A U-bolt flip kit removes the stock square U-bolts and lower plates, replacing them with round U-bolts and new plates that mount on the top of your springs, adding at least 1.250 inch's of clearance under your axles. We use 9/16ths grade 8 U-bolts front and rear. The rear u bolt flip plate does not include shock tabs, they are available for $19 set, part is Sky-FST-003. The spring plates are constructed of 1/4 inch steel, not thinner stamped and slotted 3/16ths as some competitors shops sell.
Why buy a Sky's Flip Kit?
The main reason we started assembling our own flip kits was that we had trouble installing other kits. The problem, many didn't take into account that the differential side of the front axle required a larger U- bolt on the inside. We decided our kit needed to fit with a larger U-bolt, and we used grade 8 USA made 9/16ths U-bolts without any problems. We also had interference problems with moving the axle forward, and hitting the tie rod with the ear of the spring plate. We have our plates shortened slightly, and bent at a 90* angle. Those 2 modifications solved the steering interference problem.
Note that some 84-85 axles require sanding the factory axle weld seam to fit the u bolts over the axle tube.
Sky's u-bolt flips are not universal, we have rear kits, and front kits for either the 84-85 or 79-83 axle. Not a slotted one size fits all but will come loose option. Please spec which you are needing when ordering.
Crossover steering is required for front axle application. This is because the factory drag link will hit the u bolts when the flip is installed.
Kit will fit domestic width, 2.5" leaf springs. Sky's widened the plate pattern slightly to make them fit Chevy 63" leaf swaps as well as factory Toyota springs.
We have also added a picture of a competitors stamped u bolt plate for comparison. Ours is on the left, theirs on the right. The overall size is smaller, the material is not a true 1/4" thick, and being stamped generally means a low quality soft material.
Our plates are laser cut from A50 P n O plate, much less prone to bending due to stress and fatigue associated with U-bolt plates in general. We then use a cnc press break to form them, which correctly forms the material, adding strength much like a dimple die process.
Manufactured in Oregon, from USA steel, by American Employee's!