Originally Posted by aw12345
Joe what's left on it?
I want to do a custom tummy tuck. One that uses a crossmember to support the tranny & allows the Atlas to sit nice & high. I have a 1" BL & 1" MML right now which should help a little. I don't mind beating/cutting on the tub so that the tcase doesn't bang against the tub when the frame flexes or when engine torque occurs. It doesn't have to be 100% flat, but as close as possible would be sweet. This needs to be done prior to 4link work to minimize suspension rework.
The fuel tank needs to be pulled and the Genright 23 gallon tub style fuel cell be mounted and all the lines ran.
The 8.8 needs to be pulled & a RuffStuff truss added, along with cutting off the current SOA traction bar bracketry. In conjunction with that - I want to stretch the rear wheelbase ~10" and have the truss welded accordingly. This needs to be done to account for going with a rear coilover upper triangulated 4link.
Cut the old rear leaf spring stuff off & prep the frame for the RuffStuff 4link axle install brackets.
Once the wheelbase is set & the links are made, get bumpstops installed and limit straps. The bumpstops may need to be frenched into the frame.
More than likely, install a rear antirock.
Going coilover with a narrow 8.8 is going to present some challenges of its own. Its a bit wider than a normal Explorer style 8.8 due to having a prototype Super 88 kit installed courtesy of Blaine. I have added 2" wheel spacer adapters as well so that the 8.8 has a 8x6.5 WBP to match the 60 front. These adapters may help a little to keep the tires out of the coils and further away from the towers.
At some point - add hydro assist.
That's the short list.
Today, I'm doing some front end bracketry welding and some touch-up stuff on the front axle and steering.