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post #1 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Building my own a-arm spacer

Just installed a 3.5" lift and I'm doin a total budget build, but doing it right and not cutting any corners. The prices for the a-arm spacers are a little much and plan on building my own. Teraflex - $146, IRO - $99, KOR - $95, Rusty's - $95. I need to take some measurements, but I could buy all the material for $15, actually my brother has plenty of 3/8" or 1/4" steel for this part. Now, I'm not complaining, other than the teraflex price, the rest are reasonable considering; material cost, supply and demand on WJ's, labor, the cost of running a business, and making quality products in the US isn't cheap. I know first hand as a co-owner of an american company designing and manufacturing high performance audio equipment for harleys, Hawg Wired, it isn't cheap.

So, has anybody made their own before? And does anybody have some input or reasons why I shouldn't? I'm going with 3/8" or 1/4" steel and plan on trying to duplicate Rusty's spacer. Aluminum 2" stock is too expensive or I'd just go that route. Here's the pic I'm basing my idea off of. Plus I like little projects like this, keeps me busy without spending too much money. I'll post pics when i get it done, probably in the next weekend or two.

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As long as you're a competent welder it should be a breeze. IIRC the spacer is actually 2.25" high. I'd recommend buying a new upper a-arm joint and using it to help you model the spacer in order to insure the bolt holes line up perfectly...

Oh, and you do know what this means right??? (The "****, I can make that for 1/2 the price" attitude )

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As long as you're a competent welder it should be a breeze. IIRC the spacer is actually 2.25" high. I'd recommend buying a new upper a-arm joint and using it to help you model the spacer in order to insure the bolt holes line up perfectly...

Oh, and you do know what this means right??? (The "****, I can make that for 1/2 the price" attitude )
if means if he's a good welder and can do this quickly and easily, he can potentially make some good money
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I have to admit that I have seen those aluminum block a arm spacers before and thought what a rip off myself. I can make those in like an hour and it wouldnt cost much at all. I am all for lift companies making a profit and all but that spacer is plain murder.
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if means if he's a good welder and can do this quickly and easily, he can potentially make some good money
I just bought a welder and am going through the same stage. I'm setting up a rear axle and building a skid...I'm easily saving enough money so that the welder has "paid for itself".

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As long as you're a competent welder it should be a breeze. IIRC the spacer is actually 2.25" high. I'd recommend buying a new upper a-arm joint and using it to help you model the spacer in order to insure the bolt holes line up perfectly...

Oh, and you do know what this means right??? (The "****, I can make that for 1/2 the price" attitude )
Yeah, the weldng isn't a problem. My Lincoln 3200HD and me are pretty close and we work well together I'm actually gonna pull out the stock plate that mounts to the differential tonight to take some measurements. The wife and kid are dead asleep so it's play time for me I realize this will take a little bit of work to get it right but making it strong enough is no problem, I'll make sure it's over kill. I just need to get all the holes lined up properly on the first pass. Some company's make a 2" spacer, others make a 2.25". I figured I'd make it 2.25". I'll keep you posted on the data I gather and if this pans out, I'll post pics when I'm done. To some people, it may seem like a waste of time to save $100 bucks, but I think of it as a fun little project when your on a tight budget. I don't have new parts to install, they're all on my Jeep, so lets make some


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Just keep in mind, the Ball Joint in the rear comes really close to the floor boards at full compression with the suspension stock. Basically NEED to BS however tall the spacer is.
IIRC, the IRO is 2.5", I am planning on cutting the one I have down to 1.5".

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