Over the past month or so I have been developing a replacement for the factory leaf spring mounts on the H3 Hummer, and now that I have tested my prototype, I figured it was the appropriate time to bring it up now. I originally got the idea from the Club Hummer Offroad forums in a thread where someone was discussing their disappointment that a product similar to the one here was being discontinued. After only just a few seconds of looking at the picture, I knew exactly what changes I was going to make and how I was going to do them.
First on the list of things to do was to obviously improve upon the ground clearance that is lacking on the factory leaf spring mount. I also wanted to make the leaf spring mount so strong that not only would it mount everything properly to the leaf spring but also act as skid plate/armor for the Hummer. Something that may seem like a drawback, that should actually be viewed as a benefit is that I decided to move the shock mount about 1.25 inches higher than the factory location. I decided on that because these side effects can be used to the advantage by replacing the factory shackles with aftermarkets ones that increase the ride high approximately 1 inch. Which effectively gives an extra inch of ground clearance between the body and the ground, with the shock in basically the same position it would be in the factory specs, and maintain that slight forward rake for gas mileage after cranking the torsion bars up for those bigger 35-inch tires.
Basically you get the best of both worlds, more ground clearance while maintaining the factory like ride qualities.
Some other neat things that I designed for these H3 Hummer High Clearance Leaf Spring Mounts is that I went with heavier duty U-bolts custom made to replace the factory ones because they’re too long. I was also able to make it, for the most part, one solid piece of metal because I wanted it as strong a possible with super clean lines, the only other parts are the inner shock mount tab and a brace between the two shock mount tabs for added strength.
Look forward to being able to purchase these mounts on my shop in about a month on September 23rd, 2012.