i noticed that the little rubber pads in between the leaf springs are missing on my truck, the dealer wants $12.00 each and their is 8 of them ,does anyone know if these are available through any where else
Is your leaf springs squeaking a lot? If not, I woulnd't worry about them. If you are insistent on getting them, look for leaf spring pads. Almost any offroad online retailer will have them. 4wheelparts.com, summitracing.com. You might as well check ebay as well.
I checked my truck this morning as I had a broken leaf about a year ago. All looks good so I hit the leaf springs with a bit of Boeshield, hoping that would lube it up and the wax layer would stay on the metal for a while.
I'm also starting to wonder after shaking the spare tire if that may be what we hear shifting and hitting the frame when the weight transfers and the frame flexes?
You can always try lubing between the springs w/grease and a putty knife. I had that clunk for a while and the grease stopped it for about a year or so but it came back and a second application didn't do all that much. Maybe i didn't put enough on or other pads fell off. Mine was a clunk when the chasis was shifting while turning also.