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i have seen some heeps with the little clamps on the leafs opened up. does this realy help? Are there any down sides to it? It seems to me like you would get a little more flex out of it if you did that, any experience? Thanx, just trying to get more flex out of my SUA. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Yup, it will help you get some more droop out of your springs. just bust out the rosebud, heat em up and bend away. later, Matt
 

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I have fought the urge cause I think it amplifies axle wrap.
The best cure for a SUA is a SOA! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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It can't amplify wrap. Wrap is the axle pushing up on the front part of the springs. The springs would resist with or without the clamps, unless the clamps were so tight, they didn't let the springs move at all, which would be pointless and defeating the whole purpose of a spring. The good side to opening clamps is more droop. The downside is that when drooping, the top leaf is now totally by itself. You will be more able to bend the spring.
 

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I really like mine with the clamps open. You just have to make sure that you don't break the clamp while opening it. Should they break the main leaf can get kicked sideways in all kinds of directions. Just point those clamps to the sky <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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how should i bend them? (I'm an novice and have no "rosebud" i think, what is a rosebud? anyways please explain it.) <IMG SRC="smilies/blush2.gif" border="0">
 

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a rosebud is an attachment you hook up to a oxy-acetylene torch set up, and its used to heat larger areas of metal. you could substitute a propane torch from walmart but it'll take forever. Matt
 

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on my ome springs they had a bolt going through the lower clamp. take bolt out springs alloed to lift and will not pivot due to the braket still there, NEAT! jiMMy
 

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I recently put new stock springs back on mine because I broke the top leaf on one of them. It does help the flex but I wouldnt do it again because I think it took quite a toll on my springs, and stressed the top leaf out. I have the clamps on now and like it also because it keeps the pack in alignment.
 

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I recently put new stock springs back on mine because I broke the top leaf on one of them. It does help the flex but I wouldnt do it again because I think it took quite a toll on my springs, and stressed the top leaf out. I have the clamps on now and like it also because it keeps the pack in alignment.
This is true, with all the clamps off, when the rear axle is in a bind, the spring will try and take up all the torqe, since they are not clamped as one anymore the bottom leaf will bend or break. For this reason I keep the rear springs clamped at the solid mount end, and the front springs at the shackle end (shackle reversal) The rest are all open.

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i have just loosened mine instead of total abolishment. i took measurements and get 2" more droop than before and the leaves are still together.
 

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i saw a couple pepole w/ them completely removed..mine were already cut and really fawked up so i just took them off completely..if the spring clamp is opened, would that allow the spring to open like it would if the clamp was completely taken off?..if i have problems w/ them braking, i'll put some differnt springs on..droop like crazy though..maxes out my high lift w/ the shorty shocks on still (9012's arent on yet)
 
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