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Old 02-27-2012, 12:16 AM   #11
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only thing i'd be worried about is.... those "clevis mounts"
how thick are the shackle mounts? most are done 1/2" at least.
are they safe to use for recovery?


other than that, looks good. also i'd cap the ends.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:05 PM   #12
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Hey congrats on an ambitious build

Just a thought about those end brackets (clevis mounts?). They are a bit sticky-outy, and would really act like a can-opener if you ran up against anything (or anyone !). Ditto on capping them somehow when on the street.

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replace them with tie rings:

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/prod...wn-Anchor-Ring

(Princess auto up here, sure Harbor Freight has something similar). With your demonstrated fab skills, wouldn't be no big thing to switch to these, no?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #13
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saskbill-- another issue, tie down rings are NOT made to be used as recovery attachment points....

need a good clevis mount.
$25 for the pair
1 inch metal. good strong stuff. as long as you weld properly, it won't come off, it won't endanger anyone.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #14
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The end brackets are actually for my tow bar that I havent painted yet. I have it removed because of weight concerns on the front end. Im already looking to level it up, I just dont know if I want to use spacers or a heavier set of springs. Im about 1.5 to 2in low in the front now. Would explorer springs bring it up enough or would another set work better?
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:37 PM   #15
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the expo coils woul probably get you back to even again. also i agree with the others, you need to cap the ends. other than that, looks pretty good.
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4.0B2, I hear you on the clevis mounts. A flying chunk of metal on the end of a nylon rope is no joke!

Although the tie down rings I pointed to are pretty HD (6600 lb working load, 20,000 break), they are explicitly not for lifting apps (and impact/jerk loads from recovery would place substantial extra load on the ring/mount/welds). Probably not a great idea in retrospect.

Anyway, since the OP has noted these are towbarmounts, not recovery points, I was barking up the wrong tree anyway. My comments on the tow bar mounts:

- Please round off the corners of the mounts and/or make safety caps for these if this rig is seeing the street with the tow bar off.
- the material offhand looks a little light and the mounts kinda long for sideways stress (towing around corners, braking tow vehicle when the vehicles are not in line). If this is going to be highway towing at speed, maybe take a second look at these.
- I know you won't be towing this rig without safety chains (RIGHT?), just give a bit of thought as to whether you are OK with the B2 losing a mount (or 2) and running into your tow vehicle) as you evaluate your design.


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Ill try tomorrow to get a pic of the hitch mounted even unpainted lol. The pics make it look a little thin but it is actually .5X2in flat bar steel. I hope I dont ever need the hitch but seeing how this is my DD and work is 23 miles one way, I just hate the Idea of paying a wrecker bill when now I can pull it with my truck. Thanks everyone for the compliments and the constructive critiques. They are all appreciated. Ilove my BII and the fuel mileage.
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...The pics make it look a little thin but it is actually .5X2in flat bar steel.
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Explorer springs should help... Depends on how wore out yet are compared to how worn out yours are..
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It actually sat a little high in the front by about 1/2in and the ride was really good. I can tell that Im a little nose heavy now. It dont hit the bumpstops or anything but I just put those tires on and I would hate to wear them out early because they are cambered in some.
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