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Squeaky Dakars : Any advice from others with the Dakars ?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by OZ-T, May 10, 2011.

  1. Jul 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    Tacoma831

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    My Dakar's have been squeaking ever since I went to the snow with them a couple years ago; very annoying. I've just been lubing them up but I think that piece of rubber is a good idea.
     
  2. Jul 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    My squeak seemed to be coming from the front bushing , but it was actually coming from between the top two leafs right behind the front bushing where there is no isolator .

    The squeak was really pissing me off
     
  3. Jul 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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    Any update on keeping the gasket in place? I'm gonna try it this weekend, my dakars are creaking like crazy.
     
  4. Jul 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    I was getting too weird about trying to keep it centred .

    It has shifted off to one side but is still pinched in there , if the leafs get unloaded and there is a gap , that's when it can move around .

    I just check it every so often which is why I think it makes sense to leave the tails of the gasket long , quite frankly , if I had to get under there and replace it or re-position it every three weeks , it would still be worth it for the silence I am enjoying.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM
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    Did you try it ?

    I got under there and repositioned my rubber strips today , one had worked free .

    I gotta figure out a way to keep them in place .

    Still worth it for the silence though . :)
     
  6. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:06 PM
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    I didn't get a chance to. Got called into work. But it's on top of the list of things to do.

    I wonder if some sort of adhesive will keep it in place?
     
  7. Aug 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    OK , update

    This arrangement seems to work really well in normal conditions , I can't say how well it would work if you were really flexing the pack but for me , the silence is bliss .


    I got the 2" strip of EPDM pond liner between the top leaf and the one wrapping the front bushing . I then spread the next leaf set down apart and tucked the long ends of the EPDM strip in between them .

    So far , in the last couple weeks , it hasn't moved at all .


    [​IMG]
     
  8. Sep 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    Subbing for future use. Mine just started making some noise.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    Spray them out with a car wash sprayer , then get under there and flex the truck up and down and try to figure out if it's from the front or back of the leaf pack .
     
  10. Sep 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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    Mine started squeaking again... Going to have to find something permanent.
     
  11. Sep 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    Front or back of pack ?
     
  12. Sep 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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    Its the front. I dont know if putting rubber strips in it would stay very long with the way that i abuse my leaf packs. Im going to try to find a way to attach them permantly.
     
  13. Sep 16, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    Try it , I've found that pinching the free ends of the rubber strips under the leaf below has kept them there for over 6 weeks now
     
  14. Sep 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    I have some 3M spray adhesive. Wonder if that would help hold them if I put it on one side?
     
  15. Sep 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    Im going to try that. If it doesnt work im going to try to get my GF to sew me a rubber sock for my leaf spring:D
     
  16. May 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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    My springs don't make much of a squeaking sound, its more of a creaking sound. It started almost immediately after install. I'm coming from the crappy stock non-tsb springs, which definitely had an extremely annoying "squeak". I notice my noise when I start moving from stand still, or stopping while backing up, then moving forward. I'm hoping this is the same noise that is being described in this thread.

    My concern is that I probably over-torqued my u-bolts. I tightened the nuts down essentially as tight as I could, without a torque wrench (ignorance at the time). I stopped when I noticed the actual u-bolts beginning to bow outwards from being so tight. Is this bad? I'm afraid if I loosen them up to torque them down properly, the U-bolts will be bent/damaged? Suggestions?
     
  17. May 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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    Torque them to 90 ft lbs
     
  18. May 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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    Or you could just press it out with a press :notsure:
     
  19. May 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    It's not the bushings
     
  20. May 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    At least you found something that reduced the squeaking. I was about to order some Dakars but idk if I want to deal with a squeaky leaf pack
     
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