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Unread 09-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Full width outboard rear shocks question

Im still collecting parts, but Im about 99% sure I will be running the H2 wheels with 37x12.50 tire. My question is with using the H2 wheel will I still have enough room to outboard the rear shocks? I was going to purchase the Ford shock towers. If possible I would rather not french the frame. Thanks!

Edit: Minimal frenching if possible

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Unread 09-26-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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Do you mean H1 wheels (military double beadlocks)?
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Unread 09-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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Pretty sure he means H2s. They have pretty decent backspacing
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I do mean H2 wheels. Vegas you were correct I want the H2 wheels so the jeep doesnt look like a 1970's roller skate. I just dont know what that backspacing will leave me with as far as out boarding the shocks. I was hoping to find someone running the H2's and outboarded shocks. I have seen quite a few rigs through the years that are running h2 wheels so I know that a couple of them have out boarded the shocks. Im just not a fan of reducing a 2-1/2" wide frame rail. Epecially considering the moments that will be put on it during offroading. I see some of these frenches people are doing and as a mechanical engineer I can tell you there is no way in hell their now 1" wide (or less) frame is not going to tweak in the applications they are using it for. Now maybe some gusseting or cross bracing between the frame rails could mitigate that, I just havent seen any examples of any.
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Really it all boils down to the width of your rear axle. What rear axle are you planning on running? You're going to have to French your frame. Unless you're running a 70" wide rear axle with 2" of backspacing.

Or you can chop you're rear frame off and build a new narrower frame so you don't have to French it.
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I agree with Vegas.
I wish I could help you, but I'm completely unfamiliar with H2 wheels on anything but a hummer. With H1s, you've got some options; however, from what you've said, I don't think that you'd like them.

I understand that you want the benefits of full width axles, shocks set outboard, and a narrower track with the H2s. I also understand why you don't want to slice into a relatively thin wall frame and potentially reduce it's strength (especially with the spring hanger right behind it); however, you've got to compromise somewhere. Unless you find someone who has done this with the exact same axle and wheel, you're going to have to mock it up to find a happy medium. You can only fit so much into the space available.
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You will have to do something. I have 35's with 3.75" BS and was about 2" short. How about this?



Honestly the best option IMO. I'm not just saying that because it is what Ive done. I have heard many times not to weld vertically across a box frame. But rather to use through bolting to secure things to a frame. If it was a coil sprung vehicle I would not have a problem cutting and frenching. But with leafs that area does take some additional stress.
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What rear axle are you planning on running?
Exactly.

Not mentioning this puts a real damper on quality feedback.
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Sorry sterling 10.25.
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