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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Custom Draglink Hits Frame. Need Opinions

I have a 95 YJ with 5-6'' lift, Revolver shackles, and SUA.

I purchased RuffStuff's 7/8'' heim steering kit, also Blue Torch Fab's steering bracket for Dana 30.
Everything fits great and operates silky smooth, but my draglink hits my frame.
Ive heard of notching your frame to allow the steering to come up more, but im leaning toward some heavy duty bump stops to keep the axle further from the frame, or should i just go spring over... Help me O'Mighty suspension lords







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Unread 07-10-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Looks like you need to go spring over......
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Unread 07-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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Soa or sua it'll still hit the frame if you have the same amount of uptravel.

How hard is it getting into your frame compared to your tires wanting to rip the fenders off? If it hits at about the same time extend the bumpstops. If not just notch the frame with a small piece of tube.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
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I understand the double sheer thing - but what if the DL was installed on a "standard style" DPA, instead of the current one?
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Unread 07-11-2013, 06:40 AM   #5
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How hard is it getting into your frame compared to your tires wanting to rip the fenders off?
I have since installed a full set of MetalCloak fenders. theres no way the tires are getting that high now.

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what if the DL was installed on a "standard style" DPA, instead of the current one?
I have a CJ-7 pitman arm that i want to try. This pitman arm was hand built and kinda just an experiment.

Itll prob take a combo of notching the frame as well as bumpstops. Ill try to get a measurment from the top of the axle to the bottom of the frame today...
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Unread 07-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #6
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I think you have your options covered. If max articulation is what you want, notch the frame if its going to get you more uptravel. If its only an extra 1/2" bumpstops would be easier/quicker and hacking the frame might not be worth it. a combo might be the winning ticket.

on a side note, why do you have your MTRs mounted wrong on the passenger side? the tires clearly read... they are asymetrical, but not directional.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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I'm not sure how SOA would fix this issue. You'd still hit it if your tire flexed that far up.

I think you're on the right track with either notching or extending your bumpstops.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:34 AM   #8
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It might just be the pics but.... Beef up that draglink mount and put the Heim below it.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:40 AM   #9
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why do you have your MTRs mounted wrong on the passenger side?
They have been turned around. Didnt realize until it was too late.

Ill see this afternoon what the measurments are and go from their.

New question: Does anydoby have experience with Daystar's Stinger bumpstops?
Ill either be getting those or a big ol ugly, cheap rubber stop.


Thanks for the support fellas
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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Still no measurments, its been a long day.

This is what im thinking by notching the frame though...
then maybe some bumpstops if theyre still needed
Has anyone cut into their frame like the pic below?
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&sa...6&tx=127&ty=54
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #11
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Yea, I've notched 'em in a similar fashion.

We notched one yesterday (to make room for a custom hydro assist steering set-up on a Rock Jock HPD60) which went upwards at ~45* angle, then flat for ~4", then back down at ~45* angle. The D60 is set-up with F450 knuckles and hysteer arms making northern room a premium between the links and frame. So we frenched it.

I didn't get a pic of it, but I'll be working on it again tomorrow if you'd like to see a pic.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #12
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didn't get a pic of it, but I'll be working on it again tomorrow if you'd like to see a pic.
sure would like to to see it.
Im in the beginning stages of notching my frame, but it doesnt look to hard.
From that google pic it looks like they also welded a flat plate on top of the 'french' for some reinforcment...
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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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Frenching the frame is a little intimidating if you haven't had much practice at it, or lack the tools/skills.

We do it almost daily, or at a minimum, weekly for several reasons.

Here's a shock/coilover tower we frenched into the frame recently:



Here's an example of one my friend did:

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Unread 07-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #14
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Another pic of a member frenching his frame for DL clearance
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Unread 07-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #15
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Joe, I may be PM'ing you soon as I'm getting ready to tackle a 3 link front 4 link rear and may have some questions. Looks like your doing the same thing there..
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