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Unread 06-23-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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U-Bolt Flip for 20$!!

Here it is, u bolt flip for under 20$. I've thought about doing this little conversion for awhile and finally bit the bullet.

NOTE: THIS WILL WORK WITH 8.8 OR ANY OTHER 3"AXLE TUBE.


What you'll need:

-Spring plates from most any Chevy truck/van.
- .... That's it....



These are what they will look like



You could also use the u bolts like I did if you want to save money. I know it's not recommended but the ones that were with the plates were if good condition.

All that needs to be done is remove the stock u bolts and plates then install the new ones. A 2 hour job tops.

Before



After



I gained about 1" of clearance and eliminated those pesky nuts that always get caught on crap.

Here are a few more pics





FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

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Unread 06-23-2014, 11:07 PM   #2
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I'm gonna add this to the list thanks!
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Unread 06-23-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
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Cool tip! I like these better-than-stock improvements for those of me that aren't as hard core as others.
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I like it good job
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Unread 06-23-2014, 11:28 PM   #5
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Thanks guys
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Good job.

I always thought about doing a u-bolt flip that way but never pulled the trigger. I ended up making a cradle for the spring out of steel plate.
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Thanks for the awesome flip idea!!! I will be doing this now as I am in the process of finding me the right 8.8 now. I do have two questions. You said most Chevy vans and trucks. What exactly did you get yours off of? Do I just need to hunt one down that has a 3 inch u-bolt I guess? Along with the necessary hardware of course? Thanks for any input.
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Nice job Ash!

so you literally have Chevy parts holding Ford parts on your Jeep.

edit: there's a joke there I just cant think of it
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Unread 06-24-2014, 08:06 AM   #9
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The pin on the spring engages the lower plate to help locate the axle. By doing his you have effectively cut the locating power in half.

In addition the plate provides a clamping force that is spread out over the length and width of the plate itself. Now all the clamping force has been transferred to two small contact patches where the U bolt touches the spring itself.

Not something I would do but if you know more then the engineers at the big 3 then go for it.
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He has a plate under each spring that sandwiches between the u-bolts and spring, they are shown in the first picture as well as a good shot of them installed in the last shot. I don't think I would hesitate to give this method a go, apparently it works well enough for GM......
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My bad did not notice the lower plate.
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And I just installed new Ruffstuff U bolts... Good Job Ashland.


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Nice job Ash!

so you literally have Chevy parts holding Ford parts on your Jeep.

edit: there's a joke there I just cant think of it
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Thanks for the awesome flip idea!!! I will be doing this now as I am in the process of finding me the right 8.8 now. I do have two questions. You said most Chevy vans and trucks. What exactly did you get yours off of? Do I just need to hunt one down that has a 3 inch u-bolt I guess? Along with the necessary hardware of course? Thanks for any input.
I think I got mine off of a suburban, 1/2 ton I believe. As long as the axle tube is between 3-3.25" it will work.
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Nice job Ash!

so you literally have Chevy parts holding Ford parts on your Jeep.

edit: there's a joke there I just cant think of it
Haha isn't that how us jeepers do it? Lol
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And I just installed new Ruffstuff U bolts... Good Job Ashland.

Sorry I wasn't quick enough lol
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