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Old 12-23-2014, 10:47 PM   #51
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You've seen my junk. Short of hitting a train it's hard to imagine bending something
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:32 AM   #52
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If you can get a good template made you can bring it to alaska steel. I can trace it and turn it into whatever thickness you want. If you come in talk to Kelsey and say james told you to came in. Can get away with a little more and I can talk straight to you if I have questions.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:30 AM   #53
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Scott I can cut out what you need when I get back in April
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:01 PM   #54
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When I've needed to make several parts the same, I usually tack them together, do any machine work required, i:e: drilling, profiling, milling, grinding, then grind off the tack welds and separate the pieces. A simple jig with alignment pins, bolts. pipe etc. can ensure the parts are matching, even when building a weldment, like the one pictured. As mentioned, making one end adjustable would greatly simplify making suspension adjustments.

The guideline for what joint to use would be decided by two factors, 1. strength 2 Rebuildability/field serviceable.

As far as adapting a SD frame to the Suburban, I would think it would be easier to fab a frame incorporating your desired features and engine/trans/tcase than to adapt everything to an existing frame/body. No reflection on your fab skills, the end result will most likely be a compromise due to having to deal with all the separate issues. YZ450Kid had an excellent write up on his frame build.

My 2 cents. Good luck. whatever path you choose.
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:42 PM   #55
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It looks like you have software to design what you need. All I need is to have it in a DXF format and I can cut out the parts.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #56
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If I had a business it's be called Field Fit Fabrication cause I can't design something before I build it. Never anything off-the-shelf that works so I start with one piece of steel and add more until it makes sense...

Front hangers for rear springs








now if I can make one for the other side that matches
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:13 PM   #57
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a pair ready for paint



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Old 02-18-2015, 05:03 AM   #58
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those are sharp lookin scott
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:24 PM   #59
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Those are awesome!

You should make extras
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:35 PM   #60
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Got rod ends?
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:29 PM   #61
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Hadn't planned on going this far... Wrestling that monster out from under was a chore. Wire wheeled and acid etched in prep for POR.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:41 PM   #62
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Building radius arms









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Old 08-22-2015, 09:49 AM   #63
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Fitting the big pieces



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Old 08-28-2015, 03:40 PM   #64
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Always fun to see it when you pull all the stops and go all out lol. Looks amazing Scott.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:53 PM   #65
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Another big piece fabbed up, radius arms. I hope they are close enough to the same that the rig drives straight











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Old 10-06-2015, 07:44 PM   #66
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I like that the spring hangers surround the spring eye, one less snagging point.
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:47 PM   #67
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Mocking up the radius arm cross member, eyeballed the measurements for the lengths of the radius arms, cut it much too close



So pushed the axle forward, kinda messes up my alignment guides



may also move the engine back a half inch or so.

but for now it clears tho the pic doesn't show it




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Old 10-08-2015, 01:08 PM   #68
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good lord!

if king kong had radius arms these would be them!

Man i need to to get to a stage i can do this type work, its very impressive, plus i could save a ton over the shipping from ruffstuff!

really like that rectangle tubing for the arms over the round tubing everyone uses. what does each radius arm weigh?
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:23 PM   #69
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Would it be easier to relieve the crossmember for clearance? Can't tell if it it easily removable or not. Flex in the engine/trans mounts may allow contact under load.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:29 PM   #70
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I think drivers drop rotates upward under load, but now I gotta go recheck

No idea on weight. They have less steel than Carli arms but these are about 10" longer than stock
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Rotation in reverse gear would probably cause contact if you are correct, probably needs to be addressed either way. Good luck!
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #72
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Well this didn't work out as planned. The goal was to make the cross member removable. Unfortunately I could not fit a flange and still clear the front output section of the t-case.



So after some head scratching I started cutting it up



then making a new cross member section.





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Old 10-17-2015, 04:51 PM   #73
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I think this will work





One hard part was fitting the two ends and having it come out the correct length. No magic, just measure many times before cutting. Came out great, both cuts were square and it popped right in.
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:19 PM   #74
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It needs to be removable because the transmission mounts to it. I didn't want to be dropping the front suspension to get the tranny out. Lesson learned from the buggy.

Fitting the parts of the tranny mount.





and that's where is sits... next is to remove the cross member and weld out the tranny mount then box it in.
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:55 PM   #75
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My father Robert says its looking good! He said he knows you from school, Are you going to cross plate the tranny mount plates? For shear?
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