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post #1 of 3 Old 08-03-2021, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question about leaf spring perches

I currently have a SOA setup on my 77 CJ5 and would like to switch back to a spring under setup and install an OME 2.5" lift. Unfortunately I don't know how to weld so I'll need to get it to a shop but getting it there is my issue. Is it safe to just bolt the spring perches in place, get everything set the way you want it and drive a few miles to get the perches welded? Hoping to avoid paying labor for someone else to get the pinion angle adjusted and the axle centered above the springs.

Hopefully this isn't a stupid question.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-04-2021, 07:45 AM
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I would test it before committing to the welder. Bolt it all up. Use a marker to note the perch/axle position, so you can see if there was any movement. Mark all 4 perches. Use the smallest tires you can find. Drive around the neighborhood being really (really!) easy on both the gas and brakes. Then go home and see if if the marks all still line up.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-04-2021, 10:47 PM
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I wouldn't drive it. Have a towing service truck it to the welder for you. Besides preserving alignment, safety is a big issue
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