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    If you call ESPO, just tell them what car you have and they should be able to determine which springs you need. As for the spring plates, that is the ISO-spring set up. The pads are available in poly (ESPO has those also). The plates themselves,,,,,,,,,,,,don't know. There are some parts for F-body that are more or less made from unobtainium if you want new (some used are about that way also,,,'78/'79 Aspen grille's for example). Maybe someone has good used ones. They are all the same, only difference is between 4 leaf and 5 leaf springs for the "boxes".
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
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    You'll pick up over an inch of height on a standard spring with iso-delete. So don't order taller springs. I heard you can do better from the local parts store than getting the rubber bushings currently coming from Espo. But their springs are top notch according to everybody who's got them.

    Oh, and if you want to keep the axle iso set-up. Give the boys at Firm Feel a call. They haven't forgotten how to make anything they ever have just because it's a made to order item not in the listings today. And if you go that route you can get fresh better than rubber pads for inside from polybushings.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by 77rr2x4s View Post
    At one time Firm feel sold new brackets that surrounded the leaf spring with the rubber isolators. I don`t see them on their site anymore. If you want to get more involved you can eliminate the brackets and the rubber and use the shock plates that are used on earlier mopars. You can search for good used ones but they are getting harder to find too. http://www.firmfeel.com/fmj_body_mopar_parts.html
    http://www.firmfeel.com/fmj_body_mop...ck_plates.html

    You guys are life savers man before I joined this forum I was looking online for hours to find parts. I’ll keep posting as I make progress on the car

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    https://www.autorust.com/product/rea...mopar-art-040/


    I`m not sure if these are still available on this site. Worth a try.

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    That looks like exactly what I’m looking for , would you happen to know of it comes with a bushing too? Also what happens if I say **** it and drive it with the current cracked in half shackle

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    The axle could become detached from the spring and drop down to the snubber (bump stop), along with it moving until the tire hits the inner fender well and gets shredded, along with damage to the sheetmetal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not a good idea to drive it with the plate cracked. It may not end well.

    The bushing as you call it (actually "isolator") is seperate and can be had from ESPO, or any number of other vendors, in poly. The originals were rubber of course and, far as I know, are made of unobtainium. Poly is much better than the rubber anyways. I've got poly isolators in my Aspen and no complaints. Not as good as solid mounted but a million times better than squishy rubber.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    BTW, Those brackets from auto rust are for 4 leaf spring vehicles. Jim AZ parts had some spacers he made up for the 5 leaf applications.

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    This is the infamous isolation plate made from unibtainium right?

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