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Question Question on rear spring perch/shock plates, multi-leaf

Hey gang.......just put the rear suspension back in after being out for over a year. I replaced only the cushion pads. Question is this....should the shock plate and the perch/spring mount on the axle clamp tight together when the u-bolt and t-bolts are tightened up, or should there be a gap? On the drivers side, there was a gap. On the passenger side, I was able to close the gap completely. I will go back to the other side tomorrow and re-visit my work, as I loosened it all up again on the drivers side, but thought I should ask the question..........gap or up tight? Car is a 69 Z with 5 leafs, stock plates and 12 bolt rear.

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Re: Question on rear spring perch/shock plates, multi-leaf

If the rear end has multi leaf perches on it, then they should close up tight. Many times you see multi leaf springs on a mono leaf perch axle, and there will be a gap.

Check the side with the gap and make sure the cushions are where they need to be, and that theyre not bunched or binding up.


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Re: Question on rear spring perch/shock plates, multi-leaf

Thanks Dave.......I think due to the fact the spring are in full arch, they do not clamp up flat until I put weight on them. I think that will help. Once I do that, I will re-torque all rear suspension fasteners. If I have any more problems, I'll let you know. Thanks again!!

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Re: Question on rear spring perch/shock plates, multi-leaf

Once I lined everything up, and tightened in sequence, using a gun, it all came together. Just make sure the cushions are not folded up and are aligned properly, then all is good.

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