U-Bolt hole spacing on multi-leaf shock plates (?)
I'm in the process of installing a multi-leaf 8.5" 10-bolt from a '74 Nova into my '69. Picked up some repro "multi-leaf" lower shock plates from NPD and (as some others have reported) the angle of the shock mount eye seems wrong (not bent enough) and the U-bolt holes in the plate don't quite match the holes in the multi-leaf perches on the rear.
So now I'm thinking of returning the NPD plates and ordering the DSE plates like I should have originally.
But, If possible, I'd like to verify that my rear isn't "special" for some reason before I order.
Can anyone with another multi-leaf rear (ideally an 8.5") OR with DSE "stock type" lower shock plates measure the center-to-center distance for the U-bolt holes?
For reference, my 8.5" seems to be about 4+1/8" between the holes.
My old 8.2" mono-leaf rear and plates are ~3+7/8"
The NPD multi-leaf plates are maybe 3 15/16"? (They are apparently supplied by "Hugger Performance Specialty Muscle Car Products" K00040-R)
(Everything is ~3.5" across the "U" of the U-bolts, these measurements are the distance between the hols along the axle)
Last edited by TMessick; Oct 29th, 09 at 06:40 PM.