Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: rockville, MD USA
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by joe clance:
I trashed mine. But, i also replaced the center bolt w/ a carrage bolt of the same diameter and length that had a 1.5" flat "button" top that was about 1/8' tall above the top of spring. Got them at the hardware store Tightened the springs w/ the carrage bolt and a lock washer and lock nut. Placed springs between the perches and tightened "U" bolts to 50 ft. lbs.
Please bear with me, I want to make sure I understand what you did. Also, please note my only visualization of the monoleafs and perches comes from looking at what is installed on the car. I have not seen these disassembled.
I have looked carefully at the mono perches on my car; as I look at the bottom (which is also the shock plate) I see what looks like a "nub" coming thru a center hole. There are pads installed, but it's not clear to me if this "nub" is a centering pin on the mono spring that sticks thru the pad or if the nub is part of the pad.
With your install, instead of using the center bolt supplied with the hotchkis springs, you replaced it with a carriage bolt that had minimal protrusion (1/8") above the top of the spring. This is lower than the 5/16" that the hotchkis bolt sticks up.
Then it sounds like you tightened the springs together and placed them in the perches, WITH NO PADS. What about the protrusion of the lock nut on the bottom of the spring? Does the lock nut fit thru the hole on the lower perch/shock plate?
Basically, it sounds like if the hotchis bolt is replaced as described above and no pads and no spacers are used, the hotchkis 3-leafs will fit almost just like the original monos. Is this correct?