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Making your own spring plates

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by odoa3, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. odoa3

    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    When I pulled the 14 bolt out of the parts truck, I didn't grab the spring plates. I have seen people make their own out of a flat piece of steel. Brand new BDS lift springs so really don't want to mess them up. Any thoughts or experience on this?
    Thanks.
     
  2. 85mudblazin

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    Diy4x has some good ones at a cheap price.
    As for making them dont use anything that is less then 1/2" thick.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    LMC Truck sells them real cheap.
     
  4. odoa3

    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, I kind of like the ones DIY has... worried about the shipping. I should probably shoot him an email to check.

    Forgot about LMC, will check them out as well.
     
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    there are no salvage yards around your area? Those things are a dime a dozen. You can prolly even get them for a discount if you know wat I mean.
     
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    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    They seem to be in short supply up here from the calling around I have done. But, then I have never been able to find much up here in the junk yards. I have had better luck in back yards. :D
     
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    I built my own out of 1/4" plate and 3/4 solid round. If you use plate that thin it has to be stregthned somehow but I think DIY 4xs are pretty sweet too.
     
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    The ones I make are 3/4" thick :thumb:
     
  9. sweetk30

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    mine are 3/4 plate also. homemade my self. took 30 min with tapemeasure and marker then drill press. best part is 3/4 plate wont need the center pin hole all the way threw so it hides it. and you can weld aboout any sort of tab on for shocks or axlewrap arm in futur.
     
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    Kurts shipping is generally 15% of the total order price so you could figure it out.
     
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    perp 1/2 ton status

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    1/2 ton plates will fit, just got to elongate the holes. Cheap and easy to find too. I bought somw thick ones from BTF, but if you don't want to spend the extra $$$$ , then this could work for you.
     
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    Here are mine I can't bend them in a 12 ton press so I figure they will be alright plus I think the look cool

    spring plate.jpg
     
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    What's with the round rods on the end?
     
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    I believe the rods are so there strengthen the plates .

    Just couldn't get past Kert's (DIY4x4) plates- so he hooked me up.

    However, Blazinzuk if I had seen yours first I would probably be welding right now, those are sweet! :bow: :thumb:
     
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    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks guys yah the round stuff on the end is for strength I had these laying around from another project put them on and they started bending got looking around the garage had the solid round and for once I put 2 and 2 together they are actually one of my favorite things on my truck :D
     

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