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Old 05-07-2008, 07:50 AM
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Howdy, I know the 4+ stuff is great from Man-a-fre, but does anyone else make a kit to flip the front u bolts? I may fab up a set for the rear, but with the one ubolt jumping the diff housing I am going to buy a set for the front.

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Beware the simple ones everyone else sells. They work for a mini but Cruisers need the extra locating plate! Given your fab skills I'm surprised you are considering buying them! The top plate is super easy and the locating plate just will take some effort but not that big of a deal. The bottom plate could easily be made with some 1/4" strap and some stitches. The ones i sold Sharkbait are the 4+ ones....very good design! Check them out and reverse engineer them. Don't even feel bad about it either as they had no problem screwing us around on the Raffle truck front bumper!
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Well for that matter Drew, for someone with your fab skills, why even run U-bolts? I bet you could whip up a mean coil & 4-link....
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Man, I think you guys are over estimating my skills... I have always subscribed to the don't mess around with brakes and steering school. Might be simple enough just to buy them and get moving then spending a weekend on ubolt plates.

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Man, I think you guys are over estimating my skills... I have always subscribed to the don't mess around with brakes and steering school. Might be simple enough just to buy them and get moving then spending a weekend on ubolt plates.

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What are you worried about? The U-bolts hold everything together....don't mess with them and the rest should hold! Build your own and the money you'll save can buy 1/2 of your plasma cutter!
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Did anyone see the BJ70's U-bolt on Metal Masher?
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Do like the typical PO would - just weld the axle to the springs! Problem solved!
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I will probably do the same mod soon. I trashed my u bolts at moab. the drug on a few rocks and i guess i could have prevented it, but oh well.

the 4+ ones look nice.... i think i may just go that route..
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You guys are welcome to check out my flipped u-bolts. LMK.
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:07 PM
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The flip kit I fab'd was one of the easier things I've done on my rig. You can see pics of the work in this thread http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/s...?t=6861&page=2

I say build it yourself. I got square u-bolts made at Denver Spring, cut out the top plates and welded on some spring perches from 4wp to them. Then cut out the bottom plates. The bottom plates did require a groove cut into them on a mill to hold the u-bolts in place. Cutting the grooves is the only tough part that I couldn't do, but luckily I had access to a machine shop at the time. All steel was 1/4" (maybe 3/8" for bottom plates). The offset front passenger was achieved by cutting the perch in half for one side and fabbing the other side out of a peice of angle.
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