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I bought a 1964 rear section for my trike. It has a leaf spring going side to side. What holds it in place on the trans?

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1964 Corvair Transverse Leaf Spring (Suspension component attaches to the differential in the center)
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The 1964 Corvair differential housing is the only one that has the required mounting points.

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1964 Corvair Transverse Leaf Spring Components


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Re: Leaf spring

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Thanks, I will have to check mine, not sure what year my driveline is. I did get it out of a first gen though

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Connrod wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:58 pm
Thanks, I will have to check mine, not sure what year my driveline is. I did get it out of a first gen though
The leaf spring and differential that has the mounting bosses was 64 only
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Re: Leaf spring

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Can the differential be welded to?

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Not in the car. Cast iron isn't much fun to weld. Why?
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You could simply choose to omit the leaf spring, if your differential housing is not a 1964 with the necessary mounting pad. It is hard to know just what suspension configuration will work best on a custom trike installation. The 1964 coil springs were redesigned to match the extra spring rate offered by the transverse leaf spring. Earlier 1961-1963 coil springs could be tried, but the existing coil spring rate alone may be OK with your trike.
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Brad is correct on the spring rate and I wouldn't think you would want the transverse leaf on a trike. It reduces roll stiffness in the rear to make the front roll stiffness a higher percentage. Since the trike has no front roll stiffness the design would be bad from what I understand.
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