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Explorer Axle u-bolts.

Would like to order some u-bolts for my axle swap, who these fit:

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

I thought 3.250 in. is what I need because my current axle is 3''.
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3.25 is what you need.

Your current axle if it is a 28 spline which it should be is 2.75 I think.

As far as if it will work you need to measure what you have now then add an inch to that.

Dont forget you need the top spring plates too. I have some ford part numbers for them around here somewhere.
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Ok, I'll just find some u-bolts from the local Advance or Napa because those at Summit are on backorder.

I forgot about the plate, will I only be able to get it from a Ford dealer?

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That is the only place I have seen them before. I know they are for an F150 older model.

Like 10$ a piece

I can get some Ubolts made around here for 25 bucks they are 9/16s

See if there is a spring shop around your area that is the best place to find them.

If not I can have some made and ship them to you.
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$10 a piece for spring plates from ford isn't a bad price. I got mine from a junkyard for $5 for the pair.
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here i found this in another thread

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Originally Posted by tmsoko
Agree with the radiused edges. ALWAYS do this. Just round off the cut end with a grinder. Very simple.

As for the parts, I think I found the receipt and it came back to me how cheap the plates were.

U-Bolts for larger tube: W704611-S436 List $19.11
Plates 1L5Z-5798-BA List $4.72 (really)

I remember it being around $60 total (OK, it was ~$70 with my employee discount), and I also remember how remarkably cheap the plates were.

Good luck!
btw You can probably use stock LVL2 Ubolts if you wanted. the price is different now but that is the part number that i used.
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Thanks again Zach, those are Ford part numbers correct?
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I know the plates ones are that is what i ordered as for the Ubolts better double check that one.
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I found a local spring shop that will make them for $4 each w/ nuts and washers. But they will only make 10.5'' or 11.5'' long. Should I just get the 10.5 or do the 11.5 to be safe. I dont see a reason why the 10.5 wont be long enough.

And just to double check, I will have them make:

10.5''x3.25''x9/16'' ?
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Sounds right to me. Liek I said though you really should measure the length before you get them made.

for instance.

axle 3.25
ranger spring perch .5
ranger fx4 stock block 2.75
ranger springs 2.5
spring plate .25


3.25+.5+2.75+2.5+.25 = 9.75" plus you will need an inch for the nut, as they are usually tall nuts. 10.5 is pushing it.

*those were rough guesses as I dont know your setup and if you have an AAL or not.
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Yeah, I'll just wait unit I get the perch(s) I ordered from Summit. I guy at the shop said he could have the u-bolts made in 5 min. With the 4th, I dont think all my parts will be here by the weekend anyways.
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Alright just giving you a heads up because I did this a few weeks ago neglected to measure just guessed now I have an extra set of short Ubolts
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Alright just giving you a heads up because I did this a few weeks ago neglected to measure just guessed now I have an extra set of short Ubolts
LoL, I'll learn from others mistakes.
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I have a stock spring pack, a stock 4x4 xlt block, and the summit mopar perches. With my 10.5 inch bolts I have well over an inch left on top of the bolt I think it is more like and inch and a half.

But it is always best to measure your situation than use one of ours and get it wrong.
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