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Old 08-11-2018, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default 2002 XE King Cab RWD leaf spring replacement

I recently broke a rear spring so rather than replacing just the one, I replaced the pair. It was fairly simple & cost less than $250. I wanted to share where I bought the parts.

I got the springs online from ATS Springs. They were $99 each & included the front bushings. They cost me less than $225 shipped. YMMV.
https://www.autoandtrucksprings.com/...-leaf-springs/

I read that it's best not to reuse old U-bolts, so I bought universal replacements from Advance Auto, part #AC131111. They're listed for $23 but if you order online & use a coupon code, you should be able to get 25% off. I used MTK25. Cost after coupon + tax was under $19. Once again, YMMV.

The U-bolts are about 4" too long so they'll have to be cut down. They're also 1/2" diameter. The originals are 12mm so you'll have to drill out the holes in the mounting plates. 1/2" = 12.7mm so it doesn't take much. If you don't have a 1/2" drill bit, you can probably do it with a rat-tail file.

Swapping them out is pretty straight forward. I'm in the rust belt so I wire brushed & PB-Blasted all the nuts/bolts in advance - several times over several days. I used 4 jack stands, 2 under the frame & 2 under the axle, but you can probably do one side at a time using 2 jack stands. I swapped them out in one afternoon. Good luck!

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Old 08-11-2018, 03:43 AM   #2
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Great post. Where in wny?
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:12 PM   #3
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snapped a leaf spring? oh i see. new york. it died a chemical soaked slow death.


got any pics after the install?
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:10 PM   #4
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Great post. Where in wny?
I live in Buffalo. Brute Spring & Buffalo Spring wanted way too much & I couldn't find the parts at any of the local bone yards. It seems the 2.4L RWD is the red-headed stepchild of the Nissan truck family.

The broken spring was probably bad for a long time. I knew the truck didn't ride right but I couldn't find the problem. It broke right at the axle & stayed wedged in under the axle tube. I usually jack under the axle when I do any work so it stayed wedged in place. I didn't find the problem until I took it to a friend's shop & he put it on his lift. When the suspension was allowed to free hang, the cracked section of leaf popped out. See attached photo of the leafs. Notice they're different so it appears the previous owner replaced the other one.

Did the salt used on winter roads in WNY have anything to do with it? Possibly. But the rest of the truck has held up well so I can't say it's definitely the reason. I found a lot of posts about broken leafs from people living in sunbelt states too.

I didn't take any before & after pics but I posted some pics of the installed springs. I replaced the shocks while I was at it too. Advance Auto replaced them for free under the limited lifetime warranty. The truck definitely sits a little higher in the back but I had also installed longer shackles a couple of years ago & then I cranked up the torsion bars. Most people like the lowered look, I'm just the opposite.
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i bet it rides different now. those rusted leaves had to be weak.
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