One of the
things I hate about stock U-bolts is that the factory put them
on upside down! Why you ask? Well I have no idea! What I do know
is that they get tore up on the trail hanging below the axle like
A U-bolt flip
has many advantages, 1st it gets the bolts up away from hitting
rocks and dirt. It also increases clearance, and the drivers side
U-bolt plate always gets hit, bending it into the nut so you can
not even get a socket on the nut. You will most likely need new
U-bolts when you upgrade to that new set of springs anyway, so
flip those bolts at the same time. AOR's kit gets the U-bolts
pointing up and away from danger.
I was very
impressed with the Quality of this kit! The U-bolts are top quality
9/16", gold-zink coated, and if you don't care for the color,
it is a great primer for paint to stick to. The plates are fabricated
from beefy 3/8" hot-rolled plate steel, 4.5" wide by
7.5" long. The plates themselves are black-zink finished
for great rust protection. My kit came with the poly bump stops
too. They are 1.75" tall and pyramid up from a 3" base,
they come in your choice of black or red.The kits are available
for all years rear springs up to the current Tacoma's and for
79-85 fronts. I got my kit for the 79-83 front axle.You can also
special order round-bend or square-bend U-bolts in any length
you need. Special-order U-bolts are available zinc-coated or plain.
My axles were
moved forward by drilling the Toyota axle perches, so I had to
drill the spring center bolt holes new location in the spring
plate, yes it was a task as they are 3/8" thick!
found out that my spring pack (stock toy rear in front) with the
3/8" spacer to make up the height difference of the pad on
the drivers side made the U-bolts to short. Drivers side U-bolts
were 7.5" so I just removed the 3/8" spacer, gave AOR
a call to inform them of the potential problem for future reference.
Well the guys at AOR are not one to compromise quality, and told
me they would make the kits with longer U-bolts for all future customers!
They offered me another set of longer U-bolts also, but I don't
see the need on my rig, so I'm happy with what I have. Some tips.
Don't do a U-bolt flip without crossover steering,interference problems.
Torque to spec, and re-Torque after a few hundred miles. Always
check them before every trail trip! This kit is 100% top quality!
You will not be disappointed, and some of you know how picky I am!
Price on this kit $95, worth every penny too.
A.O.R. Advanced Off-Road Research
725-B West Grand Ave.
Grand Junction, Co 81501