As the original blazing blazer had very hard leaf springs I changed mine for the softer hi-lift ones, not only for this reason, but because it would allow me to lift the truck up a couple of inches on the suspension.
However I found this offset the drive shaft angles even more than before and as I had found they did tend to wear more heavily the more angle they are run at I set about making a kit to tilt the axles allowing the driveshaft to sit much straighter.
By using and modifying some of the parts off a blazer and bruiser I came up with a way to angle the axles while still being able to attach them securely to the springs.
The bruiser lower shock mounting plate was built up with resin till the desired angle had been achieved, then sanded smooth ready for moulding.
I then took the metal fixing plate that used to have the U bolts holding it on, and filled it with resin to make a solid block. This then has four holes drilled in it with am M3 thread inserted.
Next I made up a top plate which has a recess in the middle on one side to allow for the leaf spring rivet, and four holes for the bolts to go through.
The lower shock brackets are cast in black resin, while the fixing plate and lower block are cast in lead free pewter. Aluminium would be ideal, but it's not something you can do easily at home, so after testing some pewter ones which seemed amply strong enough I settled on that.
As you can see from the last picture above, the drive shaft universal joint sits almost straight now which not only looks more like a real truck, but helps to prevent unwanted wear.
This kit is for sale.
Pack contains the following items, and costs £10
4 x Angled lower mounts.
4 x Top fixing plate.
4 x Bottom fixing plate.
16 x M3 x 25mm bolts
Post and packing: £2.00 for the first item then £1 for each item thereafter.
The above pictures just really show the new modified bits in place, so you can see a bit more clearly what I tried to achieve. while this is not a modification for all trucks anyone who has fitted the softer hi-lift springs to their truck will now what I mean about the angle the universal joint sits at, and hopefully I have found a way to not only make the trucks look more like the real versions, but help prevent excessive wear on the joints at the same time.