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post #256 of 347 Old 02-19-2013, 10:11 PM
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just out of curiosity do you guys plan to build anything to box the truss to make it a little sturdier? i run a pretty high torque application and I’m starting to bend the top plate of the truss. its a great sturdy project but once you break 400ft/lbs in 4 low it starts to cause havoc.
That means you're doing it right! Must have some balls to bend and warp 1/4" steel, that's sick


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post #257 of 347 Old 02-19-2013, 10:15 PM
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its not bent much yet, i just started noticing it after a few WOT runs. its just barely visible around the upper link mounts that its pulling up and turning the upper plate into a W

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its not bent much yet, i just started noticing it after a few WOT runs. its just barely visible around the upper link mounts that its pulling up and turning the upper plate into a W
Do you have all the seams/joints welded?

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Do you have all the seams/joints welded?
yep i alternated sides to avoid warping things with heat too much and did 3 passes on each joint/seam

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yep i alternated sides to avoid warping things with heat too much and did 3 passes on each joint/seam
Holy cow! I've been sitting here thinking about how much time I've spent welding on mine and can't believe it's possible to bend it.

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Holy cow! I've been sitting here thinking about how much time I've spent welding on mine and can't believe it's possible to bend it.
yea i think for the truss + welding it on the axle i used about all of my 8lb spool of wire. i really cant see it bending at all with even a heavily modded i6 or a mild v8 but with 5.13 gears a high stall tranny and a 6.0 **** happens

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yea i think for the truss + welding it on the axle i used about all of my 8lb spool of wire. i really cant see it bending at all with even a heavily modded i6 or a mild v8 but with 5.13 gears a high stall tranny and a 6.0 **** happens
If/whel you box it, maybe add this thing in there too?
I'm gonna add it to mine when I rework the uppers...

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The one good thing hitting the snag on the trac bar is it allowed me the time to order the bridge. Brown Santa tracking says it will be here tomorrow
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Maybe you've gotta truss your truss

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Finally got mine in (the Jeep) a few weeks ago. Ordered the damn thing in July. School sucks.


Artec, the shock mounts were a major issue for me. They didn't line up correctly when put on per instructions. Also, they were way too thick, so the shock body would hit the bracket before the holes would come close to lining up. We had to cut them off, grind them down significantly, bolt them to the shock, and use a jack to compress the shock and tack the brackets in correctly. Otherwise, the Artec kit worked pretty well.

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Finally got mine in (the Jeep) a few weeks ago. Ordered the damn thing in July. School sucks.

Artec, the shock mounts were a major issue for me. They didn't line up correctly when put on per instructions. Also, they were way too thick, so the shock body would hit the bracket before the holes would come close to lining up. We had to cut them off, grind them down significantly, bolt them to the shock, and use a jack to compress the shock and tack the brackets in correctly. Otherwise, the Artec kit worked pretty well.
Did you put a bolt threw them during the welding process? Could have warped... Also their instructions say to tack, fit, then finish weld. So if you tacked them and tried them out first you could have addressed the problem a little easier.

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Did you put a bolt threw them during the welding process? Could have warped... Also their instructions say to tack, fit, then finish weld. So if you tacked them and tried them out first you could have addressed the problem a little easier.
No bolt but it didn't warp. Didn't have time to install it, tear it back out, an reinstall. That would take a while. But they weren't even close. It seems I'm not the only one with this problem. A review on their site says the same thing.

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No bolt but it didn't warp. Didn't have time to install it, tear it back out, an reinstall. That would take a while. But they weren't even close. It seems I'm not the only one with this problem. A review on their site says the same thing.
I hear ya, I had the same problem... Time! Fortunately mine ended up working out, I'm glad yours did too after a little alteration

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I hear ya, I had the same problem... Time! Fortunately mine ended up working out, I'm glad yours did too after a little alteration
So far the Artec kit is the only thing that has worked. Gave up on the ebrake.

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