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JeepDrivingRay
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2022 12:26 pm    Post subject: M170 front spring replacement Reply with quote

Anyone know of a source for replacement front springs for an M170? Somewhere in the past someone thought our M170 was the General Lee and tried jumping who knows what and busted a few leafs on both sides . Ps it was also orange at some point.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orange usually indicates Civil Defense useage. Lot of off road traveling with them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay so more than likely it was shipped from the USMC to the Civil Defense then sold to its civilian owner some time after?

Is there a certain color orange that was used for Civil Defense or did they use anything they could find?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know ofany difference between M38A1 springs and M170 springs besides leaf count ? i count nine in the front pak and 11 in the rear, is there a length difference, I saw an old listing on ebay that said they were 36 1/2 center to center is this true?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answers to your questions are readily found in the M38A1's/M170's ORD 9 SNL G-758 and the M38A1/M170's operator's Handbook TM 9-8014 and it's associated changes. All of this data is available to you free as PDF files on our downloads page.

Differences in springs are shown on pages 290 & 291 of TM 9-8014.

Here's the orange used by the South Dakota Civil Defense folks where I bought my surplus 1954 M38A1 in 1986.


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, that looks like it may be the same color orange.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The M170 has a front spring length of 39 1/2, the M38A1 has a spring length of 38 3/8 exactly 1 inch and an 1/8 difference if my math is correct. And I'm also missing a leaf at 9 on both sides minus more for the broken leaves.
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