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Unread 07-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #136
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Sometimes if the caster angle is off the steering doesn't go back to center like it should. Anyone that's ever had to drive with the steering doing that soon wants it fixed. I bent the stablizer on my Dodge pickup last year and that thing was dangerous to drive that way. Keeps you on your toes though.

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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #137
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After many delays I've slowly been making progress on the suspension. Figured I would need to install the new leafs before correcting what may be a caster problem since the steering wheel does not return to center.

So I bit the bullet and ordered up some Old Man Emu leafs. Took advantage of the Quadratec's free shipping offer for forum members.
Started with the rears. Install was fairly pain free since I had been PB blasting the necessary areas for a while now. Just put it up on jackstands and used my impact wrench to remove most of the nut and bolts to drop the old leafs and install the new ones.
Old leaf and new leaf:




Here is how it sits with just the rears done.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:43 PM   #138
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Next was the front. I decided to go back to OEM so I had to remove the shackle reversal system.
Front spring hangers/crossmember thingy.

All nuts/bolts came out pretty easily....except for one bolt that started to turn but then snapped. After wearing out my shoulder trying to drill it out I remembered an idea out of a thread I saw. I believe it was ErikEastman's......the "redneck drill press". Worked good! Then tapped it.

Next was the removal of the shackle hangers.


It now awaits the install of Jim Crabtree's stout shackle hangers.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #139
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Redneck Drill Press! Funny stuff!!

Looks good Turtle.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #140
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Do not rely on JUST bolting in the main eye hangers. Look at your rear ones. They use 2 big rivets AND are welded on each side of the frame. The replacements can use bolts in place of the rivets but they also need to be welded.


Will also be having these welded on to the frame tomorrow. Will welding be enough? Or do I need to bolt them on as well? The reason I ask is, there are no holes in the bottom of the frame on the passenger side for these, and I believe the captured nuts may be unusable on the the driver's side.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 09:05 PM   #141
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Redneck Drill Press! Funny stuff!!

Looks good Turtle.
Thanks! Just trying to get closer to you and Clay!
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Unread 09-22-2012, 02:24 AM   #142
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I took off my rear shackle system as well. I welded the the new brackets back on. I used plug welds in the the rivet holes and holes between them. I had to put a spacer between the frame and the tab to keep it centered the frame on my 84 is thinner in this area- see below. Then I welded around the whole thing. Best picture I have to show it. Don't worry about the brake lines, it's a right hand driver.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #143
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Thanks for the info Dan. That looks good! Mine is similar on the left side where it may need a small spacer but I might be able to avoid it.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:52 AM   #144
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Love the redneck drill press! Looks good, are you taking measurements so you can see exactly how much lift you got?
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Unread 09-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #145
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Love the redneck drill press! Looks good, are you taking measurements so you can see exactly how much lift you got?
Thanks MoC, it getting there. I did take some before measurements. I've already seen a difference in the rear so when I get the front leafs on I'll take some "after" measurements and post the difference.
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Unread 09-29-2012, 06:24 AM   #146
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Hey Turtle. just did get around to your thread, nice score for 8 bills! Im just over in Palatka so we're kinda neighbors. Ive got a CJ7 that Ive been slowly freshening up and its got a WT 20 rear w/Moser 1 piece axles, welded tubes and 3.54 cogs that will be coming out in the next cpl of months to make room for an early Bronco 9" that I acquired. If you think you might want it let me know. ...ocg...(Don)
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Unread 10-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #147
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Hey there Neighbor! Thanks! I actually went down to Palatka to get a set of axles a while back, but the seller flaked out on me. Looked for long time after that. I ended up finding a set of Toyota axles with 4.10's that I will be swapping in later after I go through them. Send me a PM to let me know what you will sell it for. I may know someone who would be interested.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #148
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More progress....installed Crabtree Shackle hanger and shackles. I cant say enough about these things. Heavy duty, quality and ease of install. Not to mention Jim's customer service is second to none!


Got the main eye hangers welded on.


Used YJ spring plates to fit the new wider leafs. Just had to elongate the rear inner hole on the drivers side so the ubolt would fit properly.


Then installed the front leafs.


Here is how it sits now.


From checking the before and after measurements, it is now a full 2.5" higher from the suspension lift alone, and 3.5 including the 1" the body lift. Very pleased with the ride as well.

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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #149
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The stance looks good!
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Unread 10-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #150
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The stance looks good!
Thanks MoC. Now I need some new and bigger tires!

I sold the top that came with it yesterday since I had another one in slightly better condition. This is the first time I have seen it with the top off!

Can't wait to drive it on a regular basis!

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