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05-25-2009 09:23 PM
noface drill and tap those fawkers to 3/4" fine thread... plenty of meat on the chevy castings, and no more problems, and no extra custom made u-bolts to deal with...
05-25-2009 04:08 PM
1TON73K5
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Originally Posted by TexasBlake View Post
Okay I finished the spring plates and bolted them up. I mismeasured the hole spacing a little so I'll probably remake them. They're 1/4" plate and I might use 3/8s this time around. But anyway you should get the idea now.

I need to do this repair. In this pic how is it possible to have the front U bolt run along side the housing? If I use square U bolts my front U bolt runs right in front of the dif cover bolts. Is this a Dodge axle or something? Whats up with that? I know you don't want to re-drill the spring pin hole in the axle and move the spring pack over. Thats what it looked like this guy did.
10-11-2005 11:55 PM
randii FWIW, the U-bolt that I had made was 9/16" in diameter and 4.5" (between legs) and 11" long. The stock passenger-side U-bolt is 3.75" (between legs) -- I can't comment on the actual stock length, since the previous owner lifted the truck. My outter U measures 9" long, FWIW.

I welded a reinforced tab to my stock spring plate and redrilled the center hole, and I was able to re-use it.

Randii
10-10-2005 11:24 PM
randii Rise!

That's it, I'm tired of those stupid studs, they let loose again, and this time no amount of mojo is gonna summon their remnants forth from the casting... without completely removing the axle and chucking it up in the mill.

I've drilled the back-side web, put a *small* notch in the bottom-side web, and test-fit the U-bolt in the resulting space. I'm having Dentoni's Spring Shop form a U-bolt to my spec tomorrow AM.

Randii
03-15-2004 07:50 AM
DanB perfecto one less welding worries i have to worry about..

thanks bunch for those info..hopefullyi can finish it tonight.. and move my truck since its parked at my buddy's house.. kinda in the way.. should have took out my diff other location.. oh well
03-14-2004 11:25 PM
TexasBlake i just u bolted that bitch inj
03-14-2004 09:42 AM
DanB allrighty thanks for the pics but i was planning on mounting them other side down.. also did u weld that bracket to your axle?

people are saying its cast u should be heating it up and use nickel rod

im not a expert welder so i might get some guy i know to do it.. or is it just placed on and u bolted? since the top plate for the leafs to sit on will make it not move..


let me know
03-13-2004 09:45 PM
TexasBlake
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Originally posted by DanB
ohhh ok.. well i was thinking of what i have in my 14 bolt rear axle..

some metal peice to make the u bolt stay.. with centering pin.. instead of having a plate.. i will ask that spring shop on monday while they make me new u bolts for 20 bux (for 2.. nice guy)

last time i went to local part store.. 35 or something

Okay I finished the spring plates and bolted them up. I mismeasured the hole spacing a little so I'll probably remake them. They're 1/4" plate and I might use 3/8s this time around. But anyway you should get the idea now.
03-13-2004 08:59 PM
DanB ohhh ok.. well i was thinking of what i have in my 14 bolt rear axle..

some metal peice to make the u bolt stay.. with centering pin.. instead of having a plate.. i will ask that spring shop on monday while they make me new u bolts for 20 bux (for 2.. nice guy)

last time i went to local part store.. 35 or something
03-13-2004 04:25 PM
TexasBlake
Quote:
Originally posted by DanB
goign to make simlar stuff to that last 2 images..

but i was wondering if u are susposed to have something on the leafs rippled stuff so that u bolt wont be sliding around?? will try find that in my local part store hopefully they will have something..

and not going to cost me arm and leg
I'm not really sure what you're asking, but I just made some spring plates last night that will sit above the leaf springs. They have holes in them for the center pin and the u bolts will go through them.
03-13-2004 12:38 PM
DanB goign to make simlar stuff to that last 2 images..

but i was wondering if u are susposed to have something on the leafs rippled stuff so that u bolt wont be sliding around?? will try find that in my local part store hopefully they will have something..

and not going to cost me arm and leg
03-09-2004 09:10 PM
TexasBlake
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Originally posted by Grendel
I have several of those Ford plates if you need 'em.
You dont need them, make your own. This way you don't have to run with the bolt side down on the u bolts. Mine was made with a Warrior spring perch and some plate. I'll run a squared u bolt with the nuts on top with a spring plate.

***axle upside down in this pic****


03-09-2004 08:23 PM
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Originally posted by randii
I busted off another set of studs on my Dodge W250 D60 front and I'm not having any success retrieving them with conventional means, such as those detailed in: https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...hreadid=187185

Anybody actually try bigdude's cast underplate with success? I have a Ford Dana 60 up against the wall in the garage and may have the cast bottom plate as pictured, in the box of parts that came along with the axle, but I can't see it fitting, since the plane that connects the center axis of the two Dodge studs intersects with at least two of the diff cover retention bolts.

I don't have the garage expansion wired well enough for the weld-a-nut copper-sleeve trick that I used last time this happened, either.

Those last Dodge-dealer studs lasted me all of a calendar year, and I was anal about retorquing them. Mebbe U-bolts *are* a superior solution...

Randii
Get rid of those puny 9/16" studs and drill/tap up to 5/8". The stock studs on a chevy 60 are 5/8", where the dodge ones are 9/16". Clean out the holes real good and slather the red loctite on the housing side of the studs. I did this on mine and I have never had any problems. You have two evils working against you- I used to have problems with the nuts loosening when I used anything other than the oem cast spring plate. (dodge doesn't use a cast plate, it's stamped/bent mild steel) Also on the dodge 60f's the stud holes are located closer together than the chevy so they have more leverage working against them.
You could redrill and tap to the chevy dimensions and use a chevy cast spring plate- that may help. I am leery of the ubolt idea since I have seen a few housings die when the casting webs were grooved for the ubolt.
03-09-2004 05:51 PM
Grendel I have several of those Ford plates if you need 'em.

They do fit a chevy housing and work quite well in this application.
03-09-2004 02:09 PM
LOPPY
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Originally posted by Highlander
How about welding studs into the housing? Anyone done this?
Exactly what I just did. I dont know how long it will last. But I'm not a total freak on the skinny pedal and thought WTF, try this first. If this dont work, gunna do the Ford cast piece thing. I'll report in when it breaks. (notice I said when )

Got a lame little write up and pics here:

http://www.rps4wd.com/cgi-bin/yabb/Y...num=1077499677
03-09-2004 01:54 PM
BMFNTOY
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Originally posted by Garza


Whose is, mine or u just punking Highlander?

BTW, The Jerk, I got a Pass-side diff spring plate that will fit from a Dodge Dana60"mine". If u want it let me know!
Hey Garza, I'll take that Dodge D60 Pass. side spring plate if Jimmy (the Jerk) doesn't! Need one bad!! let me know

Thanks
Jeff
03-09-2004 12:58 PM
randii I busted off another set of studs on my Dodge W250 D60 front and I'm not having any success retrieving them with conventional means, such as those detailed in: https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...hreadid=187185

Anybody actually try bigdude's cast underplate with success? I have a Ford Dana 60 up against the wall in the garage and may have the cast bottom plate as pictured, in the box of parts that came along with the axle, but I can't see it fitting, since the plane that connects the center axis of the two Dodge studs intersects with at least two of the diff cover retention bolts.

I don't have the garage expansion wired well enough for the weld-a-nut copper-sleeve trick that I used last time this happened, either.

Those last Dodge-dealer studs lasted me all of a calendar year, and I was anal about retorquing them. Mebbe U-bolts *are* a superior solution...

Randii
06-01-2002 10:37 PM
Highlander Aggro / Bigdude : thanks for the pics,

How about welding studs into the housing? Anyone done this?
05-30-2002 11:09 AM
Aggro but you can still get the idea...
05-30-2002 11:08 AM
Aggro had to resize...
05-30-2002 11:08 AM
Aggro big dudes pics:
05-30-2002 10:39 AM
bigdude
Quote:
Originally posted by rockracer
hey i c my jeep...and ricktard is right my axle is notched and doesnt have a single problem but ohh well.....its only been in about 20 comps and hasnt cracked yet but im sure its about to
Why give the rolly eyes because someone decides to do something different than you? You big meanie

I'm heading out to take pics now and I'll send them to you in a few Aggro
05-30-2002 10:34 AM
skinny hey i c my jeep...and ricktard is right my axle is notched and doesnt have a single problem but ohh well.....its only been in about 20 comps and hasnt cracked yet but im sure its about to and keith im sure my front end is only worth a 100 bucks huh
05-30-2002 07:13 AM
Aggro
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Originally posted by bigdude
Some turkey took the digi-cam yesterday from work so I couldn't get it. I'll get it this morning and snap some pics because I drove the beast to work. Who can I email them to to post for these guys?
Send them to me, and I'll post 'em here.
05-30-2002 06:27 AM
bigdude Some turkey took the digi-cam yesterday from work so I couldn't get it. I'll get it this morning and snap some pics because I drove the beast to work. Who can I email them to to post for these guys?
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