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What is causing my Dakars to become misaligned ?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by OZ-T, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T [OP] All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Recently I've noticed the leafs in my driver's side pack have become noticeably misaligned at the ends , and when I turn sharply they sound like they are binding up and making a clunk .

    Two of the U shaped retainers look as though they are limiting the side to side action as they have worn paint off the leafs where they are rubbing on them .

    WTF :mad:
     
  2. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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    hmm...got a pic?
     
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    Too dark right now , I'll have to snap one tomorrow .
     
  4. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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    Have you checked your u bolts? Re torque?
     
  5. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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    i don't think I've seen this happen, i might not be much helped, all i got is check u-bolts? but I'm curious to why it would mis-align :confused:
     
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    I have that on my list of things to check in the morning

    Thanks for the reply
     
  7. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM
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    Normal..you should see mine after nearly every run in the rock crawler and just about most leafsprung crawlers im out with. I use a 5lb mallet to teach em a lesson on where they need to stay at lol. Dumb question time..are your u-bolts properly torqued? And I mean at the proper torque values with a torque wrench?
     
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    It seems really odd , they seem like they really want to move side to side , funny thing is I think this may have started soon after I installed my axle shims , however the passenger side pack is dead true
     
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    normal for the monkey crawler yes, but i don't think the OZ is out climbing massive boulders, just beat them back in place eh?
     
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    A good rule of thumb/reminder for me is to check them every oil change/tire rotation.
     
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    I am checking the u bolt torque in the morning , with a torque wrench , lol

    I had them at 90 ft lbs after the axle shim install .
     
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    I had axle shims installed about 2 months ago , we had them torqued correctly then .
     
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    Forgot that there just aren't any trails in canada..just potholes and snow.
     
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    if you do a lot of hard wheeling i've heard of this happening (not dakar specific, just to leaf packs in general) my buddies solution was to get them re-lined up, grind a groove lined up with the center bolt and throw a nice weld down the groove to hold everything together.
    so far, he hasn't had any more issues

    good luck
     
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    No massive boulders

    or snow yet this year :D
     
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    lol

    :)
     
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    my expos do this too, I slap them with a rubber mallet

    I need to get longer u-bolts too, though
     
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    I realigned them with a C clamp and a peice of 1/2" steel , but they have become misaligned again .

    hopefully it's just a u bolt torque issue
     
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    now I'm about to go check mine :popcorn:
     
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    I haven't heard it happen to dakars, but have seen alcans. The solution, whack em back in place and re torque to a higher ft lb. I don't know about dakars but you can get more retainers/clips to hold them in place, but it will take out some of the flex.
     
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