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Old August 14th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #21
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Checking geometry for steering before I commit to a panhard location.





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Old August 14th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #22
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First time with the co's on.




Up and down a million times to check for bind and clearances. A pain staking process, but a necessary one none the less.



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Panhard worked out.


First time with weight on it, what a great feeling.




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That was the point I realized the springs were too stiff. it just didn't settle out like I wanted it to. I was hoping for around 4" of shock shaft showing, There's about 6 1/2" there. Very disappointed. Got over all of that annoyance, started working on my shock hoop brace, and the bump stops. Before I burned in my shock hoops, I found that my vacuum booster was in the way, tore that junk out and went and found a hydro boost unit with the lines and the ps pump to go with for about $125 at a salvage yard. Had to remove the electronic valve off the back of the ps pump, easily replaced that with the outlet from the back of my stock ps pump. Working on this truck is so much easier without all of the ifs bull shit hanging off the bottom of the frame.

A little motivation, it seems that as we build them, we all do this at one point or another lol! At this point I was painting everything and not taking many pics.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #25
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Nice seeing the trial and error behind it. People will want to know the TRE's numbers.

Looks good.
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Ahh, the light at the end of the tunnel. This was a long night, pissed wifey right off. Worked on it until about 1 am or so. Got a ton done though, very happy with my progress at this point.



Close up for good measure. At this time I had the springs I was happy with. Ended up with a 12" 300# over 12" 450#, still unsure how this is going to work on the street, but the coils don't stack when bumped out, so I'm hoping for the best.


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Nice seeing the trial and error behind it. People will want to know the TRE's numbers.

Looks good.
Actually they are dle's. I'll look into it and post up links to the ones I used. Thanks! The pics and story are the easy part, the trial and error took much longer than I have depicted here lol.
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I used this randomly placed snow pile to check clearances at both bump and droop. In these photos, my axle is actually 2" back from where it should have ended up. That's why it looks a little funny.



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My home built shackle flip.
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http://www.artecindustries.com/Dana-...air_p_260.html

http://www.artecindustries.com/Adjus...gle_p_248.html

http://www.artecindustries.com/Lower...gle_p_251.html

http://www.artecindustries.com/Inner...gle_p_259.html

http://www.artecindustries.com/Tube-Tabs_p_337.html

http://www.artecindustries.com/Flat-Tabs_p_336.html

These are links to the brackets and tabs I bought from Artec. Very quality parts. I am very happy with the fit and finish. For the upper link frame mount, I used the passenger side option. I never did end up using the upper link bracket on the axle. I used it as template to make shorter version though.
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https://www.wfoconcepts.com/pr/7-8-1...glink-End/3251

The link to the dle's I used. I used left and right hand threaded for easy adjustment.

https://www.wfoconcepts.com/pr/Offse...3204/3241/4142

The tre's I used for the tie rod. I used the offset ones so I could flip my tierod to the top of the mounts on the knuckles for more clearance. They work great.
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Shock hoop brace in the engine bay. Had to switch to hydroboost for clearance. The shock hoop was just a little bit into the vacuum boost unit, and I planned on switching to hydroboost anyway, so this was enough reason for me to go to the salvage yard and pick up a pump, booster, and hoses for $125.



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I took my body lift off and lost 3" of height, only to find out that I needed about a 1/2" back in to clear the master cylinder and shock hoop.



Then, since I needed to change the t-case for an np241, I went out and found one, with the wrong input spline...luckily, a guy from pbb said he had the correct one, and we swapped. Only cost me shipping to do it. I'm glad I took the 241 apart because there was a whole bunch of excess silicone inside of it.




It only took me 2 tries to get it back together correctly lol! I noticed the oiler pump o ring had fallen out when I put the case halves together. I found the o ring on my tire the next morning, after I got it together the first time, damn it. When I took it back apart, I found out I would have had a leak anyway, the silicone was exposed to some leftover mineral spirits in the case. Lucky for me, I guess.

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My homemade t-case linkage, works flawlessly.



The manual shifter, with the switch to automatically ground the pin in 4 lo. Since I took out the 246, I had a few things to wire up and change so the trans would shift in 4 lo.


The shifter with the factory cover.
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Badass... Welcome to the full size club...
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My factory plastic fender wells even fit, they need a small cut where the white lines are.


I fired up the tractor and lifted it up to check flex and check for clearance issues.



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lol, thank you. I've always been in it. The only sport trucks I've ever owned were 2wd s-10's, and that was over 15 years ago. I don't have cars either, 3 trucks in my driveway. I haven't had a car in over 10 years! I thought about getting a jk, or "chubby jeep" as I like to call them, but too expensive, plus they aren't much smaller than a full size truck. The other kicker is that I found out my wife is pregnant with our 4th kid, so there is no jeep out there that will fit all 6 of us...
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This build thread is a let down
Still a letdown?
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lol, thank you. I've always been in it. The only sport trucks I've ever owned were 2wd s-10's, and that was over 15 years ago. I don't have cars either, 3 trucks in my driveway. I haven't had a car in over 10 years! I thought about getting a jk, or "chubby jeep" as I like to call them, but too expensive, plus they aren't much smaller than a full size truck. The other kicker is that I found out my wife is pregnant with our 4th kid, so there is no jeep out there that will fit all 6 of us...
Full size is the way to go... Nice and roomy...
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