Rear axle u-bolt?

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  1. Russ

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    Ordering my new springs tomarrow. I measured the u-bolts. Here's what I came up with. 2 3/4" inside (dia of axel tube) 5 3/4" long(from end of threads to inside of the U. 7/16" dia. fine thread. I have about 5/8" thread sticking out of the bottom of the nuts on the u-bolts. That should still be long enough to add a leaf right? I have 3 leaves now, going to order the 4 leaves. Do all of these numbers sound right? Thanks. Russ
     
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    I just ordered U-Bolts from Espo springs along with my leaf springs. What they sent worked just fine for the 4-leafs.
     
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    Well I had my wife TRY to order them for me today, and they told her that they only had specs. up to 73(mine's a 74) for the U-bolts I can't see where there would be any differance from 71 to 77 but I went out and measured just to be sure. I guess I should have called my self. Craig, how long did it take you to recieve you order after you placed it? Thanks Russ
     
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    Ordered my U-bolts from ESPO as well. They already know which ones you need. Just tell them it's for a Maverick. They are the exact same size as the originals. There's no difference from '71-'77...
     
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    Seemed to arrive pretty quick.
     
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    I just replaced my 7.5 4 lug with at 8" 5 lug out of a 74 maverick. Same size U-bolts and everything. I wanted new ones in a hurry tho so I went to all parts stores. after getting told they don't have them i found a older guy and he looked them up and found 2 that they had in stock.
     
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    russ,
    we have a place in town that makes u-bolts...they take a straight rod that is threaded on both ends and bend it to what ever size you want...i was checking out my options when i did my 4 leaf swap... found out the stock bolts would work...frank...:bouncy:
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I had my wife call them today with the measurements I gave her. They said I could get everything in 7 to 10 days :)
     
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    That's cool that you found what you need, but you really shouldn't have to provide measurments...
     
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    When I got my u-bolts from Espo they were slightly smaller in diameter than the originals. I even told them on the phone exactly what I needed. Anyone else have that problem?
     
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    Well the UPS man dropped my springs off at 4pm today and by 8 pm I had them in the car.:jack: I still need to finish tightening a few of the bolts but they are where they need to be. So what is the torque specs. for the U-bolts and the front spring eye bolt? Hopefully by noon tomarrow it will be back on four wheels. :woohoo1: Then Sunday it going to snow. FIGURES:banghead:
     
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    Russ

    Please give us a full report as to:

    Where you got the springs
    How many leafs
    How it sits once installed, stance, rake, etc.

    Pictures too please!!

    I am needing new springs on the 74, .....and I need to know what others have used. Sure...I have new springs on the 72....but it is hard to tell anything since the car is still stripped.
     
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    I bought 4 leafs from ESPO. I placed the order on Tuesday, and they were on my deck Friday afternoon.:clap: I started Friday around 5 pm and they were installed finger tight at 8 pm. I finished tightening everything this morning. Took it for a ride and it made a big improvement over the worn out 3 leafs(I used 4 leafs). I am disapointed in the ride height though.:cry: It may have raised the rear of the car 1". I was hopeing to get at least 2" of lift going with the 4 leafs.:huh: I didn't take any floor to wheel well measurements before I started, but I put a 2' level on the body trim on the door before I started, and I had to raise tail the end of it 1/2" to get the level to read level. After installing the springs, I still need to raise the back of the level 1/4" to make it read level. So it still sits alittle nose high. :mad: Over all I'm happy with the service from ESPO, but I guess I sould have asked to have the springs bent with a little more lift. O'well c'est la vie Russ
     

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