Then I pulled out the new shackles and hit a snag. These are bare metal. I just got the rust cleaned off this thing, no way I am I putting this together without painting them first. So I de-greased the metal and painted everything. But it is cold out tonight and the paint is taking forever to dry so the springs are pretty much a non-starter tonight.
So I turned my attention to my new U bolts. These never seem to fit right out of the box. These were too narrow so I hooked them over the jaws of my vice and spread them out until they fit.
Length is the next issue. The top shows how much u-bolt was sticking out of the nuts before. Too much in my opinion. I decided to cut an inch off each bolt and made those yellow marks to cut on.
On the front I used a die grinder with cut-off wheels but that was too slow. This time I bought a 4″ cut-off wheel for my angle grinder. It made quick work of the cuts. Then I dressed the bolts with a file and tested with a nut. These are ready to go but I can’t do anything else until the paint dries.