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SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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Cameron
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SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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I think I need to replace the leaf springs on my SP250 as they are bottoming out quite frequently.

From what I’ve read the quality of replacements can be quite variable, so can anyone recommend a good supplier? Also, do they normally come with the bushes or do those need to be sourced separately?

Thanks in advance,

Cameron.

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Vortex O'Plinth
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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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I had a pair from Owen Springs in 2013, cost £247.54. They came complete with bushes. They've been on the car for 6 years now and have given no trouble at all.
Nick

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silverdart
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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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I too have purchased two sets of rear springs from Owens. Their quality is first class and they are competitively priced.

Dave.

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JohnM
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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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Also just fitted a set of Owen springs, as supplied by Robert Grinter with his rear shock absorber conversion kit, and am very pleased with the change in ride quality.
As an aside, my springs were new 10,000 miles ago and yet were so worn the complete spring eye bush fell out of one when I took the spring off. I could also flatten the spring by sitting it on it's eyes and standing on it.
(No rude comments, please!)
Interestingly, many odd little rattles the car had have now disappeared with the new springs being fitted, and a very annoying steering shimmy I'd been trying to remove for the last year - even changing the wheels and shocks in the process - has now disappeared completely.

So, in short, well pleased with the new springs (and Robert's conversion kit too).

John
John M in Middlesex, NW London
1962 SP250 "B" Spec

Cameron
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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

Post by Cameron »

Thanks Nick, Dave & John.

It sounds like Owens is the way to go. I’ll give them a ring in the morning.

John - the rear shock conversion does sound appealing. Robert did my steering rack conversion a few years ago which I’m very happy with. I’ll give it some thought - I’m guessing it’s easy enough to fit if you do it at the same time as the springs?

Regards,

Cameron

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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

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Yes, Cameron, the rear shock conversion is very straightforward to fit and makes a real difference to the roadholding - the rear end feels very much more "taut" and cornering roll is much reduced. Feels good so far!

John
John M in Middlesex, NW London
1962 SP250 "B" Spec

Cameron
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Re: SP250 Replacement Leaf Springs

Post by Cameron »

Thanks John, sounds good.

I’ve ordered a pair of springs from Owen and will try the standard set up first I think.

Unfortunately I need to create another post. I started to remove the springs this afternoon and hit a problem trying to remove the shackle bolt which is seized solid! Looks like I’m in for some fun!

Regards,

Cameron

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