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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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getting the rearend back in, trying to mount the lower shock plates, but ubolts not lining up. I had to stretch the bolts out some to get through the axle but now the ends if the ubolt to spread out to go through openings of shock plate. Should I drill out the holes on the shock plate?
Or maybe some how design a tool to bring the ends of the bolt in, maybe heat and bend
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 09:21 AM
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Re: shock mount

Sounds like you have the wrong sized u-bolts!

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Re: shock mount

Sounds like if the U-bolts are not the wrong ones then you spread them out too much or maybe have the shock plates turned 90 degs off. Did the U-bolts fit through the spring perch holes? Also where did your U-bolts come from? Hotchkis spring kits come with larger dia U-bolts and require drilling the perch and plates both.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Re: shock mount

Afco from summit
Just wide enouigh to get through axle
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Re: shock mount

It sounds like you don't appear to have the correct diameter U-Bolts, I believe they should be 3" diameter.....I thought that the holes in the shock plates are already elongated so the U-bolts will fit through these!
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Re: shock mount

I ordered new plates from rick's first gen, the holes are not elongated. I was thinking of doing that myself, just dont want compromise stability. If that is an issue.
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Re: shock mount

Probably be best to order the correct U-Bolts from Rick's First Gen....You really shouldn't have to spread these U-Bolts to make them fit!
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Re: shock mount

U-bolt stock size is 7/16"-20 and about 5"-6" long. If you have 1/2" u-bolts the plates/perch will have to be drilled. Like Dennis said maybe your plate is turned 90* off.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Re: shock mount

they are 1/2 that must be the problem. plate is in the correct position, b/c of shock mount location
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 12:40 PM
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Drill away!
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You do have to drill for 1/2" U-bolts but don't elongate the shock plate holes...

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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do you mean drill axle holes, instead of shock plate?
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do you mean drill axle holes, instead of shock plate?
Both if by axle holes you mean spring perches...

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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got ya, thanks
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 09, 03:45 PM
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Re: shock mount

If me, I'd first attempt to get what you have to work (since it came out of there and worked before) before I start making holes larger and potentially creating more play than is necessary & permanently mucking up original pieces. I visualize that you had to spread them out a little to slide over the axle tube so then makes sense you need to persuade back in a little. I like your idea of a tool to compress the ends closer together. If you're only talking a small amount that seems like the way to go in my opinion vs. goin in with a drill. Just my thoughts on how I'm visualzing your predicament.
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