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Leaf Springs

They may not look fancy in comparison to modern coil springs but leaf springs have been around for centuries and continue to serve an important purpose in towing heavy loads. Their use can be traced back to 14th century horse-drawn carriages and are still used in heavy commercial vehicles like trucks and SUVs.

Leaf springs are sturdier than coil springs and much simpler in terms of functionality. They are capable of handling trailers and vehicles with very heavy cargo by spreading the load more widely over the chassis. Leaf spring suspensions are also easier than coil springs to raise or lower if needed.

Leaf springs are an arc-shaped type of spring designed to provide suspension and support for a vehicle or trailer. They are made up of layers of steel stacked on top of each other forming an elliptical shape and provide an attachment point for the axle. By flexing to resist shock, a leaf spring absorbs the bumps from the road providing stability and a smoother ride.

Eventually leaf springs become worn out over time and may need to be replaced. They can begin to sag, crack or in worse cases break. It is always important to inspect your leaf springs for signs of wear before towing any heavy cargo. Be sure to have the attachment points shackle links checked periodically for wear and tear as well.

Southside Hitch offers leaf springs from proven brands like Dexter. With over 50 years of manufacturing experience, Dexter provides quality engineered products that meet the standards we demand for our customers.

If you are in the need of installing or replacing your trailer’s leaf spring suspension, call Southside Hitch at 804-378-1992 today. Our professional team will be glad to serve you. We can also handle all of your hitch repair and replacement needs too.

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