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I am going to be doing a buggy spring set up in the near future, and I was wondering how everyone goes about drilling holes in the springs to secure them to the frame? That metal is really hard to drill through, so I just wanted to know if anyone had some easy or easier way to do it. Thanks in advance.

 
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Fred,
I feel sorry for you....when I was drilling the holes in my springs for the teflon pads I ate up 6 drill bits and never got a single hole done. I am lucky in that I have access to a HEAVY DUTY punch....you know, one of those 12 foot tall scary machines that will punch 2" hole in 1/2" steel....worked great on the springs.....

Do what John says....but you might want to try to find a really hard drill...not you local Craftsman...Also, make sure you drill a small pilot hole...you may even have to drill it several times going up a few sizes each time.

Good Luck

John......southern CA
84CJ7, 3"lift, 32"BFG, 4.10's, ARB Locker, Solid Axle's, Durabak
 

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Re: best way to drill holes? - The secret...

Masonary drill bit - sharpened slightly with a grinder. Lots of oil (Tap-ease is niiiiiiice). Take it slow. And a drill press makes life MUCh easier (but a hand drill *will* work.
You will have to re-sharpen the bit a few times during the process, but it works, I swear...
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I did this for a friends CJ. He told me where to put the holes and I cut them with the YAG Laser we have at work. No cutting oil, no messed up drill bits, and it took about 20 seconds per hole. Check for a local Big machine shop in your area, if they don't have a Laser, they will know someone who does. Find an operator who is into 4x4's and he'll probably do it for free!

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Re: best way to drill holes? - The secret...

Wow, a laser/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
How do I add one of those under my hood for trail repairs/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif?

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I think that the underhood Premier Power Laser has met with some governmental regulation problems - something about accidentally turning on while in traffic and cutting a few cars in half at a stoplight.... I may be wrong though /wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif

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I built a goofy leaf setup for my '85 4Runner a while back that worked great. I do a lot of drilling in steel and I LOVE my cobalt bits. Use lots of WD40 to keep'em cool and let the bit do the work and they'll last forever. For my runner I cut up some wrangler main leaves and drlled a hole in the center ,with my drill press on the lowest speed and a cobalt bit, and put a bolt in it with a rounded head. I drilled a matching hole in the frame and used the bolt as a center pin to keep the leaf in place. I had some u bolts made to go around the frame and a drilled some 1/4" plate to sandwich it to the frame. It worked wonderful but the stock toy axles were too narrow and shoved to tires into the frame before the flex got really jaw dropping. I ran it looose on the street with no problems except the occasional clunk. The only unexpected aspect was if I layed into the throttle on a loose surface the axle wrap would pull down on the leaf and raise up the rear of the truck about 4". Good luck with your project and Happy Jeepin
Travis

 
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