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Axle flip for my 108

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AzDon

Number of posts : 296
Location : Lake Havasu Az
Age : 60
Registration date : 2014-01-20

Axle flip for my 108

Post by AzDon on Sat May 13, 2017 8:48 pm

I finally got around to processing some pics of my axle flip....



Used the top two stock leaves and two additional thinner leaves from a rough country set I got at scrap metal store (I assume they are jeep stuff) Those two leaves had three locator straps that I drilled for bolts and used 3/8 fuel hose as insulators.... Six degree wedges bolted into spring pack and vinyl vibe pads off a roll from speedway motors....



On it's wheels after initial mockup......Currently no engine or trans in it....




Another shot of the assembled left spring pack...



Flip saddle in place with locating nub welded to bottom of axle



Tape, white spray paint and a bit of careful measuring determine where the centering nubs belong



nubs are simply leftover pieces of the shortened u-bolts



More pics later, but here is a pic of everything but the brake drum installed, including new bump stop and air shock......
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samsvan

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Location : Sarasota, Fl.
Age : 54
Registration date : 2014-09-04

Re: Axle flip for my 108

Post by samsvan on Sun May 14, 2017 6:35 am

It took me a minute but I figured it out. Your shims looked like they were in backwards but since your axle is on top of the springs....
Nice work Don.
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AzDon

Number of posts : 296
Location : Lake Havasu Az
Age : 60
Registration date : 2014-01-20

Re: Axle flip for my 108

Post by AzDon on Sun May 14, 2017 3:17 pm

Thanks!..... Hopefully I won't need more degrees because the spring packs will have to come apart to change them, and that requires removal of the u-bolts...
I also notice I need to learn more about posting, as the right third of all my pics are missing....
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samsvan

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Re: Axle flip for my 108

Post by samsvan on Sun May 14, 2017 3:57 pm

Well that's an easy one! Just change the setting to 640 px width when you're loading your pictures.
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AzDon

Number of posts : 296
Location : Lake Havasu Az
Age : 60
Registration date : 2014-01-20

Re: Axle flip for my 108

Post by AzDon on Thu May 18, 2017 11:36 am

Update......Put the van back on it's wheels (up on 4 cinder blocks)..... With identical wheels/tires on front/rear, it's 2.75 inches lower in the front, but currently has no engine/trans in it....... I took my dial level underneath to check the caster.......With 6 degree shims, it is showing one degree negative caster......Since I'm going to put taller rear tires on and engine weight will go mostly to the front, I'm thinking 10-12 degree shims is whats needed to end up 2-4 degrees positive..... Fortunate that I left some extra threads on the u-bolts.....

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