I have a 1973 series 3 landrover, and have been fortunate to pick up some replacement leaf springs with much less wear than my existing set.
The vehicle is moderately stock, but has a 6 cylinder holden motor (like a 60's GM straight six) which is about 250kg, so ~50kg heavier than the original 2.25 engine at 204kg.
What pre-work can I do before fitting to vehicle to extend their life and keep them running well? I'm interested in actual experience.
The spring bushes are shot so they will be replaced, as will the U bolts.
- Do I get the springs re-tensioned commercially?
- Is there any lubrication I should work in between the leaves while there is no load on?
- Is it worth painting the springs - if so with what?
The current springs could well be original, I'd like the new set to last as long.