View Full Version : Pocket Spring install detail??
04-20-2007, 10:18 AM
The picture shows the problem or is it really a problem? Because the two-piece frame overlaps at the weld then one side is higher that the other. I could just weld the new shackle bracket but it would not be perfectly perpendicular to the frame. The fix would appear to be shave off a portion of the bracket which welds to the frame so it would set level on the frame. Is this detail important or am I too analytical?
Level but not on the frame
04-20-2007, 10:27 AM
I did this mod awhile back. I don't feel it will affect anything. The bushings should take up any unlevelness (hey a new word).
I'd say to trim it down to keep it straight across. Otherwise it will put uneven forces on the rubber bushing and may cause premature wear. I noticed the same thing, and was going to shorten one side the thickness of the frame material, but then I decided to remake the supports to add some material back in and box it in for a stronger structure. You can see the one was cut shorter than the other so it would be straight across. Then while changing stuff, I moved everything up some more to allow more drop in the rear.
This is on a wagon, so check your clearances before trying at home ;)
04-20-2007, 10:48 AM
While I didn't go to the extreme that Robert did, I did cut the plate that went on the high side of the frame to level the bracket.
The bushings I have are quite hard and would definitely not take that kind of misalignment.
04-20-2007, 10:59 AM
Robert, I saw your Pics from a couple of weeks ago and that is what got me started, even though I was in the middle of another phase, I couldn't wait to get started on the pocket kit.
Your top picture is at an angle so it is hard to tell if the brackets were the same height or not.
Also your top brackets are much longer than the kit I got from Ralph Roberts.
Why was that important?
Looking at the bottom picture, it was made to fit the room that was available without altering the rear floor support. With the large notch that is cut out of the bottom of the frame, I was just trying to add as much as I could back into the top to add some strength back to the notched area. When making the side pieces, I aligned the holes up and then trimmed the bottom of the one piece the thickness of the frame metal.
04-20-2007, 11:24 AM
IMHO a suspension is suppose to twist and absorb shock. If it was an extreme change in degrees from level then I would adjust accordingly. If you feel it will affect your leaf spring location relative to your rear end then I would suggest grinding off the high side....but what do I know...
04-20-2007, 12:20 PM
The unleveled angle of the bracket could affect my spring location on my perch. Since it is an easy fix now, I think it is worth the effort to shave the bracket. Itís good to know I am not too analytical.
04-20-2007, 12:33 PM
I agree that the brackets should be level....I'd shave them.......but I KNOW I'm too analytical.:eek: :rolleyes:
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