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I am looking to reinstall the rear end unit in my 66 nova.The rebuilt 10bolt posi is almost done.So the next step, do I go with the stock mono setup or is there a complete multi leaf conversion package out there that bolts on for under 500.00 I have read that some modifications are needed if one wants to go with multi leaf.Is there any real benefit to a multi leaf?I would have reinstalled the original mono leaf back in the car but 1 of the eye ends broke on the original pair.I have searched the net and have a good idea on price but,just don't know what the best way to go is. The car has a small 283 built to about 300 hp, nothing crazY.3 speed trans and now a 373 posi. keeping it simple but yet complex! the rear unit is a GM 10 bolt 8.2. what is the best way mono or multi? any info waould be of help.
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My car has had multi-leaf springs since I've had it but I did break one once and then replaced them both. Best price I found was from JC Whitney and they've been on the car now for many years.

I know that didn't answer your question but I'd thought I'd throw that out there.
 

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IMO multi are the best way to go. Check out Eaton Spring. The sell three leaf springs for your car
 

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Greg,

I have a set of multi leafs and traction bars with 800 miles on them.
Let me know if you are interested in them.

Jim
 

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Greg, I just replaced my mono's and air shocks with the JCW 3-leafs and Monroe Sensatrac shocks on my '64. It's like a new car! I paid $165 for the springs shipped to my door.

Do a search on this. There is a member on here, brianlewis. He has a good thread on what it takes. If you do it like he did, you won't go wrong.

The mono's work, but I was getting nervous hearing about guys breaking their 40 plus year old spring.

I'm very happy with the new setup.

Tim
 

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Greg, I just replaced my mono's and air shocks with the JCW 3-leafs and Monroe Sensatrac shocks on my '64. It's like a new car! I paid $165 for the springs shipped to my door.

Do a search on this. There is a member on here, brianlewis. He has a good thread on what it takes. If you do it like he did, you won't go wrong.

The mono's work, but I was getting nervous hearing about guys breaking their 40 plus year old spring.

I'm very happy with the new setup.

Tim
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thanks for the reply.the springs you got from jcw, did they bolt right in or were there mods to the install ie:perches,axle housing perch depth, spring eye measurment issues,t-bolts vs u bolts I need to get this right the first time for once. any help will be appreciated
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tim,
thanks for the reply.the springs you got from jcw, did they bolt right in or were there mods to the install,axle housing perch depth, spring eye measurment issues,t-bolts vs u bolts I need to get this right the first time for once. any help will be appreciated
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Definetly run the multi leafs and make sure they are 3 leafs ive heard of some problems with running 5 leafs so just go with 3 like im going to.
 

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tim,
thanks for the reply.the springs you got from jcw, did they bolt right in or were there mods to the install,axle housing perch depth, spring eye measurment issues,t-bolts vs u bolts I need to get this right the first time for once. any help will be appreciated
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http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60559&highlight=springs

Greg, I pretty much followed everything on that thread. I had u-bolts already and re used those. Keep in mind if you use u-bolts that are 1/2 inch you will have to drill the perches and spring plates. They are 7/16 stock. Very minor fix.

The springs were an absolute bolt in. Very happy with them.

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ive heard of some problems with running 5 leafs
How would the leaf count cause a problem? What if there were 4, would that be better than 5? Would 6 be worse? I used 5 on my 69, but had them add another full leaf and a short leaf as well. They worked just fine for about 10 years. Now I run Split-Mono's, and I would never go back to multileaf. Also got rid of over 60lbs. switching from a multileaf/slapper bar combo to the Split-Mono/Cal-Trac combo. With no pre-load on the Cal-Tracs, it rides really nice.
 
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