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Rear axle question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jamesperkins416, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. I need to move my rear axle back half a inch, should I drill a new hole in the leaf or drill the spring plate and axle pad.
  2. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,300


    Axle Pad. Not the spring.
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,820


    and you might need to weld up the old hole first. half an inch isn't much.
  4. Thanks for the feed back.

  5. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Or, you could make up a spacer with two offset holes. A 3/8 or 1/2 inch lowering block.
  6. welded up holes and drilled new ones, thanks
  7. Great question.
    So how much over can I drill the new hole in the axle pad(safely),1 inch?
  8. You can really go to probably about 2 inches, or at the edge of the spring pad and be OK. The hole is to locate the rear, and the U-bolts are what clamp it down. It *should* be centered, but many people alter it and it works fine. Especially the 49-54 Chevy guys when they put an open drive rear in.
  9. dontlifttoshift
    Joined: Sep 17, 2005
    Posts: 652


    1/2" likely wasn't an issue but any more and you should redrill the hole in the u-bolt plate also. Then your u bolts aren't running on an angle.
  10. The falcon spring pads arent flat, so I had to make plate to offset the hole. Hope it works.

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