Originally Posted by Vanimal
I did not like the square over axle u bolts hanging down like rock fishing hooks....
My dislike for square u-bolts, and wanting more clearance between the axle and frame rails, and to make room for a different snubber, drove me to a completely different plate design.
Shown here before final welding, two stacked plates, top plate with hex shaped holes (to nest the bolt heads, anti-rotation) and the lower with through holes. I keyed the shock tabs into both for a strong assembly, welded top and bottom plates along their edge. Probably a lot more work than most people want to do, but I was only doing this once