing.

I have a couple of questions, the first one being is does anyone know of a good leaf spring manufacturer/supplier? I’m looking for hopefully American made. I’ve only had these Dorman replacements about 3 1/2 years & based on the fact I rarely ever haul anything, I feel they should of lasted much longer.

My second question is, how dangerous is this to drive around on, it is the center spring.

Thanks in advance guys.

1963 Chevrolet impala sport coupe
2006 Chevrolet silverado crew cab 2wd


 
Smitty_Chevy 
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05-08-19 11:53 AM - Post#2765956    
    In response to frankthetank

As far as safety is concerned, in my opinion the only place I would drive it is to get new springs.

I'm curious as to why you had to replace the original springs to start with. I towed a 8,800 pound 35 ft. travel trailer with my 2003 Silverado 1500 for several years and never needed to replace any springs.



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frankthetank 
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05-08-19 09:51 PM - Post#2765986    
    In response to Smitty_Chevy

When I bought the truck the original leafs had a leaf removed to lower it so I had to go with the new dorman replacements. I’m skeptical of replacements now. Still trying to find a reputable source for some more.

1963 Chevrolet impala sport coupe
2006 Chevrolet silverado crew cab 2wd


 
someotherguy 
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05-09-19 05:33 AM - Post#2766008    
    In response to frankthetank

Dorman doesn't make many items that are equal to OEM in quality, not even close...but that's just my personal opinion.

Real spring shops are probably a thing of the past at this point but not all that long ago we had a spring shop here in town that we would use that could make springs to order. Just down the street from the generator/starter rebuilder shop...

Check with Husky Spring

Richard

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rockfangd 
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05-09-19 05:52 PM - Post#2766058    
    In response to someotherguy

I would be cautious driving it with a broken spring, but as long as it is not the main it should stay put.
I put heavy duty springs from Rockauto on my 90 about 10 years ago and although very rusty Neither have broken.
My originals broke back then.
I towed and hauled with no issues.
I feel that it is starting to get a little excessive bounce so I would say it is probably due for another set

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Bad Bowtie 
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05-16-19 09:02 AM - Post#2766541    
    In response to rockfangd

I would get a matched (original) set from a local salvage yard.

Used to be a business "Detroit Spring" up in Michigan. Might try googling them too??



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elcamino 
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05-20-19 04:49 AM - Post#2766767    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/leaf-springs/


Mike
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frankthetank 
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05-21-19 11:22 AM - Post#2766858    
    In response to elcamino

I found a pair of husky 3 leafs (2+1) on rock auto. Waiting on them to get dropped off today. Kind of wish I would of got a 4 spring set. I have 3s now and the truck looks level, may just be the oldish springs. Anyone ever use lift blocks? Thinking about a 1” block but I’m wondering if there’s downsides to them.

1963 Chevrolet impala sport coupe
2006 Chevrolet silverado crew cab 2wd


 
rockfangd 
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05-21-19 07:24 PM - Post#2766899    
    In response to frankthetank

I do not use blocks.
I like to go with a 4 pack.
My truck always rode level. But on the other hand I did have air ride as well

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