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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2001, 11:00 AM
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SPOA - UBOLT FLIP QUESTIONS

Just finished welding on the RRO SPOA pads - I was about to flip mount the spring plates on top of the leaf springs with the u-bolts upside down (the threads and nuts will point up instead of down) when I got an idea.

To keep the shock mounts on the underside of the axle instead of on top or for that matter welding new shock mounts on the axle, I have debated welding a centering pin on the stock spring plate and placing it back under the axle while using 2" square u-bolts that mount over top of the leaf springs and bolt beneath the axle. Has anyone else tried this approach?

There used to be a u-bolt flip kit offered by someone out there any ideas? Safety concerns?

I saw an old toyota four runner set up the same way SPOA with square u-bolts over the leaf springs etc...

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-Bill

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Re: SPOA - UBOLT FLIP QUESTIONS

Bill,

I've seen the set-up you describe many times - just make sure you get the new u-bolts long enough. Only real drawback is that you'll have the plates + the ubolt ends hanging below the stock spring perches, losing some ground clearance.

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Re: SPOA - UBOLT FLIP QUESTIONS

Toyota trucks use this setup in their stock SPOA. I perfer the u-bolts pointing up and the spring plates on top as it gives you more clearance, and if you smash your ubolt threads on the rocks, its going to be a big pain to get out. Shock mounts are easy enough to do anyway.
When you welded on your RRO pads, is there a gap between thre axle tube and the perch?

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2001, 11:39 AM
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Re: SPOA - UBOLT FLIP QUESTIONS

The RRO pads fit great there is a small gap between the pad and the axle housing. There was very little gap anywhere less than 1/16" maybe 1/32"? Anyways they fit great and as per the instructions I ran a weld along the top and sides of the pad. The front pads fit without grinding the old ubolt locating pads - again with very little gap. All pads seemed to line up perfectly.


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