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post #1 of 7 Old 12-30-2008, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 7 Old 12-30-2008, 04:20 PM
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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 or


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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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on my bastard pack all the pads were shot. I purchased some good paint it got teflon in it or something that makes it slippery I painted all my leaves with it and sofar I have no squeeks
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Originally Posted by Donerstude View Post
on my bastard pack all the pads were shot. I purchased some good paint it got teflon in it or something that makes it slippery I painted all my leaves with it and sofar I have no squeeks
How has this held up? I added an AAL and it doesnt have friction pads and one side squeeks horrible.
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