Leaf spring hardware question

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by 80's AL, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. 80's AL

    80's AL Member

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    I am about to replace the rear springs on my 80'.

    I was going to do 4 U-bolts rather that the 4 T-bolts and 2 U-bolts.

    Is there any advantage/disadvantages to this?

    Thanks
     
  2. 79T/Aman

    79T/Aman Veteran Member NastyZ28 Sponsor NastyZ28 Sponsor Lifetime Gold Member

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    not at all, we provide four 1/2" U-bolts in our kits.
     
  3. 80's AL

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    I really like the roll bar you guys have as well.

    on my wish list....sure i will be getting one at some point.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The only disadvantage.... You will need to drill out the holes for 1/2" U-bolts. (originals are 7/16")

    You will also need to bend the brake lines a bit to put the u-bolts beneath them.
     
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    I would just get replacement 7-16 u-bolts. Hotchkis provides 1/2” bolts but it was a PIA over sizing all the holes.
     
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    You can pick up a 9/16" drill bit and open those holes up in a matter of seconds per hole. Just be easy with the hard brake line and slip the U-bolt under it. Easy stuff and better than the factory T-bolts IMHO.
     
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    I also went with 4 U-bolts. Mine is just a street car, buit I at least got better piece of mind from it.
     

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