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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 11, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Rear leaf spring shock plate, changing rear end

Hi
I am currently changing from 10 to 12 bolt and single to multi leaf.
Can I use my "old" shock plate or is there any special made for the multi leaf (Hotschkis 3 leaf) ?

Thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 11, 05:46 AM
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Re: Rear leaf spring shock plate, changing rear end

the mono leaf plate is different then the multi leaf plate in shape and thickness
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 11, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Rear leaf spring shock plate, changing rear end

Ok, thanks. I suspected it would be some difference between them after finding this one
http://www.shop.stevescamaroparts.co...-RH-250140.htm
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 11, 10:00 PM
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Re: Rear leaf spring shock plate, changing rear end

The leaf spring perches are "taller" on a multi-leaf rear than on a mono-leaf rear, so the stock multi-leaf plates have the shock mount closer to the "flat" part of the plate to make up the difference. They are also made of a thicker metal and mount the lower end of the shock with a pin instead of the thru-bolt. There are bolt-in "studs" available that should let you re-use your stock mono shocks with the multi plates if you want.

You CAN re-use the old mono-leaf plates, but they'll move the lower end of the shock down an inch or two when used with the multi-leaf spring perches. This can cause issues with the shock hitting the wheel if you use smaller diameter wheels (15" or 16") and wide wheels/tires.

Note that several folks (including myself) have had issues with the alignment of the repo multi-leaf plates not having the shock mount ears at the right angle. The Detroit Speed and Engineering plates cost the same and fit much better. 2x 40302R if you've got a 68/69 or 1x 40302L and 1x 40302R if you've got a 67 with non-staggered shocks.
http://www.detroitspeed.com/1967-196...shck-plts.html
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