Originally Posted by TacoDell
leaf spring mis-alignment is commonly caused by a loose centering bolt.
Replace that with a grade 8 cap bolt... red loctite that...
and torque the hell outta it.
Dakars suck IMO... as they only have three u brackets to help keep the individual leafs in alignment.
tho' "U" bolts can become loose and be blamed.
they do little to maintain alignment of the leafs in a spring pak.
A thunk or clunk at the rear, during acceleration or braking
is commonly associated with axle wrap...
and the driveshaft's "slip shaft" lacking lubrication...
grease that... and see if it goes away or is minimized.
Thanks for your reply
I will be replacing / retorquing the centre bolts soon .
How many U brackets do you think would be appropriate for the leaf packs ?
The clunk doesn't occur during accel or braking and I'm quite certain is not axle wrap related .