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Confused new leaf springs for 68 fastback GT

I've been looking at NPD online to order new leaf springs and associated hardware. Damn the parts and shipping are expensive!! I bet installation is no treat either.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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I've been looking at NPD online to order new leaf springs and associated hardware. Damn the parts and shipping are expensive!! I bet installation is no treat either.

Anyone have any suggestions?
NPD strictly uses UPS and they hit hard at the border, I call CJ's or laurel mountain and get them to ship USPS.

installation isn't that bad, usually use a sawzall to cut the bolts
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thanks for the tips (what is CJ's??)

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Got new leafs from OPENTRACKER. 4.5 standard eye grab-a-traks for my '67 coupe. Tire size is P215-70-14. They are just what i wanted.
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Got new leafs from OPENTRACKER. 4.5 standard eye grab-a-traks for my '67 coupe. Tire size is P215-70-14. They are just what i wanted.
Ray where did you get them? (remember, I'm in Ontario, Canada)

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Got new leafs from OPENTRACKER. 4.5 standard eye grab-a-traks for my '67 coupe. Tire size is P215-70-14. They are just what i wanted.
actually that's where I got mine LOL, opentracker racing, John is a great guy!

tell him Gary from Barrie told you to call

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Thanks Gary!! These sound awesome. I see OpenTrack is in California... was shopping expensive? Duty too?

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Thanks Gary!! These sound awesome. I see OpenTrack is in California... was shopping expensive? Duty too?
there's no Duty, USPS is decent at the border, give John a call he'll look after you.

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I've purchased stuff (full front suspension) from John too.
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Yeah, usps is very good to deal with. any larger logistics companies like ups, fedex and purolator charge a 50$ processing fee for over the boarder shipment. I got a charge of 70$ once for 2 x 9$ brackets...

I ship everything free from CJ to a friend in the states, then when i go down there i pick it up. If Opentracker deal usps, you should be in good shape.

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thanks for all your help, guys. Based on several referrals, I went with Opentracker 4.5 leaf standard height springs plus the hardware. They shipped from Carmel, CA to SCC Parcel Pickup in Port Huron, MI. I drove over, paid $5 X boxes, and brought them back to Canada without any fees.

Looking forward to putting them on my car soon.

VMF is awesome, thanks again guys!

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I just order a set of 5 leafs with all the mounting kit parts from CJ Pony, free shipping cost around $250 I think
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I just order a set of 5 leafs with all the mounting kit parts from CJ Pony, free shipping cost around $250 I think
Free shipping to Canada from CJ?


BTW, you are going to have a hell of a time with the sawzall. I bought 10" metal blades and cut them with metal shears to utilize the teeth that never touches the bolt. I still went through 15 milwakee blades... doing it this way you can get 2 or 3 uses per blade!

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So while we're on the subject, what is the best way to get those damn pesky eye-bolts out?? I don't mind killing the old springs to get them out...

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So while we're on the subject, what is the best way to get those damn pesky eye-bolts out?? I don't mind killing the old springs to get them out...
I tried to plasma them out, not a good idea. they heat up real fast and if you have carpet, you are guaranteed a fire. I stopped that route very quickly.

The other options is cut off wheel or sawzall. I ended up breaking a couple of wheels, you need 6" at least to reach the eye bolt. So went sawzall. I went through about 15 blades. but like i said, you can use tin snips and reuse areas of the blade that dont touch the bolt while cutting about 3/4" of the blade is ever in contact with the bolt. You also have to cut both sides... its rusted right in the spacer inside the rubber...

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