Elongate the hole to get it to line up. then use some big washers on the outside of both sides of the boxes. When you get it all lined up tac the washers in place. Remove the springs and weld the washers fully.
That was the plan if I hear a general concensous that running them at an angle is ok.70 Dustpan said:Elongate the hole to get it to line up. then use some big washers on the outside of both sides of the boxes. When you get it all lined up tac the washers in place. Remove the springs and weld the washers fully.
That is not enough, I have a set... :Evan said:Thats what I would do to. Another thought - MP sells offset shackles. They are offset .8". I dont know how far yours is off.
I really don't think it will end up being that much. I cannot give you an exact measurement right now. A little movement at the front eye, will be a big change at the rear shackle.70 Dustpan said:Theres lots of cars from the factory that aren't perallel. How much are we talking about here?
I understand what you are saying. Once I relocate to the correct position, I am going to weld in the void to the back of the washer, then grind it smooth.fourspeed said:Angled is ok. Making them parallel is too much work for too little benefit. Also, the angle is so small I doubt it would affect handling or ride at all.
One thought though. I'm not familiar with the front mount of Caltracs, so I'm thinking of a super stock spring eye here... When you crank the nut tight, the spring eye bushing gets clamped between the sides of the relo box. If you hogged out the hole and welded a washer to the outside, the spring eye would not get clamped in place (without some "adjustment"). In the case of leaf springs, I would not want the spring eye bushing floating on the bolt, but clamped tight in the relo box.