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Ok. I have a delimma. When lifting my tuck the spindles and the shackles did not provide the same amount of lift and now its lower in the back. I've decided to block the rear 2" to level it out some.... I can find aluminum blocks easier than anything but was wondering about the actual quality of the blocks. Any advice?
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They won't rust.
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Will these new blocks be added to the OEM Blocks or just 2” blocks ?

If just 2”s then what about OEM part, made from Cast Steel, usually little rusting and will not wear under most conditions and most JYs throw them out but they should be easily found in a JY.

If added to OEM, don’t do it !

Find another way, 2 - 2” blocks will add a lot of stress to the U-Blots and Springs, maybe even cracking springs and will be a b!tch to keep tight.

Also, I found that aluminum does not stand up very well.
The edges started to wear and crack and maybe it was just my U-Bolts (which I tightened all the time) but everything seemed loose every time I chkd it out; was not happy with the aluminum blocks… and I only used one of them.

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There are no blocks allready there. The 2" blocks would be the only blocks on there. And I found the factory made at a wrecking yard soooo yay! So i also grabbed a pair of 1.5" with all new u-bolts n stuff. Would that be less stressful?
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all steel, too
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To me, too much, that is why I went to no blocks.

The problem that arises is when they are left in place...

Find a spring that works with just one block, better in the long run.

Traction Bars, especially the top mounted kind put stress on the U-Bolt and Nut.
Traction Bars do help but in some instances adds stress to the wrong place.

I am not trying to say don't do the extra block just do as little as possible.

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There's no blocks there.
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There are no blocks allready there. The 2" blocks would be the only blocks on there. And I found the factory made at a wrecking yard soooo yay! So i also grabbed a pair of 1.5" with all new u-bolts n stuff. Would that be less stressful?
Either would work fine.
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