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Author Topic:   Wrapping leafs with duct tape
eddie7232
Member
posted November 25, 2002 05:10 PM
Why wrap leafs springs with duct tape? I bougt my car turn key and noticed this. Just courious. Thanks,.

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DMA Racing
Member
posted November 25, 2002 05:48 PM
i think some do it to keep dirt from geting in between the leafs


ford5
Member
posted November 25, 2002 06:06 PM
some guys grease the entire spring to get them to flex easier with no bind and then they wrap them with tape to try to keep dirt off them


mongo21
Member
posted November 25, 2002 06:08 PM
we grease both sides of the leafs,then wrap with electrical tape.but like DMA said, to keep the dirt out.



66jj
Member
posted November 25, 2002 06:14 PM
why grease them

leafs come with nylon on the ends so they arent metal to metal, those shouldnt need any lube, seems to me that wrapping in duct tape would just trap in any moisture you do get in there??

DMA Racing
Member
posted November 25, 2002 06:57 PM
i use the afco brand. they use metal bands around a peice of rubber sometimes they slip back and forth,so i wrap them in duct tape,but thats all


tilley88
Member
posted November 26, 2002 12:00 AM
Would wrapping them actually increase the spring rate?


driver27
Member
posted November 26, 2002 07:56 AM
Ive got something in my notes somewhere about this. Im assuming you wrap the whole leaf spring with duct tape, but do you also put the metal keepers back on them or do you leave them off and use the tape only? Eddie


okiepro4
Member
posted November 26, 2002 06:41 PM
Its called jack the rear up and pressure wash them out, I just dont understand the theory about this tape wrapping. I bet someone tried it years ago and he realized after a few races that it is a waste of time and a bunch of copycats tried it and the legend lives on today. A few years back I put long zipties on my spokes of my rims, the theory was to wack the mud off of them when I raced, it didnt work and sucked to change a tire. This summer I saw a few drivers doing the same thing and I just giggled. I have never read or heard any spring manufacturer say to do the duct tape thing so I wont do it. Jack the rear up and wash em, then put your grease in em, just like ball joints and tie rods, when you dont put the rubber dust boots back on, you will have to wash it out after every race and apply new grease.


driver27
Member
posted November 27, 2002 10:27 AM
Just jack the car up and you can see daylight through each leaf. pretty simple


racnfool
Member
posted December 04, 2002 09:41 AM
Driver27 thanks for the input it is greatly appreciated. Eddie


WILLMM
Member
posted December 04, 2002 07:01 PM
THE GREASE AND TAPE IS A LEGEND


DMS CEO
Member
posted December 05, 2002 05:00 PM
Grease and tape is not a legend it is a wives tale. Dont believe the hype.


driver27
Member
posted December 06, 2002 01:07 PM
it's a wives tale. the small amount of friction you relieve with the grease is reclaimed when you wrap the springs with tape. for the best results with leafs, use an aftermarket spring with the plastic pads between the leafs. they keep a little air between the leafs and slide better than metal to metal. try a little graphite dust on the plastic pads.

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited December 06, 2002).]

DMS CEO
Member
posted December 08, 2002 07:17 PM
Ill be dang there is someone out there that isnt stuck in the middle ages.

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driver27
Member
posted December 09, 2002 07:51 AM
ok ok... be respectful.

jammin


Pickel
Member
posted December 09, 2002 10:51 AM
I run leafs on my street stock and ran greased and tape and did not notice any real differents,,I found in one on the catalogs a leaf spring mont to free the rear end up it self..I was thinking of givin it a try...


driver27
Member
posted December 09, 2002 03:42 PM
Sorry dude I was just trying to help the ole boy out...didnt mean to whiz in your corn flakes.

[This message has been edited by DMS CEO (edited December 10, 2002).]

DMA Racing
Member
posted December 10, 2002 06:51 PM
ok, i've been reading this post all week.has anybody put any of these springs on a leaf spring checker? i would like to know if the rate changes.thanks


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