Are leaf spring friction pads necessary?
I am putting together a bastard pack and the existing friction pads are shredded. I can't find any for sale anywhere. Do I really need them? Thanks.
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They are not required, but they do serve a purpose to reduce friction and nosies so you should try to use them. Probably have to find a leaf spring shop or scavenge used ones from the junkyard. Try www.huskyspring.com/ or www.alcanspring.com/
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Trust me you will wish you had them, your springs will squeak like crazy without them.
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My old stock springs had pads that were basically non-existent when I took them out. They squeaked and it was annoying when I was driving on a bumpy road/trail.
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When I made the bastard pack out of S-10 leaves, I kept whatever they had. The main spring with eye cut off does not have pad and so far, no squeaking...
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