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Need Ideas on Homemade Spring Pack Retainers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DougK20, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. DougK20

    DougK20 1/2 ton status

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    My fiddy-2's are fanning out too much at full droop. I'm worried about axle wrap, breaking main leaf, & pinion angle. Looking for ideas on the quickest & easiest ways to make some retainers for them. I'm thinkin' about some with a bolt through the top. Perhaps some cut & drilled c-channel, or something. Any other ideas? Thanks!
     
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    limiting straps.

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    piece of strap bent in a U, secure to the overload somehow. Limiting strap is a good choice too.

    Replace one of your leaves with a leaf that has a factory retainer?
     
  4. DougK20

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    I do plan on running limiting straps as well. However, their ability to help axle-wrap is limited. Gotta keep that new front shaft of mine safe! Thanks for the ideas.
     
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    Im sure if you took a leaf from your pack to a spring shop they could prolly add one (or two) of those u-shaped clamps too it for you also...

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    all you need to do is clamp the main leaf to the leaf under it to prevent any bending in the leafs.
    just get 2 pieces of steel strap that are about 3" long each, drill 2 hole in the ends, put one on the top leaf and the other under it below the 2nd leaf, then just run some bolts threw there to tighten them together.
     

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