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Old 10-02-2012, 07:38 PM   #11
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Did you modify you shock brackets? It's kind of pointless to have extended radius arms without having a shock that could have that kind of travel
I flexed it out as far as my ramp would allow me, took measurements, then moved the lower mounts down a bit, and put in a shock that still has an 1-2 inches extension and compression top and bottom respectively (at the shock, so more than that at the tire). At some point (hopefully soon) when I have my forklift or some other means for flexing the truck further and taking measurements, and/or it becomes an issue, I will redo my upper shock brackets, but all in due time. At the point I was, I just needed to get my truck back on the road for school. Not to mention most of my reason for the radius arms was for turning clearance (as stated in my op) and strength, with flex a bit of a side benefit, that I figured I would be working on at some point anyway.
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Couple days after I got my tires, went to Fordyce trail in California. first time out with the lift and no shocks so it was all over the place.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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Got a little bit more done on the frame



now back to work

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Got a little bit more done today:




Now I need to cut my front body mounts off so I can plate the frame back aways.
So far I don't think that the amount I have extended the frame should interfere with my approach angle too much...

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:02 PM   #16
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Hacked the body mounts off

Cleaned the frame up where the plate is going to go

Cut out some plates to run along the frame. Dubbed by one of my friends as "alien hands"

Got the outer ones welded up

And the body mounts welded back on

(fyi I assure you the welds look way better in person. except maybe the welds on the body mounts.... )

Got some plates on the inside of the frame

Had to do some clearance modifications for around the body

Same on the left

and some of my welds for good measure
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #17
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Got some new wheels


Im not too sure about a 10 inch wide rim with a 35x12.50... the rim is almost wider than the tread. Definitely gives it a meaner stance though.


Also got a new welder.

Pretty pumped about having a decent sized MIG, and an option of TIG.

Now I just need to round up the rest of the steel I need to finish the bumper...

Haven't found time for wheeling so I did the next best thing....
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Welp, because of school and life, its been a while since my last update, but the semester is done, and the stress of finals is over with time to get back to work
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Finally got the metal that I am gonna build the winch plate and base of the bumper out of. Got some of the pieces tacked together and test fitted.


I am slightly concerned with the approach angle due to the roller fairlead sticking out so far, so I pushed the winch up a little further. I also may end up ditching the fairlead all together.
The winch is going to stick pretty far up into the grill, and well beyond the front of it, so I am going to have to figure out a custom grill once the bumper is said and done.

Then I got completely side tracked building a welding cart:

and I realized my passenger side TTB drop bracket had a crack starting, so I pulled that sucker off to fix it. (figured that was a little more important than the bumper)

I purchased the lift kit used, and it seems as though the bracket broke once before and was welded. This time it cracked right along the weld.
Cleaned it all up, and went to bend the bracket into the correct shape, and the weld broke the rest of the way. I had planned on grinding most of the old weld out and rewelding, then grinding the rest out, etc, but I guess grinding it all out before is as good a time as ever.

got it all welded back together and cleaned up, and added a few reinforcement plates


back to work on the truck...

ended up cutting a bunch more of the fiberglass core support thingy to get the winch as high as I could get it. I pushed it so high that the stock hood latch is not going to work anymore though, so I guess hood pins are in the near future...
got some of the plates that are going to go around the bumper horns tacked on

my friend was screwing around with the camera, so I got a few action shots

got the part that will encircle the frame all finished welding up

I tacked all those plates on when it was sitting on the truck, and there was plenty of clearance for it to slide on and off the frame, and kept test fitting after every couple of welds. I stopped testing when I started my cover passes though, and when I did those, it warped it enough that it was an EXTREMELY tight fit onto the frame, so I spent most of today test fitting, grinding, test fitting, grinding etc etc. ended up taking at least a few thousandths off the top and bottom of the frame to get it to slide on.
Somewhere in there, it decided to start raining pretty good, and I am garage-less like so many, so I set up and Easy-up. Made life much better.

That pretty much brings me up to date. Got the holes on the top of the frame drilled, just four more for the bottom and presto, the winch mounting portion of the bumper will be done

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You should go back to who sold you the lift and kick his ass. Haha
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yeah, I thought there was 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!
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