I want to set the ride height on the new project. It's a bit high and the
half shafts are not parallel with the ground.
Some say the half shafts should be parallel with the ground so as not to
over strain the U-joints.
How much is too much?
Ok....so if and when I set the height, is it recommended that I loosen the
monoshock plate at the differential so as not to strain the ears on the
differential before I wrench on the monoshock bolt at the end of the
If so.....how much loosing on the mount bolts is enough.
These are measurements from a chrome bumper car and would not apply to a rubber
bumper model. Front bumper height is 20 inches, rear bumpers are 19 inches with
a 27 inch tire diameter. Half shafts are elevated towards the differential less
than 5 degrees and I guess they would never run truly parallel to the driving
surface. My understanding is that they should work some to be a reliable flex
Can't help you on the monoshock plate, mine has standard shocks.
As an after thought I measured the wheel well and the front is 27.5 inches and
the rear is 28 inches.
Thanks Dad......I'm concerned enough regarding the ears on the Diff. that
I'm just going to loosen those friggin bolts.....concerned about stripping
these as one was just a bit tempermental when I did the install. Oh
well.....beats breaking an ear. Thanks for the ride height level. The
manual showed these figures.....I am more concerned at this point regarding
the plate bolts.
Wrench....wrench...and if I have to I'll just epoxy it if it strips...not
much meat left to rethread if the strip happens.
DO NOT tighten the differential spring mount bolts without weight on the
This plate does not need to be loosened when adjusting the spring bolts on
the ends at the trailing arm.
The mistake many make when installing a spring is to tighten the spring
mount bolts on the differential while the car is in the air and no weight on
the wheels. This will put a strain on the differential cover ears.
As to parallel half shafts, it looks intuitive that they should be but it
really doesn't matter.Remember that when you are adjusting the ride height
for that, it will change as soon as you drop your 150 - 200 lbs in the
driver's seat. Add a passenger and more changes.
This is why they adjust to a slight rise to the diff so that when the
passengers are in, the half shafts are more or less level.
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