Radius arm bracket hole size

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Radius arm bracket hole size

Post by silver dollar » Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:25 pm

Can someone measure the diameter of the hole in the radius arm bracket?
I am getting ready to take off a 5 1/2" lift and get closer to stock height. I
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Post by DirtDonk » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:37 pm

Hey Ralph. Sorry I don't have one easy to hand right now, but if you don't get your answer I'd be happy to check when I get back to work. But that won't be till Friday this week unfortunately, so not the quickest of answers for you.

Are you looking for the main large hole that the radius arm tip itself extends rearward through?
Are you certain that yours have been extended? is it possible that the original ones are still there hidden underneath? I'm guessing not, since they are not usually covered up so much you can't easily see them, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

Good luck.

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Post by silver dollar » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:09 am

Thanks for responding. Friday or later will be good as I won't be ready to tackle that problem yet. The original brackets are still there with drop brackets welded to them. I am wanting to cut most of the drop bracket away. I will need to drill or ream out the original hole since the PO welded through the hole to the back support of the drop bracket. Yes the hole that the radius arm goes through.
Many more questions to come.
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Post by DirtDonk » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:28 am

Gotcha. Will pull some to make sure, but is there a reason you can't just measure the hole size on your drop brackets and use that as a reference? It should be the same size as the original, since they're meant to perform the same duties.

Just checkin'

Paul
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Post by silver dollar » Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:53 am

That would be great. The radius arms are still in the drop brackets and the I can't get a good measurement on the stock ones.
It looks like the stock holes are 1 7/16" the new bushings are 1 3/8". This sounds like too much clearance to me. I just want to be sure before I tear everything apart.
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Post by DirtDonk » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:32 am

Yep, always good to verify. You know... "Trust, but verify" is a phrase to live by.

It's very likely that this type of bushing installation has the bushings expand into the hole as the nut is tightened, but it's been so long I don't really remember the details.

Letcha know what I find out.

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Post by DirtDonk » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:21 am

Just what you expected. I measure the holes at just 1 3/8" diameter and about 1" deep from the front of the bracket to the back.

So your bushings should fit pretty good in there. Hopefully you don't have to do too much work to get them to that size.
If so, then new ones might be in order. The old ones might have been rust-pitted to the point that the hole is larger, or the original factory holes were just larger than the aftermarket replacements?

Seems unlikely that we patterned ours after the bushing rather than the actual bracket, but I don't know what the answer to that is.

Hope that helps

Paul
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Post by silver dollar » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:13 pm

Thanks Paul
I will check the old ones out when I get ready to change to the stock brackets.
I may have to cut all brackets off and weld in new ones. It's good to know the correct size before I get everything tore up.
Thanks for the info.
Ralph

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