Need help with axel wrap!!!
Posted 17 April 2017 - 07:16 AM
Common problem when you have more torque /axle twisting than the leaf springs can handle. If you have lowering blocks they increase the torque leverage the rear axle has on the springs or removed leafs lessons the twisting the springs can handle. Many have added a link to handle the twisting so the springs mostly just support the load.
Some designs mount above the axle and some below. There are factory designs that use just one mounted close to the center of the axle also
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:19 AM
I'm willing to bet what you're feeling has more to do with a driveline angle issue. Have you added a spacer at the carrier bearing to straighten driveline angles? It may be sitting lower than the pinion, but should be mid-way between the transmission output shaft height and the pinion flange height. Have you corrected the pinion angle after the drop? Did your new U-bolts come loose? I'd suggest double nutting or using nylock nuts.
Is it really axle wrap or a vibration when accelerating? If its just a vibration, you need to drop the pinion nose, likely with tapered shims at the leafs.
Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:46 AM
I snapped 2 leaf springs due to axle 'wrap', or as I called it, wind up.
If I had found some good leaf springs, it would have gotten bottom mount traction bars, or 'slapper bars' Waffle calls them.
But couldn't, so it got a 4-link set-up. Did a thread last week about it.
Beebani makes a 3-link + Watts set-up (5-link?) in kit form.
DaBlist, the set up in your second picture won't fit the 620, no room above the axle.
If I had found a pair of main leafs locally, I was going to use the stock bottom plates that the shocks mount to, and just weld some square tune to them to make the traction bars. The end runner bump stops are easy to find.
"All of a sudden it started making noise, then started losing power. I limped the car home and tried to get it up the driveway, the engine just died."
Why do people do this?
A $100 tow bill is never as much as the extra damage you cause by trying to "limp the car home".
Don't be that person !