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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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whats wrong with 2in spring pads on 2.5in springs?

I am putting a 74 CJ D44 into my 78 CJ5 this weekend. I know that the spring pads on the axle are only 2 in wide and the springs are 2.5 in wide, but is that really a problem? Is there some strength or alingment issue that I am just not seeing?

Also one more quick question- I know i need new u-bolts but do i need to get new spring plates or will my plates from the M20 fit? Thanks- Tim
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Re: whats wrong with 2in spring pads on 2.5in springs?

I don't see why you would have a problem. You are only talking a 1/4 of an inch overhang on each side. I ran wrangler springs on the front of my CJ for 2 years, and that was a 2 1/2" spring on a 2" pearch. No problems.

Strength wise, your u-bolt plates will be fine to reuse. You may want to check the width of the bolt holes. Of course now would be the time to upgrade to some high clearance JKS skid/u-bolt plates. Oh, look, I have a used set right here! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] If interested let me know.
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Re: whats wrong with 2in spring pads on 2.5in spri

Dont worry about the difference of a 1/4 on a side. No big deal.

Now for the plates that could be a problem. Your probably going from a amc20 to the d44. So im 99% sure that the axle tubes are much smaller on the 20, so you will either have to open the holes up or use the stock plates from the other rear and open them up to fit the wider springs. Or just find a set in the junkyard that will work.. Or buy a new set.
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Re: whats wrong with 2in spring pads on 2.5in springs?

Tippy,
Not trying to hijack this post - but did I read that you have a set of JKS U Bolt skid plates for sale that would be suitable for a CJ? If so - I'd be interested.
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