You are probably referring to my earlier post... FWIW, some of the things I've found out replacing that thing...
1. Most any non OEM-type replacements are somewhat pricey: $40 on up. OEM-type are about $14.00 (4WD Hdwe). Compared to the beefier replacements, the OEM-type look pretty flimsy, but it DID last 22yrs... [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
2. Full Traction Suspension
makes one that has an additional attachment point forward of 'eye' - uses OE bumper attachment bolt. Looks like a good system. (Moses Ludel recommneds these in his recently-published "CJ Rebuilders Manual
".) I went w/ the OEM-type replacement - for now - b/c I'm so cheap & in a hurry, but may get a some Full Traction replacements, or fab up some similiar ones in the future.
3. Removing the remnant of the shackle hanger was a PITA. Both 'capture nuts' broke loose, so I ended up using a cut-off wheel to take remove 'em. Suggest you PB Blaster
the heck outa 'em before trying to remove.
4. B/c of #3, I had to either weld my replacement on or get nuts in the frame and hold to tighten. I elected the latter, but may have them welded too...
5. There is very little room to manuever in frame, trying to hold nuts in place (via limited access) to tighten bolts was next to impossible (I did not want to cut a hole in the frame rail to access).
6. I used Nylock
-type locking nuts and Locktite to secure nuts from vibrating loose. I was able to fully tighten the rear-most bolt, but the front could be a little tighter... therefore my thoughts of welding it up for additional strength/stability. (I'll go back tonight and try to get a wrench/socket on it again.)
7. Welding would be much easier (much less frustrating & [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]) way to go.
8. One reason I did not want to perm'ly attach (weld) spring hanger was because I might want to do a shackle reversal. But, I am unsure whether the front spring hanger is used (as-is) or is replaced w/ other hardware.
QUESTION Does OE front spring hanger stay in place &/or used when you do a shackle reversal?
9. When trying to bolt up the shackle, I found that the spring is a mite tweaked and not lining up real straight w/ the repl. hanger - about 1 1/2" off. I have a feeling this is gonna be a PITA to line up and get reattached...
10. Finally: I'd suggest all readers check your spring hangers, especially around the area of the cutout for the frame rivet, for cracks, fatigue, bending, etc. I still get a queasy feeling in my gut when I think about what coulda
happened had that shackle eye bumped loose from where it caught itself on the bumper bracket... while on the Interstate. [Again Lord, THANK YOU!]