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Old April 2nd, 2014, 03:17 PM   #21
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Curious as to why you cut and welded the radius arms? Seems like that would make for a WEAK spot at those welds, especially with the forces you will be putting on them at speed, and if ONE of those things breaks you are screwed!
That's been done MANY times by other builders. With the proper plating, gusseting, and good welds it's far from the weak point in the suspension. I'd be worried about the unibody and mounts long before properly built radius arms.
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That's been done MANY times by other builders. With the proper plating, gusseting, and good welds it's far from the weak point in the suspension. I'd be worried about the unibody and mounts long before properly built radius arms.

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My plan initially was to bend them... but after breaking a buddies bender and trying some other ideas I gave up and cut and mitered them.
I will plate them and make them stronger than needed to handle the abuse
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Been a while since I have updated the thread.
Got some good work done as I am on summer and haven't started working just yet.

To start off, I was sick of the Hi-Lo being a pavement princess so I added some rubber so I could drive in the grass... mostly on Tuesdays and such.


Then I put the ZJ on a diet and cut some of the fat off of er


After the chop


And the left over parts


Welded the bottom frame plates fully on the outside and cleaned up the sides for the new plates for it


Then for some reason the ZJ wanted to have a TJ shorty bumper so I let her (what was left after the cutting)


And the plates I made for the outside of the Unibody. They will go from the lower control arm mounts and tie in with them and span all the way to the front where they will be integrated with a bumper


I have a transfer case crossmember mocked and tacked up, I will take pics tomorrow or so.
I went up to Silver lake this weekend and there must have been a prerunner forum meet because there was 20 or so rangers with TTB/coilovers/bypasses/bumps/etc. Got some good ideas and some nice motivation

Thats all I have for now!
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i went up to silver lake this weekend and there must have been a prerunner forum meet because there was 20 or so rangers with ttb/coilovers/bypasses/bumps/etc. Got some good ideas and some nice motivation



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Did I meet you down at the beach?

We do what we call the prerunner invasion every year at that time. Just a bunch of guys that have met at the dunes over the years. There were actually alot more prerunners but we had alot of casualties. The wet sand was playing havoc on drivetrain this weekend.
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ATVLIFESTYLE - I believe I saw your truck (in your profile picture) up there this weekend. I talked to a guy with a red and white bronco with FOA coilovers and bypasses for a bit to see how he mounted them on his dana 44 with the radius arms as ill be doing the same. Some good ideas up there. You guys should do that more often, one day I will join :)
I was up there this weekend with the Blazer in my profile picture
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I'm not sure I saw your blazer. I was a little busy with all that was going on, but I definitely would have checked it out. I love K5's.

We make a lot more small trips over the summer. This is just the only trip we all try to make. We are always looking for more people to run around the dunes with.
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ATVLIFESTYLE - Gotchya. I will be up at silver quite a bit this year so be sure to stop me in you see me!

Got the passengers side frame stiffener up front halfway welded up today
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