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Unread 12-07-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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Barnes 4WD All things Leaf Sprung!

I know, I know, I know…. Everybody wants a linked rig, but the truth of the matter is a good leaf spring setup will outperform a linked rig with poor suspension geometry ever time. Leaf springs are simple, strong, somewhat tunable and just plain work. Another great thing is that there are so many OME leaf springs to choose from you have the 63” super flex Chevy springs to the Dodge Dakota Springs that give you killer departure angles and so many more that have great characteristics. And did I mention that you can set up a great leaf spring suspension for about half the cost of a 4 Link.
So here is a breakdown of some of the most durable leaf spring components that the industry has to offer.

First let’s talk about U-Bolts. The biggest misconception with U-bolts is that they are all the same; this could not be farther from the truth. We feel that U-Bolts are the most important component of a leaf spring suspension and this is why we are so meticulous about the specifications of our U-bolts. Our U-bolts are made from a cold drawn 1541 alloy that is stress relieved. This produces an alloy that is has grade 8 strength but not grade 8 hardness. The threads on our U-bolts are 5/8”-18 fine threads and are manufactured with a smooth rolled thread. The mating Hi-Nuts are hardened as well as the thick washers and are manufactured with sharp cut threads. When a U-Bolt is tightened the U-Bolt threads stretch as they mate with the Hi-Nuts. This insures proper tightness of the fastener is maintained. This stretching is not visible but a U-bolt should never be reused because removing the tall nut will cross thread the U-Bolt. Our U-bolts bolts have a torque spec of 150 foot pounds and should never be tightened with an impact gun. Our U-bolts are $12.50 a piece and can be purchased here
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Next you have the spring perches. Spring perches need to be ridged and made to fit your application. Like all of our products they are made with US steel and are Laser cut and then bent on a CNC press brake. The leaf spring perches are made from Ό” steel and are 7 Ύ” long to help with axle wrap and have three holes for the center pin of your leaf springs. I know that these are a little long for a spring under application and most customers just cut about a 1” from each end. We currently offer these in eleven different sizes so you can find a leaf spring perch that will have the right axle diameter and the correct width for your leaf spring and we are adding more all the time. Our Spring perches are sold in pairs for $28.99 and can be found here
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Great leaf spring Perches have to have something strong to work with so when we designed our U-bolt plates we made sure that it had the BEEF. Our U-bolt plates are laser cut from 3/8” and then bent on each end to give you a supper rigid U-bolt plate. These U-bolt Plates have three leaf spring center pin locations to match our Leaf Spring Perches and come in a verity of sizes to match your axle diameter and spring width and have slots to accept our 5/8” U bolts. We even have ½” thick U-bolt plates for Dana 60 King Pin applications. Our U-Bolt plates are sold in pairs and are $39.50 for most applications and $42.50 for King Pin 60’s and can be found here
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Unread 12-07-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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Barnes 4WD All things Leaf Sprung!

We also have you covered at the ends of your leaf spring with a great selection of leaf spring hangers and shackle hangers. Our hangers are laser cut from Ό” US Steel and are then formed on a CNC Press Brake. We offer our hangers in three different sizes to accommodate 2.5” 2.75” and 3” wide leaf springs. Barnes 4wd shackle hanger come in two different configurations with a center mount and a flush mount. The center mount is great for uniformly distributing the load to the frame and our Flush Mount Hanger optimizes approach and departure angles when the shackle is at the end of the frame. Our shackle hangers have a 2” DOM sleeve with a Ό” wall thickness. You will also get poly bushing and a heavy wall inner sleeve. Leaf spring hangers sell for $29 a pair and the Shackle hangers sell for $42 a pair and can be found here.
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To get everything working together we have a great verity of shackles. All of our single shackles are made form 3/8” plate that is laser cut. We offer them in 4”, 5” and 6” lengths (all measurements are measured from center of the bolt hole to center of the bolt hole). We also offer all three lengths in two different offsets of 1/8” and Ό”. This works great if you are changing leaf spring width but do not need to change your spring and shackle hangers. One thing to keep in mind is the amount of lift that you will get when going with a longer shackle. If you have a factory 4” shackle and you upgrade to one of our 6” shackles you will get 1” of lift not 2”. Since the shackle is only lifting one side of the leaf spring from the frame and the axle is in the center then the increase in height will be cut in half. Our shackles range from $8 to $9.50 a piece and can be found here.
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Unread 12-07-2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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Looking to change out the axles in your rig and need all the parts to get your going. We have you cover no matter if you are putting Ford King Pin 60, a Gm 14 Bolt, a Dana 44 and we offer many more Axle Swap Combos. Our axle swap combo's are the best of the best, with these combo's you will be saving a 10% discount off our all ready low prices. When it comes to changing axles in a leaf sprung rig you want to get it right the first time, and forget about it. Like all of our products, they are made in the USA from USA steel. These combos include all the parts that you will need for your weekend axle swap.
• Four 10" x 5/8" U-Bolts With Tall Nuts and HD Washers
• Two Spring perches
• Two U-Bolt Plates
• Two Bent Axle Shock Mounts
Some kits do vary to fit you specific application. If you would like to exchange a item for one of a different size just let us know. Our Axle Swap Compos sell for 120.99 and can be found here.
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With tall tires and lockers a traction bar is just what the doctor orderd. This kit will eliminate axle wrap and save your u-joints and leaf springs

Kit includes

One Pair of Three Link / Radius Arm Mount
Three DOM Sleeves and Poly Bushings
Two 4" long Ό" offset HD shackles
One Tube Insert (7/8-14) 1 1/2" ID
One 7/8-14 Jam nut
High Misalignment Spacer - 3/4" to 5/8" Stainless Steel (pair)
One Chromoly 7/8"- 14 X 3/4" Heim
One Pair of Full Circle Bushing Mount

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Unread 12-08-2009, 06:45 AM   #4
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I want to do a U-bolt flip on my 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with the 9.25 rear axle. Do you have a set-up for that? (I know this is a Jeep Forum, but Dodge is sold by Chrysler which sells Jeeps, and they put the 5.2 V8 in the trucks and Jeeps, so they're kinda related). Proper size U-bolts & plates for 2.5" wide springs (I don't know off-hand the diameter of the rear axle).
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Unread 12-08-2009, 07:55 AM   #5
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We can make custom kits too!

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I can make you a kit that will fit your application. PM me your phone number and we can work out the details.
Thanks for your interest
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Thanks for all the Christmas Orders!
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We have the parts on the shelf ready to ship same day
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I purchased this kit and found it to be way past my expectations, made from quality materials and without a doubt, quality manufacturing! Thanks Brad!

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Gald that you like your parts
Know lets see some pics of them installed!
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Thanks for all the calls and orders!
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We think this stuff makes great Valentine’s Day gifts.
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