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Old 04-18-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

Has anybody dimpled the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT 2210's. Mine are hitting the lower A arm mount. I've notched the mount as much as I dare, and the tube is still touching. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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How old are your rubber engine mounts?
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

The motor mounts are new Energy Suspension Poly inserts.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

You didn't put the mounts on the motor backwards by chance? left on the right and right on the left?

I had no Idea when I put my new motor back in the car that they were different. I got lucky and put them in correct. I put poly mounts in my clam shells too and had to do only minor trimming to get the Hooker long tubes in.
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Here's some pics they are close but not touching.




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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I would leave it alone if it is not touching. I tried to clearance my slip fit tube and the metal is so thin that it won't seal back up with the tube back in the header. Be careful if you try to clearance this tube. I would leave the slip fit tube in the header if you try and modify.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:19 PM   #7
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I did a search before I installed the engine. The pictures I found showed the longer clamshell on the passenger side, so thats what I did. Hoping it was right. The female part of the slip joint is still touching the a arm mount.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

Has anybody tried motor mount shims for header clearance?
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

How about trimming the corner on the mount?
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:44 AM   #10
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I've already trimmed the mount as much as i care to. I will try denting the tube when I get more time.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

Car ever been in a wreck? Did you try loosing the crossmember and see if it's able to move over some? Can you take a pic of how far off it is?
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

No wrecks yet. Project has been sitting for a few days. I will try a pry bar to see if I can move it enough. I'm running Afr 235 heads on a Motown 2 block. Did a search, some say Afr head exhaust port location can cause header fit issues.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I am running AFR 210 heads on my 421 SB and I have no problems.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

Thats good news. I'll try backing off the mount bolts to see if I can move it enough for clearance.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

When I get home tonight I will measure the distance between the motor and crossmember. Our setups are very close. Should be able to figure out why its not fitting.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

Ok I confirmed the deeper cup is on the passenger side.

Driver side



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Driver side motor to crossmember 4.25





Passenger side 4.5


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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I gave the slip joint a good beating. The #8 tube still slides in and out. Good clearance now. Will it leak? I'll find out when I get it running.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

My 2210LT's don't touch anything, and I didn't have to dent them.

I did have to re-route my brake lines though. But as far as K-member and chassis, everything clears with plenty of room.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

My car was terrible. Tried switching the clamshells around then tried solid mounts and ended up buying a k-member. Still close but it doesn't move much
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

The clamshells are 2 different part numbers. One will be stamped LHP. One is taller that the other.
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

DON'T CUT THE A-ARM MOUNT! YOU WILL REGRET IT!

(<---after a "hit n run" involving a fire hydrant)
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I didn't know there was a difference.
Can you definitely say which calmshell goes on which side, please?
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Re: Dimple the #8 slip joint on Hooker LT

I will definatly check tonight after work to be sure.
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