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I'm not sure if anyone has and that would be the easiest method to do this but getting custom springs made is expensive and reverse engineering spring rates and stuff for the stock springs is even more expensive to do on an individual basis. As this platform picks up speed, I'm guessing the usual suspects in the suspension world will start putting stuff out.







What's the OD of the spring? Does that match?


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what would the od of the spring matter?
Well this spacer is going to sit under the spring, you'd want it to be either the same or wider than the OD to allow the spring to sit on it.

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Well this spacer is going to sit under the spring, you'd want it to be either the same or wider than the OD to allow the spring to sit on it.


I realized that with the other post right after I posted, so it's a little to small in the od then

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that is correct. what do you think?
Honestly, I have no idea what I think. Lol.

I have no suspension expertise at all. I'm mostly here in a learning and moderating capacity.

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If all we need are metal discs with a 50mm hole in the middle, those would be super cheap to get them fabbed up. A 120mm OD with 50mm ID tube stock should be pretty widely available...

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Bam, here we go:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#9056k54/=11s2iv2

4in OD (101mm) and 2in ID (50.8mm) aluminum tube stock which would be lighter than the steel ones from grainger. Can buy it in 6ft segments and chop it up into 10mm thick discs. Each 6ft segment would make ~40 SETS (set of 4) spacers at 10mm in thickness with a little accounted for in waste for tolerances, set up, and saw kerf. With a cost of $431 per tube (plus shipping so lets say $500) that leaves a cost of ~$12.50 per set, adding in manufacturing cost would drop us off at ~$20 a set of 4.

Who's got access to a big ass band saw?
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Awesome find! Cheaper than the OME spacers lol

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I just spoke to the local plastic supply co. and asked a rep there about HDPE vs. UHMW and told him what I wanted to use if for and he recommended UHMW for this application.


It's $26.00 bucks a sheet for Black 12 by 24 UHMW which should be enough material but I might have them cut it to for another 10 to 15 bucks since I don't have the hole saws.

There've been different sizes quoted for OD can we confirm it's 120 MM?

I'll let you guys know what it costs but I'm betting less than 50 bucks for a custom cut.

Ok, went and measured the old man EMU.

Here's what I sent:

OD = 4.25 inches
ID = 2 inches
Thickness = 3/8

I'll let you guys know what he comes back with and also post his contact info.
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Thanks for the Heads up!

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This is what the bottom one looks like without the spring, same as top just upside down. I also have the remnants of the removed cone on there to centre the spacer better.



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Wow, so I'm really glad you posted this. I would have really screwed up if I did this myself, because I would've put the 10mm spacer on top of that metal piece directly under the spring. This is where I constantly have that thought of a spring impaling me through my chest thinking, "Just put spacers in the rear...it'll be fun they said." lol Okay so the spacer actually go on the outside of the frame, but you have to compress the spring to get the top and bottom to come off.
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Wow, so I'm really glad you posted this. I would have really screwed up if I did this myself, because I would've put the 10mm spacer on top of that metal piece directly under the spring. This is where I constantly have that thought of a spring impaling me through my chest thinking, "Just put spacers in the rear...it'll be fun they said." lol Okay so the spacer actually go on the outside of the frame, but you have to compress the spring to get the top and bottom to come off.
What?

remove the wheel, compress the spring, remove the spring, add spacer on bottom, tip spring back in, put spacer on top, tip it the rest of the way back in, release compressor, replace wheel, beer, done.
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Ok here's what I've got:

$60.00 setup fee - one time.

At $60.00 I may just buy hole saws and cut the material myself but this isn't a bad alternative at all.

After the setup fee each spacer will cost $11.75 so it's very comparable to what the old man EMU's cost but cut to custom size and made from UHMW which is used in quiet a few aftermarket suspension kits.

If you guys want to chip in a few bucks each for the setup fee I'm game.

I can have the guy generate an invoice and I'll post it here so that everyone knows it's legit.

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