The bolton kit was designed to make an SPOA easy for this without welding access. It is very strong and very realiable. The main drawback is that the ubolts still point down which does take away from clearance over what a normal SPOA setup has. Perhaps for this reason, you may want to weld the spring pads and flip the ubolt plates to the top. You will gain approx and extra 1.25" of clearance directly under the axle.
The drawback with this is that you would need to fabricate or pickup some shock mounts that would put the shocks back under your axle where they are now.
If you have any questions about the modification of one of our lifts or other's involving the bolton system on your vehicle, please feel free to email me direct. [email protected]
Don't worry about it as long as you check the Ubolts once in awhile for tightness you will be fine. My nephew has a kit on his drive the hell out of it(Probley 5-600 miles a week)
and other than the ubolts being loose no problems. (And that was his fault.)
I have seen the Bolt on kit your refering too and unless they have changed them since the older kits i wasnt too impressed. the idea has a lot of merit, but i thought the pads were kinda thin. I can also see the argument that under heavy wheeling that it can tear the original spring pad off the housing. cause you got to remember that these trucks are not spring chickens anymore...your working with possibly something that has rusted and something that is over 10 years old. Welds tend to fatigue and work harden to some extent over time. and with the bolt on kit you are now reversing the stress on the welds by 100%. and now the weight is totally on the welds, not supported over the whole tube like it was in the original configuration.
I bought the Breeze kit with the 4.5" pads and man i got to tell yea....100% Grade A Beef! they are made from 1/4" thick steel and are longer then the stock pads.... they welded on very nicely and after abusing my zuk i havent had any trouble with them.
again..not tryng to start a pissing contest again i am just stateing what i saw [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
actually with the way the original pads are on the axle you really dont gain any significant clearance. the curve of the Ubolts stick up about as far as the pad does on the bottom
sorry after rereading glenn's post i didnt realize that the ubolts were upsidedown with the bolt on kit...either way though you still wouldnt gain anythiing from cutting off the original perches....id leave them there in case you ever want to take the kit out or if you sell the zuk and want to bring it back down.....always leave your options as open as possible cause you never know what the future might hold..