Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: Does this look right? Im confused
It's a mono leaf perch with pads removed. The usual problem is the leaf spring only has a locator on the bottom, it can slip in the rubber pads and the axle moves forward. Using a lowering block below like this without pads makes for a more positive location of the axle and makes up for the loss of the pad thickness. I'm against using the rubber or poly spring pads, they are troublesome if you have much horsepower. Those mono-leaf lower plates are thinner steel than a multi leaf set, so tend to bend when overtightened and they position the shock eye lower than a multi leaf plate. This is done because the multi-leaf spring is thicker and the spring plate sits lower.
If you will stay with mono leaf springs, I'd pull the plates, and weld reinforcement bars crosswise left to right to strengthen them and find a thinner aluminum spacer. But it will work fine this way, it just places your shock a bit low but most mono leafs this old are sagging and lower than stock anyway... If you go to a multi-leaf spring, then multi-leaf perches are recommended. If this is a 67, then the only thick multi leaf plates are made by Detroit Speed.
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