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Dakar EL46XL. Which side forward in the leaf pack?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ABNFDC, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Sep 23, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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    ABNFDC

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    Not sure if Dakars for 2nd gens are the same as for 1st gens, but I remember the extra leaf being asymmetrical, with the longer side towards the rear of the truck. I believe it was the square end, and it was the second leaf after the main one.
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2017 at 4:52 AM
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    Thanks. In this case the square end of the AAL is longer by almost 2"s. The spring pack is about the same length either way. The spring pack does have more of a square cut on the forward side which led me to believe the square end goes forward. A shame the AAL doesn't have a dummy proof arrow like the spring pack does.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2017 at 5:02 AM
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    The AAL is the same as one of the springs in the pack.. just match it up to thr spring it installs next to
     
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  5. Mar 30, 2018 at 3:29 PM
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    Correct or not, the square end forward is what I went with. I also picked up some cheap Leaf Spring Spacers(the round plastic pad) for each end, disassembled an coated with dry moly lube, greased the contact points, and then made a pad for the center of the springs. No noise and ZERO complaints here.

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  7. Mar 31, 2018 at 10:51 AM
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    Thanks. I went with the same square end forward. It matches the taper on both ends of the spring pack and makes sense to me. No issues so far.
     
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