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Old 11-19-2021, 04:21 AM
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creaking springs

Bought a set of Rancho front springs for the J20. They were great for the first six month but then started creaking a lot whenever I hit even a small bump. At first I thought it was the shackles but when I applied some grease to the Teflon pads between the leaves the noise stopped. I thought the the purpose of the pads was to stop the springs from creaking. Anyone else had this issue?
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Old 11-19-2021, 10:16 AM
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The pads main function is to let the leaves compress and relax smoothly and not bind. By adding a little grease, you not only got rid of the squeek, you probably helped the primary function to go easier.
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Old 12-06-2021, 02:55 AM
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Greasing the leaves really smooths the operation of the spring. Too much grease will hold sand and dirt though, which is not desirable. It is advisable to grease the mounting bolts and sides of the bushings so that the ends of the spring and the shackle move freely. It's not a good idea to ovetighten the bolts as that can restrict movement and cause premature failure of the bushings. Using locktite (blue medium strength) will keep the bolts from coming loose but still allow free movement.
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