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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for leaf spring wear pads

The plastic pads between the leaves of the springs are worn thin, cracked, and a few are missing entirely. I found them at Summit, Skyjacker Teflon® Replacement Leaf Spring Wear Pads - SummitRacing.com, but they're $5.72 each! And I need 24 to rebuild all the springs. I don't believe a set is worth $137.28 plus shipping. There must be a better source. Anyone?

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You might try Delrin Sheets.
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The real thing has a button that goes through a hole in the lower leaf. I doubt that a plain sheet would stay put.

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Are there any spring rebuilding/manufacturing companies in/around St. Louis that may have some generic pads? They've got to use something when they rebuild or manufacture a spring.... and it's got to be generic. That should cost less.
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Jim....let me have a look in my stash of stuff...I may have some of the round ones...

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St. Louis Spring had them for $1.39 per. I just picked up two dozen and also the clips to hold the spring packs together. I think the fact that on the whole Jeep there's only one remaining spring clip is the reason that the front axle clunks back and forth with heavy steering inputs. I'm off to the shop to rebuild some springs.

St. Louis spring is the real deal. They make leaf springs - bend, punch holes, heat treat and assemble them right in the shop just west of downtown.

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Good on you for finding the solution. Now, don't forget to get some "Slip Plate" paint to coat those springs. It won't hurt a bit.... and may even help them slide a bit when needed.
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The job wasn't very difficult at all, after I cut the last remaining spring clip off. In fact my granddaughter did the right side after I showed her how on the left side.

Out of 24 pads there were two or three that weren't worn through at the very least, and several were gone entirely except for the little retainer button. This is typical of what we took off:

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I sharpened a chisel for the air hammer which cut the buttons off easily. We forced the leaves apart with a fat screwdriver. A couple of whacks on a pin punch got the button out of the hole so the remains of the pad could slide out.

The leaves of the right front spring were splayed out, and the U-bolts had to be loosened to get them stacked properly. Putting the clips on was easy. I put them in place, squeezed them together with a C-clamp, bent the ears over with Vice Grips, and then hammered them down. The whole job only took an hour or so.

The Jeep rides better now, the front axle doesn't slide side to side with steering inputs, and most of the clunking and graunching is gone. There are still a few strange creaks and groans, which I hope to cure before the Bash.

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