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Old 03-30-2008, 01:38 PM
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Default More springs and shackles

After reading Whatley's article in the May/June '06 TT, I have been plotting and planning and the time has finally come to replace my shackles and I thought I would put some of those ideas to good use. I still have to replace my rear springs, but oh well, that'll come...

Check out what I was up against: and BTW when I was taking the front shackles off one of them broke. Also when I had new exhaust put on a couple summers ago I noticed one of my shackles was broken while it was up on the lift - without asking me the guy replaced it and tried to charge me for it - I'm glad I didn't pay him for it - what he used wasn't even a rectangular piece of steel and it wasn't drilled straight. But at any rate the front spring pins were small enough diameter that they egged out the bushings as you see - and that's the other thing, when he "replaced" the shackle plate we would have had to see that they were toast but he failed to mention that to me

Anyway needless to say my truck rides a lot better and I'm sure happy with the 3/8" plate and the 5/8" bolts (tacked to the side plates to prevent them from rotating) holding it all together. Thanks again to John Henley for schooling me in the ways of metal working and helping me get this project done!
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:09 PM
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Must feel good to have that junk off of there.. nice work, Matt.
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WOW!

Glad you caught it, before it caught you!
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Oh yeah and the front spring pins scared me, as the bushings are about 5/8" diameter ID, and the pins were like 7/16" OD (part of the reason they wallered out so bad I suppose)
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Hmmm..... tacking the bolts in place... hadn't heard of that. Can you describe the benefit?
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Cool. What's the "new" look like?
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:37 AM
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Hmmm..... tacking the bolts in place... hadn't heard of that. Can you describe the benefit?
See the bolts and side plates, how they are worn down? Tacking the bolts to the side plates prevents them from rotating against each other and forces the bolts to rotate inside the bushings, as they are designed to do. The OEM configuration is a splined shoulder bolt with matching splines in the side plates, I'm pretty sure this is the next best thing There is a greater amount of surface area between the bolt and the bushing than there is between the bolt and the side plate, so the pressure is greatly reduced. And with no more metal-to-metal contact, there is no more rattling coming from my front end when I hit bumps

And Chris those bushings worked great, do you have any more you would like to get rid of, or may I ask where you got them so I can get some more? I'll try to get pictures soon - I would like to get the "new" rear springs on first, but am having trouble getting the u-bolts to break free. Where do I get new u-bolts BTW? I suppose Toyota still has them, but are there others?
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Just cut the ubolts off with a grinding wheel. I bought a set of new ones from CCOT awhile back. I have some extra bushings too if you need them. Let me know and I can bring them to the meeting.
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When we replaced the bushings I was looking for u-bolts just in case. They have various sizes at the major parts stores, but only one of them had the right size and then they only had one pair. I expect that if you called and ordered they would have not trouble getting them in. I looked up the size on MUD. I since have picked up a couple of used u-bolts. I can bring them to the meeting Wednesday, you are welcome to them.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:30 AM
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What about nuts? Hey Martin and Ricardo, I will take you up on that. Thanks.
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