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Old 08-23-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Question Should I keep the Keepers?

The Leaf spring keeper straps (see photo) on one end of each leaf spring pack seems to always come loose. I have run them loose on one or more spring packs for so long I am wondering if they are even needed?

These are thin steel straps from the mfr. Do I need them for any reason, or are they there just to keep the leafs aligned during axle assembly.

If I need them, how do I keep them in proper position?

Thanks for any advice or experiences.
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If the spring leaves go out to the side they will get in to the tire. I think you should try to keep them.
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Agree especially on a trailer.

Side scrubbing forces around cornors are hard on the keepers. I've broken keepers on flatdeck equipment trailers that lead to busted U bolts.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:32 PM   #4
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The "keepers" are not a necessary item. They are used, as you know, to keep the spring leafs aligned. However, if the u-bolts are properly torqued the springs will not and/or cannot move far enough to touch the tires. After all they are, like you said, just light tin straps which would not take much force to break or stretch.
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ditto 2old2fly
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