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    Posted: 15 Oct. 2013 at 11:19am
I am in the market for a new set of springs.  I wonder if anyone here has purchased the Omix-Ada/MD Juan spring packs?   If so, what is your impression of them?  Adequate?  I would like to try them, but don't want to be frustrated with the choice if they turn to junk in 6 months.
 
Some fellas at the 3A have made mention that the Walcks (Made in the USA) springs are very nice, but pretty stiff, and not cheap.  All said, I think I would prefer a softer ride than these seem to offer.
 
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I bought mine from Dabella.  Came in labeled as Crown.  He claimed to have good luck with these.  I cant say for sure yet.  Its just a frame axles and springs right now.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LibbieandJesse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct. 2013 at 4:09pm
I had a badly bent end on one of my spring packs and so I figured I would replace all four.  I have had no trouble with the Crown/Omix springs.  If yours are not bent or broken you could rebuild your spring packs.


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Thanks Jesse.
 
What did you choose for a leaf count on the fronts and rears?  How long have you been running on them? 
 
All 4 springs on this one are a disaster.  Mismatched number of broken leafs that are badly sprung.  There is only one original pack left, and it is in the best condition.  They are just not worth the effort to repair.
 
I am still hoping to hear from others that liked or disliked the Crown/Omix Ada/MD Juan versions that are readily available out there. 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Haines Garage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct. 2013 at 6:19pm
I bought a set from Crown as well. My Jeep is not even close to being done, however I am not displeased. I matched them up against the originals, that were GONE. Same eye to eye measurements. I had no problem installing them.
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HG,
 
You need to get on that restoration!!    At least get it to a rolling chassis and test those springs for me.
 
How many leafs...front and rear?
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Haines Garage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct. 2013 at 7:35pm
Believe me or not...been at it since 7:30 this morning. Fronts are 8 ,rears are 9. Still in Haines Garage, counted just for you.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lee (MN) Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct. 2013 at 7:40pm
Tim, Crowns on my 2A, no issues. You may not believe me but I have a decent set of used springs and a set of M-38 springs if your interested

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I have three used packs from my '48 that might be just what you need to make a set.  I will look them over and send a picture if you would like?

All the spring pack I have are five leaves.  Old and new, the softer five leaf pack.  Not sure if this is an original combo but they sure ride and flex well.

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Jesse, Lee,
I appreciate the offers, but I think I've decided to give the reproductions a try.  This restore has been a real battle of wills.  The Willys wants to stay a piece of *$^%(.   And I want the Willys to be transformed.  Every once in a while, I have to treat myself with something easy. 
 
 
I will report back the goods and bads when I get this one running.
 
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Tim, good choice, old springs are a PIA.

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I replaced my springs with aftermarket ones about ten years ago - they ended up changing the front end dynamics so much that I had the death wobble - new king pins solved that problem
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Why did this thread get moved from General discussion...Its a Great Topic! Angry... Springs that are worn out should be replaced, and no your springs from 60 plus years ago are not in good shape!!!! Re-banded or not. OHHH Here it comesOuch... We all need to know whom has the STUFF! LOLWink
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Originally posted by Haines Garage Haines Garage wrote:

Why did this thread get moved from General discussion...Its a Great Topic! Angry...  . . . .
The value of a topic has NO bearing on where it belongs in the set of forums here.  There are some very good topics that have nothing to do with CJ-2As or even Jeeps that are correctly in the Off-Topic forum.

The thread was moved to the Product Review forum because it began as a request for opinions on Omix-Ada/MD Juan springs after which members began offering their opinions about replacement springs from several sources.  Sounds a lot like product review to me.
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So I just noticed that my front spring is broken on the end that bolts to the frame. This could have been broken since I bought the jeep last year. The only thing that has held it together is the military wrap...and that is a good thing as I would not have wanted it to break and be swinging back and forth only held to the frame by the shackle.
I asked the store about the Crown springs and the sales person said they are not the military warp so I am now looking at the OMIX-ADA which are said to have the military wrap. Well worth the extra $10 each over the Crown for the safety factor.
It has been a while since some of you had purchased new springs and wonder what your comments are now some time has passed.
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Originally posted by 47&62 47&62 wrote:


It has been a while since some of you had purchased new springs and wonder what your comments are now some time has passed.

I have driven this chassis as is, but I'm not at a point where I can give the springs a fair assessment. With no weight on the thing, they feel stiff.  I still have a few months to go before it's all back together.  

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