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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #41
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lookin good man. did you leave enough room up front to mount a winch too? or you gonna mount it on the bumper?
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #42
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lookin good man. did you leave enough room up front to mount a winch too? or you gonna mount it on the bumper?
There is plenty of room for the winch, in fact if I had more time yesterday I would have posted photos of the winch and the mount that I built for it. Check back later today and I will have them up. I won't really have a "bumper", the tires will be the first thing anything will hit and I will have some tube out front to protect things like the radiator and fans.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #43
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A couple pics of what my new front frame is looking like right now. Winch is a 16.5k Superwinch



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Old May 7th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #44
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Got Shocks??? -- I Do

SAW 2.5 Remotes - Thanks to Ironman Offroad


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New custom steering arms for Hydraulic steering.



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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #45
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Progress 3/8-3/9/10

Hydraulic steering ram mounted: Ready to be plumbed in.



Transfer case mount/skid plate mount. The transmission will have one very similar as well as one in front of the transmission to allow for a full skid plate to protect fragile oil pans.

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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #46
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Looks good Brandon........I will be over this weekend to help
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Old May 11th, 2010, 09:40 AM   #47
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Looks like you need to either rotate the inner c's or reduce your pinion angle.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #48
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Your caster is WAY to negative. Everything else looks great
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #49
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Looks like you need to either rotate the inner c's or reduce your pinion angle.
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Your caster is WAY to negative. Everything else looks great
The pictures are a little deceiving, the factory leaf mount is only about 2 degrees down in the front right now. Also, the pinion angle has not been set yet, it is only as good a guess as I could get by eyeballing it with a driveshaft that is 12" too short. I am certain that the pinion needs to be rolled down quite a bit yet. I will know for sure when I get the front shaft built in a week or two.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 12:54 AM   #50
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Lookin great cant wait to see this done.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #51
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When I got home this morning I checked the caster angle via the stock leaf spring pad, and you guys were right 10* negative. I am not really worried about it right now since the pinion angle isn't set yet. I will get the front drive shaft together when I get home tomorrow morning and see what I end up with after the pinion angle gets dialed in.

Just out of curiosity: I know that any negative caster isn't ideal, but assuming that I can't get back to the positive side of things. What would be an "acceptable" amount of negative caster. Keep in mind that this truck will most likely never see the pavement. (due to size and Hyd. steering.)

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Old May 12th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #52
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"stock" is around 5 degrees positive......on any/all of my trucks that I have run high pinions I have always had good luck with caster, by setting the pinion close to dead horizontal. Pinion angle on a front high pinion isn't as much a concern as on a lo pinion or a rear axle pinion setting. Unless of course your gonna be stupid BDMT tall with it.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #53
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"stock" is around 5 degrees positive......on any/all of my trucks that I have run high pinions I have always had good luck with caster, by setting the pinion close to dead horizontal. Pinion angle on a front high pinion isn't as much a concern as on a lo pinion or a rear axle pinion setting. Unless of course your gonna be stupid BDMT tall with it.
Definitely not BDMT tall, it will have about 4-6" of suspension lift from the factory f250 ride height. I have as little "lift" as possible while still clearing all links, and axle, and steering components.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #54
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Then set your pinion flat and remeasure.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #55
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Then set your pinion flat and remeasure.
Will do tomorrow morning.

How did you route your panhard bar? The mounts for the panhard on my truck are the biggest reason that I can't get the truck lower to the ground. I want it to be as flat as ride height as possible, but the frame side bracket get really close to the diff housing and 3 link brackets.

Does anyone running Hydraulic steering have any input on panhard bar set-up?? Everything I have found in searching says flat at RH for slwoer moving vehicles.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #56
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Can't help you with that one, i'm running factory style radius arms and no hydro.

You gonna be at the meeting tomorrow night?
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Old May 12th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #57
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Can't help you with that one, i'm running factory style radius arms and no hydro.

You gonna be at the meeting tomorrow night?
I want to be, I thought that it was last week and I had missed it. I just have to let my boss know I'll be in late.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #58
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Per our conversation tonight...


Height 79"
Outside of tire to outside of tire on rear axle is 83"
And tip of fairlead to end of hitch is 180"
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Old May 13th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #59
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Height 79"
Outside of tire to outside of tire on rear axle is 83"
And tip of fairlead to end of hitch is 180"
Thanks John

I was going to ask/remind you about changing your serp. belt. Have you got that issue fixed yet?
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Nother washer under the bracket and it hasn't come off yet
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