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#1 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 08:36 PM
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Question i just got some used Dakar Leafs and i want to remove the Blocks underneath it but they wont budge i tried using a hammer and a flat head screwdriver but no luck any suggestions??
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It probably wouldn't hurt to leave them unless you are worried about too much lift? It looks like the center pin is holding the leaf pack together, in which case you will have to take them apart to remove the shim block and then re install the pin.

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Thanks dude!! so I would have to take off the top bolt to remove the block then just reinstall the bolt? and yes i really dont want that much lift in the rear end.

ill take your advice about the chair too almost ended up on the leafs. lol
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Thanks dude!! so I would have to take off the top bolt to remove the block then just reinstall the bolt? and yes i really dont want that much lift in the rear end.

ill take your advice about the chair too almost ended up on the leafs. lol
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Devise some sort of clamping method first off to hold the leafs together before you start loosening the nut. Springs under compression can be dangerous if not handled properly, and you want to keep them squished together. There's no way to know how much force is contained there, but I would atleast tighten up a couple C-clamps on them and make sure they are solid.

Maybe you are already aware of all this, but I had to add it in.


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Alright so I would probably have to get some heavy duty steel c-clamps. And thanks again man ur a ton of help.
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I'd definately get a couple if you don't have any. I can't imagine any name brand c-clamp not being strong enough. I only say get 2 because you want to even the load, and since you can't put one in the center, I would put one just outside of the aluminum shim/block on each side.
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Those are degree shims. They're meant to rotate the pinion slightly to help prevent possible vibration due to the lift provided by the springs. Some vehicles need them and some don't.

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That is very interesting information i'll hold on to the shims for a bit longer.
As of now they are off the springs and will be going on the truck in about a week or two. Thought i'd up load a pic of the removal of the shims just cause LOL Two Husky Clamps, 14 mm socket, & socket wrench are the only tools needed.
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those are med. duty leaf spring right? I'm loking to get some, but cannot find any information about load capacity. I know that they're suppose to better handle a constant load up to 400lbs, but what about MAX load? Do they help haul heavier loads?

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Those are degree shims. They're meant to rotate the pinion slightly to help prevent possible vibration due to the lift provided by the springs. Some vehicles need them and some don't.

Kevin
I am in agreement with Kevin. If those springs were designed for the Frontier, they probably designed them to use the degree shims for a reason.

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