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Old 04-09-2009, 04:34 PM   #101
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:13 PM   #102
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Taking advantage of the time at home.

My second rotor came in yesterday. Gotta stop and say Bob at Wasilla NAPA was great, double I bought the rotors in Gainsville FL a year+ ago and carried them up as baggage. I only opened one box at the store and when I got home I found they were two styles Bob swapped out the one I didn't want, no receipt, no charge! It took a few weeks to get here but that was fine.

I got it mounted up and starting trying to figure out how I'm going to mount rear springs.

I found out that the front springs are pretty soft when I hung the rear frame from the engine hoist and pulled out the jack stands Not bad just suprised me.

Pics are when trying to figure out clearances when flexed. I think I'm gonna have to chop off the frame from the cab back if I use some kind of cheap coil design A major effort for sure. Another option is elliptical but it doesn't really excite me.





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Old 04-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #103
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Looking good man. Can't wait to see that thing finished.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:12 PM   #104
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I think I'm gonna have to chop off the frame from the cab back if I use some kind of cheap coil design A major effort for sure. Another option is elliptical but it doesn't really excite me.
So are you shifting gears from a practical Moose Buggy / Trail / Fishing / Camping rig to a rock crawler? Or Have I mis-understood the concept of the build (as usual)

I'll go back and read from the start.....

Looking great though! I am very jealous indeed
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So are you shifting gears from a practical Moose Buggy / Trail / Fishing / Camping rig to a rock crawler? Or Have I mis-understood the concept of the build (as usual)

I'll go back and read from the start.....

Looking great though! I am very jealous indeed
Thanks Mike. I go back and forth on the design decisions asking that same question, crawl or moose buggy. Right now I'm crawling after moose

Trouble I'm having is fitting springs tween frame rails and tires, there is no way to fit'm tween the third member and the rails. Coilovers are not an option too many $$$ and too complicated. Not enough room under the frame rails for coils.

Here's my, admittidly sometimes mess up, thinking. The frame rails are massive, 8" "C", 5/16" thick. I need a bed over the backhalf. A bed over the frame rails = really heavy. Do I really need those rails to support the bed? Could I solve the spring problem, make a bed frame and loose some extra iron all in one shot? I also need to fab in a fuel tank and mounts somewhere in back. I also think about rear radiator. But figuring that just makes my head hurt.
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:50 PM   #106
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Built a frame for the seats. Mounts down to the sliders in the rear and to the frame in front. Forgot to get pics of below the cab...

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Now to a challange, the front clip. Remember that from the drivers seat with the hood on I couldn't see the ground out front for 25'. That just wasn't going to work.

Start with this



Remove this



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Cut the inside and fold





Hard to see - that wedge that was removed will be trimmed and fit back in



Hopefully the tires will clear and I can repeat the process for the drivers side
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:54 PM   #108
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Starting to look like a TTC competitor! Great work! finally some good full pics!
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:02 PM   #109
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Pics are when trying to figure out clearances when flexed. I think I'm gonna have to chop off the frame from the cab back if I use some kind of cheap coil design A major effort for sure. Another option is elliptical but it doesn't really excite me.
I had the same issue on a stock ford frame and the same thought process. Since the bed is for gear/winch only and the suspension links mount to the real frame I used 2x3x3/16" tube for the rear of mine and bolted the bed on. The adjustable coils bolt to the end of the old frame. I just stacked the tube for 1 foot of the frame to give me a 2" offset.







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One side all done. The second is welded up. This while fitting and tacking together



The view from the welding table

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reminds me of a ant eater!
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:02 PM   #112
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Back to working the rear suspension. Got some spings from AKBearMoose. Made some mounts and found that they were too soft. So I dug out some Ford springs from |AK|Chevelle. They are stiff and make the rear sit high but I'm hoping that with fuel and a bed and accessories they will squat a couple more inches.

Stretching out the springs to find full droop.


Fitting shocks.

The tire is 24" off the ground and the rear bumper 57". I don't think it will ever stuff this far cause the bump stop will be hard into the side of the spring. But I really don't know. It's hard to see but the bump base is 4" to the left of the rubber bumpstop







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Old 04-20-2009, 09:00 PM   #113
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Bummer they didn't work...sorry...next 12 pack is on me
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:35 PM   #114
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no sweat. you hear of anyone needing them just holler.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:13 PM   #115
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If you want to try out my XJ superlifts before I get them in my rig to get an idea you can. Like I said from my trials I'd say 240 or better.
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semi truck airbags with a plate on top for capture. They would be adjustable.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:47 PM   #117
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semi truck airbags with a plate on top for capture. They would be adjustable.

Yeah I looked at bags. On the fly adjustment would be sweet but I couldn't get over the potential for poping.
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Build a new tool so I could build more stuff Made a big bender for my press. Still have some refinements I'd like to make but put it to work right away.

This is the bottom of my fuel tank.



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More tank building pics. Will hold about 55 gallons.

one side on



then another



sump with drain



sump with baffle



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Old 05-01-2009, 06:56 PM   #120
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:25 PM   #122
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Question on air tanks... I've got 2 from the original truck. Is 1 enough or should I use both? I have no plans to carry air tools on the trail. My tires don't have but a couple pounds. The only reason I have to have air is for the lockers. If I only need one I can use the other on my pickup.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:37 PM   #123
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How much air pressure do the lockers require and what kind of compressor are you going to run? I know that the airpacks when fully charged are around 100psi, give or take a little. So depending on how many times you engage and disengage them I don't know how long a single tank would last without some kind of compressor.
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How much air pressure do the lockers require and what kind of compressor are you going to run? I know that the airpacks when fully charged are around 100psi, give or take a little. So depending on how many times you engage and disengage them I don't know how long a single tank would last without some kind of compressor.
Many people use a portable co2 tank to engage and disengage air lockers. Honestly I don't think it takes much.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:03 AM   #125
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if i remember right my new arbs said 75psi - a max 0f 85 psi
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