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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2003, 08:54 PM
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u-bolts with YJs

I'm looking at puting YJ's on spring under and I was wondering if I can use the stock u-bolts or if I need new ones? next, on the passenger side of the front axle, there is that thing that keeps the inner u-bolt fron sliding over. does this need to be moved or removed ? or do i just move the u-bolts to the out sides of this bracket? Also, how do i align a set of ford shock towers? does anyone have measurements or refference points ? or do I just eyeball it? [img]images/graemlins/scs.gif[/img]
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Re: u-bolts with YJs

get new U bolts. Reusing old ones is asking for trouble, I hear. I have YJs SPUA and got new ones when I put them on.

We didnt move anything, just tightened them up. Are you referring to the thing with the two grooves and the little bumpstop on it? Oh yeah..we trapped that thing in there with one Ubolt. Better than nothing. Its not attached to the axle. When you take off the Ubolts it comes off.

For the ford shock towers, wildweasel eyeballled it and welded them in. The instructions (I got mine from TT) had a little illustration but we did it differently to gain some extra length. (see pic below)

On the alignment issue of the shock towers...you need to tip the tops out far enough so the shocks dont bind up when the axle droops, but if you ttip them out too far, then the tire rubs on them at full lock unless you have custom backspace wheels or narrow tires. Of course this relates to your lower shock mount location, too. What are you planning to do about lower shock mounts?..the old ones go away with the sami spring plates.


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