Fuel cell in the rear, I'm sure you all ready thought of that.
I know that adds to the bottom line cost but a under built truss and big leveraged tire's dont mix, then add in what we are asking the rigs to do along with locked axle's and low gears it puts alot on a OEM axle, one ton or not.
I did think of that, yes, but keeping as much storage in the rear as possible is the paramount concern; so, no fuel cell relocated to that area. I've thought about doing some gas-tank tuckage, but haven't really decided on how it will happen, yet.
In my opinion, for the majority of folks running smallish 35" and under, it's a bit overkill. Anything can fail, I think we can all agree to that. Common sense goes a long way-whether it be skinny, size, setup, build, etc. Sometimes it isn't the size or amount of steel used, but the engineering behind it that makes it work. With my rig on 33s and POSSIBLY 35s, I have no doubt simplicity and lighter weight will work just fine. Hell, I've beat on it this long now without, this is just added insurance as far as I'm concerned. Keep in mind, I'm talking specifically about smallish tires. I agree 100% with bigger meats.
I'm all for overdoing something, but I agree that common sense has to have a place in the build scheme. Furthermore, I'd submit that there is a point in every system in which overkill begins to hurt much more than help; this could be in any aspect, ranging from financial to geometric. I'm looking at 35's for the foreseeable future, so a truss is very much "added insurance." If I was seriously looking to 37's, then I'd likely be thinking of a different axle altogether.
I can some what agree Mike, but you say smaller tires that means smaller axle's, like 44's or 8.8's. So it in my mind it evens out, smaller axle's and smaller tires but in the same league as me on one tons and 39's. See the point I'm making???
Yep, it's a scaled comparison. I'm not going to mathematically analyze 39's on tons in comparison to 35's on a 44, but unless the numbers are way off it makes a lot of sense.
Sundowner insteed of building up build out, you can angle the truss back and it will still serve a purpose. Not like a truss thats in line with the tube's like right over the top of the housing. But none the less will help with deflectching in a housing.
I thought about that, but I'm still sort of into the gas tank's vicinity and I'm not sure what that'll do to my upper link geometry on the axle end. I'd like to keep the upper ends close to centered over the tubes and the lowers directly in front of the tubes...that seems to be a very workable arrangement and it gives good ground clearance. I like the thought of taking something out to the flanges on either side - that'd be massively strong - but I'm still not settled into what I'm going to do about springs and shocks; it's either outboard the shocks and relocate the springs into some semblance of alignment, or do a lot of the same work and go to coilovers. That kind of has a bearing on what I do with the truss. I really want to get everything cut off of the rear axle and then take a look at it as a clean canvas - that'd be the absolute best way to see where I want my links - and then decide what to do, but there's no way I can take that long to do the four-link rear. I need to have her off the road for less than a month or two.