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rear springs

Rear Springs

The 150 was looking a bit tail heavy recently, so I took it to the local spring works / suspension place. Diagnosis? One broken rear main leaf. This is about the 4th time that I have had a broken spring with a variety of XKs and over a long period. Have others found a tendency to break rear springs on their cars? Anyway, it is now about an inch higher at the back, and even, after a fairly considerable amount of money spent. - Regards, John Elmgreen

When I purchased my car it had a broken right rear leaf, and it was the original. Picked up a pair of springs from Bill Tracy during the resto. Dick C. seems to think the rear sits a little high though, (for his tastes). I think that bill makes his springs to "M" specs which is a little stiffer. I also think that many XK have their front ends too high. If you set your front to factory specs it is pretty low. A good test is to take a standard aerosol spray paint can, remove the nozzle, and it should just slide under the front most horizontal frame section before it kicks up. - Jamie DFiff

Yes I have had broken springs on both sides of my XK120FHC. I replaced them with spring leafs made by a local spring shop and have had no complaint although they are long on years and short on miles. - Carl Orlob, Seattle

Jamie, that's a rad, low front end if you can only slide the nozzle from a "standard aerosol paint can" under the front horizontal frame section .........or perhaps I read you wrong? Thanks for the tip and the chuckle anyway. Regards - John Morgan

John, I had the same problem with a 1956 140 roadster in 1968 or '69. Two new leaves were made up and installed by a local truck spring company and it was OK after that. - Sam Bell

I just replaced my rear springs on the 120 - two broken leaves on the near side and one on the off side. - Bruce Cunningham, Hinesburg, VT '53 XK120 OTS

Now I know why I would probably not put spring gaiters back on the springs. It will be interesting to see how many cars have the gaiters. - Larry J

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