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Old February 18th, 2018, 07:58
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Re: New leaf springs

Ecomike,

I have been there and done that.

Where did you cut the hole to get the nut out? In my case, I did not cut under the unibody like most do. I cut the floor above the nut. My XJ was relatively rust free where the nut fit so it was easy to mig weld. Having the nut with the nipple made it easy to locate it in the original position. It was an easy fix for me,...thread the bolt in, tighten it using a wrench on the nut and a socket on the bolt head then weld it in place.

If inside the chassis is rusted, you may need to add a reinforcement plate inside not outside and weld the/a nut to it. With the two locating holes through which the bolt passes should locate the springs reasonably accurate so as not to negatively affect proper alignment and handling. I think the three rubber bushings that locate the springs together could account for say up to 0.250" of misalignment or more, verses the 0.125" off the nut will be. I would call it perfect.

If that capture nut have broken free inside the chassis, there may be no other option than to weld it back in place.
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Old February 18th, 2018, 20:25
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Re: New leaf springs

We cut the hole into the bottom of the hanger plate itself, directly under the nut, not into the frame. That was easy.

I need to clean up the mess left behind and see what I have. Get it clean, smooth, clean and flat with a Dremel tool.

The threads on the nut were mauled getting the bolt out. It is not reusable. I doubt I can find the OEM nut new with the nipple ????

I tried to find some nuts locally today and failed to score any. Going to order 2 online.

I do not plan to weld the new nut. The rear nuts are not welded from the factory, so I see no need to weld the front one. I do need to make sure it has a solid meaty
flat surface with enough surface and meat under it to hold up.
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Re: New leaf springs



These look pretty FLAT to me.
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Nah, they are just up side down, LOL
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I'll take that as an affirmative LOL
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