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Saggy Springs Solutions

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01 Mar 2014 16:40 #1 by Ewart and Vivian Halford
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Not sure who it was but some one from OKA said it was still ok to drive if they were just touching the rubbers.

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01 Mar 2014 17:12 - 01 Mar 2014 17:15 #2 by dandjcr
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Ewart, on a trip in 2008 when our old springs got particularly saggy, I used a spare aeon buffer cut in half and wired on to the spring clamp as a spring support for many 000's kms without any ill effects.



The rear springs were resting on the buffers all the time but they kept the Oka level and we didn't notice any harshness. The springs were replaced before the next trip when I also upgraded to 20mm suspension pins and fitted airbags.

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01 Mar 2014 17:30 #3 by Peter_n_Margaret
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Wrong sort of wire David :)
Next time you are along the Oodnadatta Track, see if you can find some old OTT wire. 8 gauge, soft and gal. Wonderful stuff.

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01 Mar 2014 19:27 - 01 Mar 2014 19:31 #4 by dandjcr
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Peter, sadly nowhere near the Oodnadatta track, so had to use 2mm fencing wire, very useful stuff.

But that was the 3rd incarnation of the spring support.

Version 1 was a piece of wood from the side of the road:



The 2nd was half an aeon buffer (very hard to cut and drill), but only one wire thickness which flexed and broke.



Then came the pinnacle of outback ingenuity shown earlier, double wire thickness and rudimentary wire loop hinges to allow movement, plus a tether to stop them falling off if the wire did break. These provided many months of faithful support.

Still got some spare aeon buffers if anyone needs them.

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02 Mar 2014 11:22 #5 by Ewart and Vivian Halford
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Well done David, the thing we do to get out of the sh-t.
Like fixing my mates camper spring.



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02 Mar 2014 12:09 #6 by Peter_n_Margaret
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We need a new thread for "bush mechanics".

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Peter

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02 Mar 2014 12:14 #7 by dandjcr
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Ewart, I think you've knocked me off my pinnacle.

But have to ask: How long did it last?

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02 Mar 2014 12:37 #8 by dandjcr
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Peter_n_Margaret wrote: We need a new thread for "bush mechanics".

Cheers,
Peter


Peter, good idea, these things crop up quite often so I've created a new category "Bush Mechanics" in the Campfire Section for collecting experiences we can smile at and/or learn from (and not necessarily from the Oka world).

I can move whole topics around but I'm not sure if I can extract individual posts from a topic like the previous few in this topic. I'll look into it.

Regards David

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02 Mar 2014 14:55 #9 by James and Usha
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David - In the Moderate dialogue where you can choose the Target Topic, if you choose Enter Topic ID Manually you can merge individual posts into different topics. You just need to check the ID of the topic in the URL.

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02 Mar 2014 15:15 #10 by Joseph Baz
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Ewart and Vivian Halford wrote: Well done David, the thing we do to get out of the sh-t.
Like fixing my mates camper spring.


Ewart,what species of tree was that branch from,did you check the moisture content for flexibility....HAHAHA!!!!
Cheers,Joe

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02 Mar 2014 20:23 #11 by Ewart and Vivian Halford
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They limped back about 40 k along the southern end of the CSR then the 30 od K back to Wiluna, it had not changed but my mate had a mate in Wiluna and had it trucked back to Perth.
Joe it was alive so moister was high, it is Mulga but I should have got a lighter rated one, I think the one I got was 10 tonne rated, it had very little flex and I have know doubt it could have made its way back to Perth but I thought it was not worth the risk as there were means to get it back to perth.

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03 Mar 2014 06:10 #12 by Paul Scherek
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Ten ton or not, it is a lovely piece of work! I thought Land Rover owners were resourceful, but compared to Oka owners.......

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