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Old 06-03-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Engine alignment question

I'm preparing to install an engine snubber and I notice that the snubber support is not centered on the bracket beneath it. See photo.

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I don't recall looking at this before but since I just recently installed a rear lift kit I wonder if I somehow got the drive-line somehow a bit crooked.

So my questions are: Is it normal for the snubber support to be off center and, if not, can I rely on a centered snubber bracket to indicate a squared up rear axle. and. if not, what's the best way to measure if the rear axle is misaligned?

As always, thanks for your help. Bill
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:41 PM   #2
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No... that isn't right, the snubber should be center!
I don't know what happened with your situation, every rear lift I put on... that never happened!

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Old 06-03-2014, 09:10 PM   #3
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Default Re: Engine alignment question

It happened to my big block cart the last time I was in a hurry when I pulled a leaf spring.

Lloosen the u bolts and center it up! That is about the best I can guess.

I suppose that you could take some measurements from the rear axle to a point on the frame. but it is a golf cart, not a race car. i think if u center it on the bracket u will be fine

Don, is there anything about this in the manual?
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Default Re: Engine alignment question

OK thanks guys, here's my plan. Loosen the U bolts, hopefully move it around to center the snubber bracket, clamp the bracket in the center position, retighten the U bolts, then disconnect the front spring bolts, release the clamp, move the engine back, install the snubber, and reassemble. That should work, right?
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Don, is there anything about this in the manual?
No there isn't Aaron! I'm thinking U bolts also!

Bill,
You shouldn't have to disconnect the front spring bolts and move the engine back to install the snubber,
Once you get the snubber bracket centered, put a jack stand under the engine pan,
jack it up so the bracket is off of the bottom stop (frame) about 1/2",
and simply remove the snubber bracket with the 2 bolts holding it on, install the snubber on the bracket,
and reinstall the snubber/bracket on the engine pan!

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Thanks for that Lockman1. Your suggestion is exactly what I was in initially planning to do but when I checked the shop manual it said to remove the front spring bolts. I will definitely try your suggestion first.
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Trust me... it's SOooo much easier!
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Thanks for everyone's help. As I was loosening the U bolts I remembered that the alignment bolts supplied by Jakes were just a bit looser in the hole than I expected, but no big deal, I was able to realign the drive train to center the snubber bracket, tighetn the U bolts, jack up the front of the engine a bit, remove the bracket, slide on the snubber, reinstall the bracket/snubber, lower the jack and life is good.

It's amazing how much quieter the engine is with the snubber in place.

Thanks again guys. Bill
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