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Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

Seems like I saw an article a few years back that listed several sources of sheet plastic/teflon that could be used as a liner for leaf springs. I think there was even someone manufacturing the stuff in proper widths with a ridge on either end to kind of hold it in place between the springs. Anybody know of a source for this kind of thing?
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

call your local spring shop- i'm sure they have some. or try national spring.
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

1. About 5 years ago there was an obscure post.
2. A member was doing a spring pack rebuild did not use teflon pads between the springs.
3. Teflon pads were way too expensive for his use.
4. He was using what was considered the same stuff that was used in the appliance industeries.
5. It was about 1/4 the cost of the same teflon pad.
6. However he never named the product.
7. I've been looking for that less expensive alternitive ever since....
8. with no luck. If anyone every finds the stuff, I'd sure like to know about it.
9. Also there's Graphite paint and Slip Plate.
10. Click on the NATIONAL SPRING AD at the top...
11. They've got the pads.
12. Old Man EMU sell's 'em too.
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

I had access to the teflon sheets (36x48) at my old job. I had it by the ton in scrap form (you can only cut so many circles (large gaskets for heat exchanger heads) ... I sent some to a former board member, Boston Mangler, ...he never got back on how he did with it. The stuff I sent him was on the thick side (1/8" ..but 1/16" was available). I gave him enough to run the full length of the spring on mulitiple leafs for all four corners in about 3 4" wide strips. I didn't even charge him [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

I never knew how expensive this stuff was ...we used it like toilet paper (well ...you know). If I'd known ..I would have done some better trash picking.

Now the job is gone [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] ...and the plant is closing for good in 3-4 months [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

My Caravan just uses what looks like some kind of plain old plastic. It has a split arrow fastener head molded into it to hold it in place with the hole in the leaf. I would imagine that these have a part # somewhere in the DC data base.
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

I bought mine at a local spring shop. They called it "felt". It looks like black hotwheels track, you know, with a ridge on each side. Of course you have to tell them how wide your springs are. I belive you really only need about 6-8" at each end, as that's where the sliding mostly occurs. It has a tendency to work it's way out over time.

The factory stuff has a nipple molded into it, and that drops into a hole punched in the spring ends. The OME stuff has a hole in the nipple thru which you can shoot some grease. Sound like a good design.

The stuff I bought was inexpensive. I don't believe it was teflon, as I've worked with teflon piston liners and the teflon was a lot harder. Seems to be holding up fine anyways after a number of years of use. I trust our local spring shop would use good materials.
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

Larry the Teflon substitute for friction applications would be Delren a very less expensive material that has almost the same slick,(friction) qualities as Teflon, and almost as hard. We used it extensively in the metals refinishing industry as a replacement for Teflon. A lot of the unknowing will call Delren Teflon thinking it to be the better know material.
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Re: Where can I get teflon leaf spring liners?

1. Wow, Thanks for the info Gp'n!
2. That question kept me up at night!
3. Now... for a little more research!
a. It's spelled DERLIN
4. The stuff's been mentioned before in the Fourm,
5. Take a look at:

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