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jthoff0212
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:39 pm
I am just wanting some advice here. What is y'all advice on change leaf springs on your boat trailer. I have had that people change them out every few years. But I am not really sure on what to do. Any help.would be great. Thank you
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:26 pm
Take a look at them. See how much they are rusted. Make your decision from the visual inspection.
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:52 pm
I recently had one snap on 2016 at the ramp. Luckily all of them didnt snap and i was able to limp the few miles to my house. They didn't look that bad and the trailer was lightly used. Its pretty cheap to buy them and not too bad to replace. If you are questioning them, i'd replace them . I go by the motto if there is any doubt, there is no doubt it's a bad idea to proceed
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jthoff0212
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:25 pm
Not really questioning the ones I have just wanted a rule of thumb to go by. I know when I get my next boat I am going to buy a brand new trailer.
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Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:15 am
On a side note..I've had springs to last longer with 2 coats of aluminized mobile home roof coating before they get in the salt.Out  
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Wed May 08, 2019 3:39 am
Try to hit them with a hammer. If there's heavy scale, consider replacing them.  
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Sebagolittle
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Wed May 08, 2019 1:26 pm
I usually rinse the trailer with freshwater every time I dip it and even then i feel it doesn't help anything. The humid air in SE NC is not the best for them either. The new ones i just put on a few months ago are painted silver instead of just thew usual black raw metal. Maybe they'll last longer, not sure. Same thing when i used to live up north and road salt. No matter how hard you try that darn saltwater is gonna win every time!!
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Wed May 08, 2019 3:20 pm
jthoff212, take my advice and go with Sebagolittle's suggestion. I recently hit a bump on the way to the ramp and broke both springs on the same axle on a tandom. Did not realize it until I off loaded at the ramp. I am handy and could have easily replaced myself but I allowed them get in really bad shape and that bump was all it took. I panicked and tried to find someone to replace them on a whim. Well, I found someone but they really, really stuck it to me. I could have replaced all 4 springs myself 4 times over for what they charged me. I suggest if you have any doubt replace them now on your terms.  
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Wed May 08, 2019 5:47 pm
replace them 100%

Nothing sucks worse than having broken springs a ways from home.
  
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Fri May 10, 2019 12:37 am
The reason you change them often in Salt is not just the springs, but the Hardware will rust and you'll have to cut them of with a torch and not all have a torch. Ask me how I know!
So when you replace the springs, include all the nuts, bolts and washers as well or pay the man.
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My last leaf spring trailer springs lasted about 5 years. I replaced with coal tar epoxy coated springs and the guy that has that trailer now still has the same springs 11 years later.  
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:23 am
When you replace the springs, do you always replace the Equalizer Rocker on a tandem axel trailer?
At what point should this hardware be replaced?
  
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Wes
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:23 am
fishingneighbor wrote:
When you replace the springs, do you always replace the Equalizer Rocker on a tandem axel trailer?
At what point should this hardware be replaced?


When I replace springs I change all the hardware and fasteners.
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Wes
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:28 am
Timorjc wrote:
My last leaf spring trailer springs lasted about 5 years. I replaced with coal tar epoxy coated springs and the guy that has that trailer now still has the same springs 11 years later.


Did you buy the springs already coated or coat them yourself?
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:45 am
Make sure to grease your leaf springs or spray them with fluid film, this will increase their lifespan tremendously. I always spray the axle, leaf springs, and any hardware that gets submerged on a new trailer prior to use, or when I install new parts. A coat of grease or fluid film protects everything from corrosion better than any other method I have seen.  
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:46 am
Make sure to grease your leaf springs or spray them with fluid film, this will increase their lifespan tremendously. I always spray the axle, leaf springs, and any hardware that gets submerged on a new trailer prior to use, or when I install new parts. A coat of grease or fluid film protects everything from corrosion better than any other method I have seen.  
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:51 pm
[quote="Wes"]
Timorjc wrote:
My last leaf spring trailer springs lasted about 5 years. I replaced with coal tar epoxy coated springs and the guy that has that trailer now still has the same springs 11 years later.


Did you buy the springs already coated or coat them yourself?[/quote

I bought new springs, degreased them, took the packs apart, and CTE coated them myself. Then reassembled the packs and added a final coat of CTE.
  
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Wes
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[/quote

I bought new springs, degreased them, took the packs apart, and CTE coated them myself. Then reassembled the packs and added a final coat of CTE.[/quote]

Damn!
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