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Noisy Rear Leaf Springs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by NoCoTaco, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Mar 29, 2017 at 8:12 PM
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    NoCoTaco

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    I recently had OME CS047R rear leaf springs installed. At first they made no noise, same as the stock leafs. After a few hundred miles they started squeaking quite a bit. Is that normal? Can anything be done about it? Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
     
  2. Mar 29, 2017 at 8:16 PM
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    Common problem with Dakars. There was a write up on here about possibly fixing them. I'll try to look for it.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2017 at 8:17 PM
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    Thanks @DustStorm4x4. It seems like they have quieted down some but it still annoys the hell out of me. I have about 1500 miles on them now. They started making noise about 200 miles after install.
     
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  4. Mar 29, 2017 at 8:23 PM
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  5. Mar 29, 2017 at 8:28 PM
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    Thanks for the help. Ill try some of these remedies and see how it goes. I probably have some motorcycle chain lube around somewhere.
     
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    These aftermarket springs are weird. I put Deaver J59's on my 2004 RC 4X4 and they were quiet as a mouse. Last summer I Fluid Filmed the underside like I do just before winter every year and decided to Fluid Film the springs. I figured what could it hurt and I thought it would help since these Deavers started rusting about a month after I installed them. They started squeaking immediately after I applied the Fluid Fim and it was REALLY annoying. It lasted for a couple of months and stopped. How something like Fluid Film which is a rust preventative as well as a lubricant could make springs squeak is beyond me but it did.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2017 at 9:02 PM
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    I'm with you, that doesn't make much sense.
     
  8. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:10 PM
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    It sure didn't to me but as sure as I'm typing here it happened.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2018 at 12:20 PM
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    I dont mean to crash the thread but I have a related similar issue with my 17 TRD sport access cab 4x4. I had no noise from OEM setup. @ 5k miles I installed a pair of Hellwig EZ-980 kit “add-a-leafs” to the rear.

    A slight fitment issue with insufficient clearance between the OEM Leaf “band” on the stack and the Hellwig U-bolt plate caused me to email Hellwig.

    They responded instantly with a box containing a U-bolt with a bit more bend or offset. This placed it far enough past the “band” so I could tighten the plate bolts adequately - and I thought all was rosey.

    Then the problem appeared. Whenever I take off “spirited” from a stop, the momentum shift rearward causes a “clunk” on the right rear springs only.

    I have triple checked everything, looking for springs rubbing or binding, bolts too loose, bolts/hardware interfering, and even compared the right installation to the left rear - and I see no potential issue or signs of a possible cause.

    AI have been unable to reproduce the noise by rocking etc. in my garage, so it’s tough to troubleshoot “real-time”. I now have 11k miles on the truck.

    I sent pics to Hellwig and have not received any reply as yet - other than saying they forwarded them with my description to their eng team.

    There are many posts everywhere about squeaks - but this is no squeak. It only happens when I take off with enough torque to shift the load rearward. No other ills are happening and the kit rides and handles with/without loading - perfectly.

    I would love to hear of anyone else experiencing this - and hopefully a hack to fix it.

    I found 1 possible post with a similar description - where the guy made some isolation rubber shims and inserted 2 on each end between leafs, on both sides of his truck.

    But I am uncertain that this was the same problem. Again - It only effects the right side.

    Thanks for reading. Rear/forward ends of the stack shown in pics below. A78C1C86-5744-4A7C-9663-ECACDA7BDDF4.jpg2B40027F-8ABC-4438-9486-30030B778194.jpg
     
  10. Nov 1, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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    That looks weird to me. Maybe that's how helwigs are supposed to look
     
  11. Nov 1, 2018 at 12:43 PM
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    It is correct. They are installed over top the OEM pack and under bump stop. The OEM U-bolts securing the set to the rear axle tubes are first removed and re-installed after sliding the AOL in place. Then the two Hellwig offset U-bolts are installed as in pis at each end of the stack.
     

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