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dougtappan

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Spring shacles

Post by dougtappan on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:47 pm

After taking the van completely apart and putting it on a rotiserie I'm getting ready to start putting it back together again.I should have taken some pics for orientation but I didn't so here goes. How do you tell the forward face of the front axle? I think the wedge shaped protrusions about 16" in from the outside of the front axle faces forward Can someone with a second gen van confirm this?
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dougtappan

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Spring Shacles

Post by dougtappan on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:51 pm

Oh and also does anybody have a source for front spring "U" bolts or even some used in good shape I know they are usually not to be reused but I don't think I will be able to find any new ones
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Re: Spring shacles

Post by donivan65 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:17 pm

I would say, if you have the spindles off and you just got a big hunk of iron sitting there, it don't matter which way it goes on,,,,,its flat,,,,and the caster shims under the springs tilt the axle backwards like a motorcycle to the correct angle,,,,,
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Re: Spring shacles

Post by donivan65 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:03 pm

you have 2 1/2" U bolts and what do they hold,,,,1 or 2 leafs,,,,,,,a spring or off road shop should have some if you think you need some,,,,,




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dougtappan

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spring U bolts

Post by dougtappan on Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:28 pm

Thanks Doni I had the same thoughts. but you bring up a good point, since my new springs have 4 leifs the original "U" bolts may not be long enough. I might have to have some custom "U" bolts made.
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Re: Spring shacles

Post by donivan65 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:48 pm

I would think 2 1/2" U bolts are a common size,,,,Hot Rod springs are 2 1/2" wide....

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