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Old January 8th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Well... this past year, I was at one of my Hummer Club events when a friend asked me if I could help make his Alpha look "mean." I said, yea I think I can help.... So, we made some agreements, and here is what we have....

The truck as it looked when I picked it up....





Basically it was just a stock Alpha Open-top.

I then made a lightbar for it....







So now he needed a place to put a spare tire.... he liked the tire carrier I made for my truck, so.... I made him one similar to mine, but I like his better!

(upside down in this pic)


Have to be able to mount the hi-lift...






The baskets on the side, I just welded some chain to it for tie-downs...



To grab the outside corner, I had to have a good support, so, I wanted to do something without drilling holes into the body. So, I then had to create a step bumper.....





it mounts to bumper bolts (prior to supports)


(post supports)


to support the outside edge of the basket, I used this steel.....



Prior to welding the expanded steel on...





So.... Now I had the truck moving in the right direction, in making the truck look "mean" but I can't be done with just that.... so.... I had to make my own brushguard too....

the outline that I am working from




(at this point I had to send a picture to the owner, letting him know the status..... I said it was done.... he didn't catch the humor immediately)


tubes tacked in, prior to welding





I wanted to use the stock mount, so I had some steel plasma cut to follow the same shape and drilled my holes.... worked out pretty good!

All the steel just got done with powder coat, I now have to go and pick it up....

In the mean time, the owner asked if I would put a set of 40's on his truck.... that is what I am in the middle of right now.... I will have a detailed "how-to" for the 17" 2pc aluminum's soon....

A big thanks to the Mazzolla's for allowing me to use, what started out as just a tube bender, and developed into their shop! What a help!!
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Old January 9th, 2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Looking good! Looks like those plates worked out well. Does it need a lift for 40's?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 08:10 AM   #3
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don't forget the guide wires going from the grill guard to the windshield frame. they let the branches slide up and over the trucks. I have seen a few guys with the Gobi racks running them.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 08:11 AM   #4
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what model of baja design lights are you using. i have a set and they are bright as hell. love them. to bright to use if anyone is in front of you. awesome lights. are you running relays for the lights?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #5
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yea I have the eye-lets welded on for the stringers....

I am runnin HIDs on the front... 6 4" and 2 7".... I am running 2 Hella worklights for rear back-up lights....

Yes, the cut-outs worked great!! Thanks!!! I might have a couple more for you to cut-out in the near future, we will see...
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Old January 10th, 2011, 07:41 AM   #6
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So... I am working on the project when the owner calls me and asks if we can put some new tires on the truck.... I was lucky, I was able to find 5 MT/R's with Kevlar (advertized on this site), basically for the price of 4! All virtually brand new. So, we jumped on the deal and I had to drive to the other side of the state to get em.... So, heres where I am at now....

The tires:


Comparison with the stock MT/R's




So, now comes the process of removing the old tires from the rims. Tools that that you will need are as follows....

4 24"-36" long threaded rod (1/2"-13tpi)
16 Nuts and 4 fender washers
New O-rings
4 - 4x4 blocks of wood
2 2x4 blocks of wood
two steel blocks that are 24" long each with a 1/2" hole drilled in the middle of them (you will see why)....

To get the rim apart, remove all of the nuts (3/4" hex head)
Then, you need to clean and lubricate the 4 holes in the inner rim. They are threaded holes (1/2" - 13tpi). Take the threaded rod and thread it into these holes. Using two nuts, lock the nuts on the threaded rod and turn them in equally which will start to pull the tire apart. You are basically attempting to push the outer half of the rim off the tire / beadlock assembly. When I was doing it the two halves needed 6-10"s of separation PRIOR to the outter rim letting go of the tire.

I liked to mark the two halves, prior to going further, but I don't believe this is critical.

Here is a picture of the rim with the threaded rod in it separating the tire:




The tire starts to look bloated....


The rim really gets stuck to the tire... If you don't turn the threaded rod equally the rod will start to slide off and move towards the beadlock and bend...

So, after the outer half of the rim is removed, you now have to "pull" the rim out of the tire.... basically you need to build a press to pull the tire out. This is where the extra steel / wood comes into play.... Place a 4x4 on each quadrant of the tire, just barely outside the rim diameter. Then take the 2x4's and place them on two of the 4x4's opposite of each other for height. You will then need to get a cross brace between the other two quadrants (4x4's without the 2x4's) and place the threaded rod into a hole (I prefer not a threaded hole) using a nut and a fender washer. You will need a nut in the middle of the rod to produce the clamp load.... probably best to just look at my picture....

Here is a picture showing where the threaded rod goes.... through the steel, and with a nut on top of the steel with a fender washer and on the bottom with a nut and fender washer....


Here is a picture of the whole setup with the wood and cross braces....


After a lot of turning (about 4-6"s worth), the rim will be close to popping out... you might need to help persuade it a little with a few slight taps of a rubber mallet / hammer....

After the rim is out, its time for the beadlock.... they aren't any different then the 16.5" ones (other then the 17" ones are not directional - i.e. internal side vs external side). I just used a 2" ratchet strap and then with a lot of muscle, got the exterior dimension to be 17"s, enough to slide through the bead with some assistance of several pry bars... (my key here is to put the "buckles" on the outside of the beadlock, between the beadlock / runflat)



Then, its time to just get it in the new tire and then re-assemble. Install the new o-rings (old o-rings may be used but no guarantee they will hold pressure). You may need some grease to hold the o-ring into place. 4 of the studs are longer so that you can get the nuts started and pull the rim together.



Here is a picture of the height difference:
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Old January 10th, 2011, 07:42 AM   #7
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anyone know any places between waterford and Imlay city that can balance 40" tires?
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Old January 10th, 2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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nice badge thrown on there. this has the 6.5 still correct?
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No, this is a Hummer H1 Alpha, it has a Duramax in it.... and Allison
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Old January 10th, 2011, 08:50 AM   #10
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nice. im nott to fimilar with them. but im sure it makes it alot more driveable with options for chips and programmers. is it pretty much stock?
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Old January 10th, 2011, 09:07 AM   #11
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other than my mods, it is completely stock (well the owner put a nav radio in it).... it has 13,500 miles on it....
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very nice ride. what year is it. the work you are doing looks to be top notch.

the only thing i see that would personaly drive my crazy is the lights hanging down into the wind sheild. since the hummers dont have a crazy amount of windsheild there to begin with are the lights going to be in the line of sight?
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thanks!

The lights are barely into the window from the inside..... only time you would really notice them would be when you are climbing a steep hill and are looking to see through the top of the windshield.... they can't really be functional if they are on the top, trees, plus to remove the soft-top you need to fold it over the hood. So, the lights would get in the way of that....

The Alpha is a 2006 year, the last production year of a Civilian Hummer H1..... There were no 2005 Civilian H1's
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only way to balance those are with internal BBs, not sure how that would work with the runflats though.

does the front bumper hinge? Doesn't the hood hit it?
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Old January 10th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #15
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yes.... it hinges forward.... Tab was gracious enough to cut out the mount for me!

BB's are not an option. I haven't driven the truck yet.... have to see if my centramatics are enough or if I need to get some weight on the rims....
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will they fit as is?
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drove the truck last night (and this am) with the 40" tires on it.... runs smooth with the centramatics... I am now a believer!!

Had to remember my speedo is now off by 6mph.... good thing for GPS!
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Old January 11th, 2011, 06:59 AM   #18
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will they fit as is?
yup, the PRIOR years of Hummer needed a body lift to get the 40's to fit.... the ALpha has the body lift to fit the Dmax, so it doesn't need anything but the tires.....
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If you need someone to drive it around for you let me know.
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well... completed the truck... gave it back to the owner today (even though I really didn't want to - very nice truck!)

all in all I think it turned out great.... take a look here are some pics of the competed project





















now the switch panel I made for the lights...




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