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leaf spring end pads #1334337 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:17 PM
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Is anyone here is using end pads, or some other form of leaf spring friction & noise reduction?

I'm eyeing these type of pads that sandwich between the leaf ends:
[img]https://www.dieseltruckresource.com...urethane-spring-tip-inserts-img_5450.jpg[/img]
[img]https://www.dieseltruckresource.com...urethane-spring-tip-inserts-img_5585.jpg[/img]
[img]https://www.dieseltruckresource.com...urethane-spring-tip-inserts-img_5578.jpg[/img]


Holes would need to be drilled through the spring tips in order to use them... but they might be pretty nice.
On the other hand i'm skeptical, since I've never seen an OE spring with such inserts.
I definitely wouldn't want to put anything between the centers of the springs (except maybe steel strips), lest it wear and loosen my u bolts.

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Re: leaf spring end pads [Re: Ott3r] #1334340 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:35 PM
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My new springs from Eaton came with them. I have also run the TEFLON type full length liners with no problem.
https://www.speedwaymotors.com/shop/street-leaf-spring-pads-buttons~65544-1-31215

Drilling in to leaf springs is not an easy job, the spring shops punch press the holes. It makes for a smoother ride and much quieter. I say it well worth the trouble to have them or the liner installed. Never had a issue with the liner strips or u-bolts coming loose. I went with new springs so I could get custom spring rates for a smoother ride.

Re: leaf spring end pads [Re: Ott3r] #1334341 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:36 PM
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Just curious about what the benefit would be. With the springs being less of a solid stack, would one expect a more compliant ride as in less of a jolting jarring ride when hitting rough spots?


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Re: leaf spring end pads [Re: Ott3r] #1334342 Tue Nov 19 2019 02:57 PM
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Ok, found and read the article with the linked images here. It's well written and worth a couple minutes if anyone is considering doing same for a better ride.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: leaf spring end pads [Re: Ott3r] #1334354 Tue Nov 19 2019 05:11 PM
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I used Teflon liners from Speedway: Speedway Leaf Spring Liners Part # 91033037. i didn't need to drill any of the leafs, just cut the material to length and center a hole over the spring pack bolt and assemble the springs. Very easy modification, allows the leafs to move easier and took care of the squeaking.


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Re: leaf spring end pads [Re: TUTS 59] #1334444 Wed Nov 20 2019 05:13 AM
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Cool, thanks for the comments guys!
I'll go ahead and try out tip inserts. It looks like the only ones available online are high durometer polyurethane... probably fine, but right now I'm planning to turn my own out of UHMW for maximum durability & minimum friction. I heard that drilling spring steel is reasonable with a masonry bit... we'll see.

Sounds like the full length liners are also tried and true, but since this is for the front springs on a 4x4 axle (will get beat on a lot), I'll avoid sticking extra layers under the u bolts.

Last edited by Ott3r; Wed Nov 20 2019 05:14 AM.

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