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Old 02-20-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Wheelers 5 pack rust?

I am a new member and this past November I installed Bilstein 5100s on stock coils in the front and Wheelers 5 pack in the rear with Rough Country 9000. So far the difference has been very noticeable with improved ride and handling. The stock leafs were wore out. Here is a pic after the install sitting on worn 265/75/16.



A few days ago I noticed rust already developing on the leafs and not just in one area. Is this to be expected? Has anyone else with leafs from Wheelers noticed this?






I can post some more detailed pictures if anyone thinks I should be worried that they are beginning to rust after only 3 months.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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my wheeler 5 packs did the exact same thing. I am not too worried, it's gonna take a looooong time for it to pose a problem - probably longer than the truck will be on the road.

Now, if I could get them to stop squeaking/clicking, that would be great
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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kinda odd.....but i guess where you live and the climate has alot to do with it. i have had mine on a few years now, and mine arent rusty at all.....and thats with minimal washing of the truck.
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mine are rusted to shit but i'm in MN and they salt heavy in the winter, it's been wet too... so there's that. Will try to snap a pic in the next few days.
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Yep, mine are starting to get some surface corrosion. I live in Montana now. No rust back in South Carolina.
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I have had mine on for a year now and no rust!! But I live in Phoenix Az. Well no need to say anymore. But just like exminnesotaboy said I to get a squeling sound. Mine is coming from the bushings meat the shackels. I sprayed some silacone between the bushing and the shackel. That helps but just for a short time!! Other then that I to like these springs and the ride thay give.
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Thanks for the replies, it's good to hear other peoples opinions about it. I don't want to be overly picky but I am concerned with rust appearing after only 3 months of use. I will probably hit them with some rust converter just to be safe.

If they were on your truck would you contact wheelers and ask them about it?

Here a couple of additional photos...



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Old 02-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #10
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A can of Rustoleum will do the trick. Surface rust is hard to eliminate on a vehicle. Depends a lot on conditions the vehicle is as to how quickly rust happens.
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leafs

I would be disappointed if I bought new leafs and they were rusting that quck.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #12
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These springs ship bare with no packaging, right? Wonder if some of the paint had come off in transit.
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I have had dakars on since Oct in "salty Ontario" and they are doing better than yours for rust OP

Having said that I think you have nothing to worry about
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always blast new leaf packs with a few coats of paint prior to install. but either way, it's no big deal. my deavers are rusted too

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My deavers are rusted the same way and I put them on back in the fall. I just plan on spraying them with some paint after the winter
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