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Old April 20th, 2014, 11:38 PM
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nicked coil spring

I'm going to call the vendor first thing tomorrow morning, but thought I'd get an opinion or two. Bought a pair of brand-new OME coil springs. Fresh out of the box both of them had a small gouge in the finish, both of them on the bottom coil. The bare metal underneath was also rough, burred.

Is this a normal leftover part of the manufacturing process found on every coil spring? Should I just grind down and paint?

Or return them for a replacement?
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Old April 21st, 2014, 12:03 AM
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Thanks, I bought them online so I was trying to avoid unnecessary back and forth.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 10:13 AM
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A scratch or chipped paint is shipping damage.

That's no shipping damage... That's a QA/QC issue.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 10:31 AM
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That's what I was thinking also, because its a rough burr type defect. I would think damage to a spring in that manner would be unlikely from shipping.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 10:38 AM
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I wouldn't install it
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Old April 21st, 2014, 11:01 AM
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I think it looks like a manufacturing defect.

Likely they put the springs too close to something during powder coating and something touched them during the baking process.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 01:02 PM
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Fit it..... give it 6 months and they'll be rusty all over anyway... something that expands and stretches as much as a coil spring you can't expect the coating to last on it anyway.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 01:12 PM
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my .02. Thats spring steel. Putting an indentation in the powder coat is no big deal. If the "nick" is deeper than the protective coating it happened when the metal was coiled before heat treating ie is a handling/manufacturing process mark not a defect
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Old April 21st, 2014, 02:29 PM
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If I could get them replaced with ZERO out of pocket I'd do it. Otherwise I'd paint them and forget about it.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 03:19 PM
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Thanks for the input everyone. I'm pretty accepting of little nicks here and there on large bulky D90 parts bought online, but this issue was bugging me.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 03:24 PM
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how deep is it? If it's just a small mark then no worries
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Old April 21st, 2014, 03:25 PM
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Springs get dirty and dingy after a few months anyway. Just paint it and install it. If the trucks sits even forget about it.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 03:38 PM
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Or call whoever you got them from and inform them of the issue. Maybe they'll pick up the return shipping. At the least you can inform them about what the problem is and if anything happens in the future you'll be looking to return them then.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 05:12 PM
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update on coil spring

Ok, talked to the vendor and they agreed to ship a new pair. But, it turns out:

"Every single spring we have in stock that the same coating imperfection. It looks like it is where the hook goes that holds them during powder coating. I do not have any springs without this coating imperfection. The roughness is just how they are from being bead blasted before the coating. Let me know what you would like to do."


So, it is a manufacturing process thing. Sounds plausible. I wonder if all coil springs from all manufacturers are like this. Mine are OME.
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Old April 21st, 2014, 05:43 PM
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My Terrafirma springs were fine or not enough to notice.
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My Terrafirma springs also came without flaws. However, they have already been scratched up from wheeling, so my recommendation to you is not to sweat it in this case - the springs will get scratched and corrode - the small manufacturing blem is the least of your worries!
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I have OME on all 4 corners and I remember seeing the same thing on mine.
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