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Old 10-07-2003, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anti friction pads for leaf springs

Rebuilding my leaf spring packs. I know origanally they had a plastic anti friction plate between a few of the leafs. My question is how important is it to have these in the leaf packs? I know I have ran for about a year without them also this is a trail only rig if it matters.
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Old 10-07-2003, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All of mine have worked their way out of the packs and no problems. I usually only run a leaf pack for two years if i'm luck though.
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you use an anti-friction paint or coating when you refinished the leaves?
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I want to call this a Newbie post but...... Graphite paint is available at your local autoparts store. Grease works. but the teflon sheets will probaly fall out over time. and yes you want the springs to slide back and forth....Rusted up shit don't slide well...
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Ok so call it a newbie post. I could give a rats ars. Its the first time I am playing with home built leaf packs from different jeeps. I am plulling all the leaves apart and cleaning all the rust off and painting and assembling them. I did not even think about graphite paint sounds like a plan. I just don't want to put them plastic pieces of crap back in to just fall out after a few runs.
Thanks for the help.

Any opinions on spring clamps??? I need something
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I just heated up the old ones and straightened them out and rebent them and used the again.
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they work good after you heat them? did not know that
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I just heated up the old ones and straightened them out and rebent them and used the again.
*edit.......are you talking abotu the springs or the clamps?
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I just heated up the old ones and straightened them out and rebent them and used the again.
I like the YJ style clams that are riveted into the leaf. I didnot bend mine I Just cut the little bent tabs off then after re packing them I welded the little tab back on, I sprayed water on it after welding so the leafs wouldent see much of the heat..
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I was refering to the question about the clamps. Sorry if that was confusing! That's what happens when you drink lot's of New Castle and try and type.
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When you refer to "Graphite paint" do you mean spray-on graphite lubricant type stuff, or an actual colored paint that has graphite in it or something so it has less friction? Just wondering if I should look for a specific kind of paint(flat black) and primer for my leaf packs.
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Call it a hack job if ya will, but it worked. Plasma cut the eyes off the second leaf, semi rounded the end, and cut a hole for the plastic slider. For the clamps, heated and straightened, then drilled a hole through em for a 1/4-20 bolt and nylock nut. Without the pads, got alot of creaking when turning from lock to lock while not moving, pads cured it. Worked smooth and flexed great. Second leaf in the pack is a main leaf minus the eyes.

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Call National Spring if you feel motivated. Last I checked the teflon pads were ~$0.25 each.

Since you are somewhat unfamiliar with quality leaf construction, and the attention that goes into making them, then perhaps call a few of the better known makers to see if they will share their knowledge. I don't get paid to do this anymore, so I pass on jabbering over the phone & talking to others when others can do this as their job.
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