Front leaf spring - plastic insert that says "discard"

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Front leaf spring - plastic insert that says "discard"

6.9-250
Anyone have any info on this?  I was working on the brake calipers and see that it says discard on it.  Looks like it provides isolation between the 2 leafs??

1985 Ford F-250, 6.9L, Auto C6, 4x4 208F, Extended Cab
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ArdWrknTrk
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Also keeps my front tires from rubbing the leafs directly.

Not sure why you should discard it.
 Jim,
Lil'Red is a '87 F250 HD, 4.10's, 1356 4x4, Zf-5, 3G, PMGR, Saginaw PS, desmogged with an Edelbrock 1826 and Performer intake.
Too much other stuff to mention.
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Gary Lewis
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Does it have a # on it?  I might be able to cross-ref to a part #.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Re: Front leaf spring - plastic insert that says "discard"

myrl883
Those were used in production. They were meant to keep tie down chains from scratching the leaf springs, and were supposed to have been removed at PDI. It's amazing how many trucks we see that still have them.
Ford Parts Monkey since 1985
1981 F100 Flareside - Black, 302-4V Roller/AOD
1986 F150 Lariat 4x4 SWB - Black, 302/NP435
1986 F150 Flareside - Medium Fire Red 302/AOD
1986 F150 LWB "Parts Truck" - Red & Silver 302/AOD
1994 F250 4x4 Super Cab - 7.3 IDIT
I think it's a sickness...
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ArdWrknTrk
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Now I feel like one of those Hellcat guys that spends a fortune tracking down the bright yellow splitter guards.  
 Jim,
Lil'Red is a '87 F250 HD, 4.10's, 1356 4x4, Zf-5, 3G, PMGR, Saginaw PS, desmogged with an Edelbrock 1826 and Performer intake.
Too much other stuff to mention.
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Re: Front leaf spring - plastic insert that says "discard"

Gary Lewis
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But, it serves a useful purpose if you have big tires, so why throw them away?
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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ArdWrknTrk
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My tires are stock 235/85R-16 and they still rub....  
 Jim,
Lil'Red is a '87 F250 HD, 4.10's, 1356 4x4, Zf-5, 3G, PMGR, Saginaw PS, desmogged with an Edelbrock 1826 and Performer intake.
Too much other stuff to mention.
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Re: Front leaf spring - plastic insert that says "discard"

6.9-250
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So....since its been in there for 35 years...is there any good reason to remove it now?
1985 Ford F-250, 6.9L, Auto C6, 4x4 208F, Extended Cab
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Gary Lewis
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I don't see any reason to remove it.  It obviously isn't going to fall off and it isn't hurting anything.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI