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    Default Hotchkis leaf spring plates

    What are they exactly? Just plates of steel? I need a set of them, or should I just get 1" blocks? Or a 1" angled block? I want the driveshaft to be the correct angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddrango View Post
    What are they exactly? Just plates of steel? I need a set of them, or should I just get 1" blocks? Or a 1" angled block? I want the driveshaft to be the correct angle.
    Their basically just 4 pieces of leaves (about 1/2 the thickness of the hotchkis ones) cut down to make a block. They are about an inch maybe a little more, I dont know about the angle issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddrango View Post
    What are they exactly? Just plates of steel? I need a set of them, or should I just get 1" blocks? Or a 1" angled block? I want the driveshaft to be the correct angle.
    i might have a couple of them. how many do you need??
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01dakotaR/T View Post
    i might have a couple of them. how many do you need??
    I assume 8, 4 for each side?

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    Well I got a set of Energy suspension 5.2113R for my hotchkis leafs...just would like to know if OEM bushing are the same as The Hotchkis leaf spring bushings, b.c when I measure the energy suspension ones they are 1 3/8" and the ones in the Hotchkis are 1 1/4" installed....so maybe they compress tight when they're put in? Need to know...$50 of bushings laying around

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    You're probably better off using a 1" or 2" steel block rather than trying to track down 8 of the spacers. They pretty much do the same thing. I'm unaware of any other 'purpose' for the Hotchkis plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1AmberR/T View Post
    You're probably better off using a 1" or 2" steel block rather than trying to track down 8 of the spacers. They pretty much do the same thing. I'm unaware of any other 'purpose' for the Hotchkis plates.
    The only other purpose was you could adjust the height by 1/4" at a time to get the back end right where you wanted it....I found that 5 plates made it look best with my coils cut a tad in the front.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddrango View Post
    Well I got a set of Energy suspension 5.2113R for my hotchkis leafs...just would like to know if OEM bushing are the same as The Hotchkis leaf spring bushings, b.c when I measure the energy suspension ones they are 1 3/8" and the ones in the Hotchkis are 1 1/4" installed....so maybe they compress tight when they're put in? Need to know...$50 of bushings laying around


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    Spoke to Hotchkis on the phone...they gave me an industrial standard part number, RB-117. This is a 1.5" dia. bushing just like the OEM Dakota bushing, but part number lists for pre-90' GM trucks/vans... For some reason the bushing in the Hotchkis leafs now measure 1.25", do they really compress 1/4" when installed? If so then these Energy Suspension 5.2113R Dakota bushings will work...

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