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    I have seen where some people say if the top cap on the spring moves, the spring needs replaced>
    Since all the weight is pushing down on the spring and the top/bushing that covers the spring, I don't quite get it. If that is the problem, why not just make this part stationary?

    I would think the more likely cause is weakness in the spring.


    As expensive as some the kits are, I have seriously considered maybe learning to recondition the spring itself.

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    I have seen where some people say if the top cap on the spring moves, the spring needs replaced
    Never heard of or read about this before.

    I would think the more likely cause is weakness in the spring.
    Only ones we had to replace before where allowing the tubs to move around too much causing banging noises or out of balance issues. I tend to agree, weak springs, bent rods are possible.

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    I have seriously considered maybe learning to recondition the spring itself
    How has that been working out?

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    Nothing yet. Haven't had time to really get into it. I would really like to though. I do intend to get on it again. Some of those things are just too doggone expensive!

    I did a little preliminary research but need to do more.

    One thing is, I don't know how long of a testing/trial period I would need to know if they would hold up for any length of time. I want them to retain the right properties longer than just stretching them will allow.
    May look into heat treating, annealing (if that is the right word), etc..

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    I don't know....time for testing, tools to stretch, torch, gas for the torch....kinda -sounds- cheaper to just buy the new rods and springs?!? I remember adding these foam blocks to one of my old cars ( 1974 AMC Hornet ) to help give the suspension springs more support, maybe something like that would work out better and just slip the block into the spring to give it more strength.

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