So I took off the Lakewood traction bar and removed the 4 degree wedge that kept the snubber off of the spring. Without it, the snubber was hard against the spring in a pre load condition.
The CE-2101 traction bar with the J-bolts went on with new spring pads that are urethane. The fact that the pads seem thicker and the 2101 bar is longer, I figured I wouldn't need the 4 degree wedge to keep the snubber from hard contact with the spring eye.
I was wrong.
The snubber was hard against the spring when I brought it down off the jack. So I removed the 2101 bar and I put the 4 degree wedge back in, WITH the new urethane spring pads and torqued everything back down and its still
on the spring but not as compressed.
So I guess I'm going to put another wedge in, maybe an additional 2 degree wedge. That would be 6 degrees total. I just don't want preload.
So am I doing something wrong?
Doesn't it seem like a longer bar and newer thicker urethane pads would make the snubber less likely to rest against the spring? The Lakewood bar's snubber is a half inch off the spring and that was with an old collapsed rubber spring pad and a shorter bar.