post #181 of Old 08-02-2010, 02:00 PM
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Thanx Gerald.... I think the arm length will work out great and getting better clearance is going to help alot too. I want to take it out this fall to JV for sure.
The front end is just about done. The new lower shock mounts are finished mocked up and tacked in place and you wound up with 5.5" or slightly more in uptravel.

Both lower control arms have the platforms for the shock tabs done and welded on, and the only major things left are welding it all up, a bit of paint, pitman arm modification, and notching the frame for the draglink.

We should be tearing down the rear axle tomorrow afternoon.


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in on this thread so I can learn how to tear off all my suspension and rebuild it with large sums of cash and sweat.
I think the sums of cash might surprise you. Robert will be out of this with near full custom suspension for about the price of an off the shelf long arm kit from any of the good manufacturers and probably less if you took it somewhere and had the kit installed.

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I think the sums of cash might surprise you.
Yah.. Large sums of cash and me aren't usually associated together

Thanx for the update Blaine. I'll be down in a day or 2.
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The new lower shock mounts are finished mocked up and tacked in place and you wound up with 5.5" or slightly more in uptravel.

Both lower control arms have the platforms for the shock tabs done and welded on,

And when can we expect pictures of this?



The poly bushing delete on the trackbar looks nice. Troys poly bushing cost me an axle bracket.
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Makes this more palateable.



Lowered the shock mounts and converted them to bolt sleeves instead of bar pins to get some more uptravel.



Notch in the frame for the draglink to swing through when the driver's side is drooped and the passenger side is at full stuff.


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is that notch in the frame only there for when the driver's side is drooped and the passenger side is at full stuff? does the drag link not come close to the frame when both sides are stuffed?

i like how you mounted the shock mounts. i think i have to steal that one from you.
also, i like the use of the CJ pitman arm too.

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it's called a thread tag, and if you had some decent pics, maybe I could add some knowledge.

Glad you found the time to post that though. Says alot about your personality.
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is that notch in the frame only there for when the driver's side is drooped and the passenger side is at full stuff? does the drag link not come close to the frame when both sides are stuffed?
Nowhere near close when the axle is level at full stuff and on the bumps. What most miss when doing stuff like this is everything outside of the bumps rises above that height when the other side droops.

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You're welcome to it, we've used that when needed for awhile.
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You're close, that's Robert's stock TJ pitman that had been reamed already for a larger TRE, so we removed it, mashed it flat with a shop press and some encouragement from a largish blue flame can opener.

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goes without saying, been wrenching for decades, mechanic by trade, mech eng. by degree.
Well well well.... looks like I have a self proclaimed e-genius trolling me. How's it feel to give yourself the thumbs-up smiley LOL. Thanx again for the contribution!
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Nowhere near close when the axle is level at full stuff and on the bumps. What most miss when doing stuff like this is everything outside of the bumps rises above that height when the other side droops.



You're welcome to it, we've used that when needed for awhile.


You're close, that's Robert's stock TJ pitman that had been reamed already for a larger TRE, so we removed it, mashed it flat with a shop press and some encouragement from a largish blue flame can opener.
I had no idea you could do that. As always, awesome work, Blaine.

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Well well well.... looks like I have a self proclaimed e-genius trolling me. How's it feel to give yourself the thumbs-up smiley LOL. Thanx again for the contribution!
where's the trolling taking place? Don't flatter yourself. I'm just keeping tabs on this thread, genius.
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it's called a thread tag, and if you had some decent pics, maybe I could add some knowledge.

Glad you found the time to post that though. Says alot about your personality.
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where's the trolling taking place? Don't flatter yourself. I'm just keeping tabs on this thread, genius.
Girls, thats enough hairpulling. nobody else here wants to see this get ugly.

any guesses(or do you already know) as to the amount of downtravel you will be getting from ride height to full droop?
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Girls, thats enough hairpulling. nobody else here wants to see this get ugly.

any guesses(or do you already know) as to the amount of downtravel you will be getting from ride height to full droop?
If I recall those are 11" travel shocks? Could be 12". So, with 5.5" of uptravel he should realize 5.5 to 6.5" of down. That is perfect! Getting to the trail is tough when you only have a few inches of uptravel. A common problem with COG rigs. 10 miles back to camp in the whoops makes for a long ride back.

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im diggin the notch in the frame..great work

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I really wanted to use a flat pitman arm to allow raising the frame side of my track bar, but with the RHD the nut on the drag link already kisses the drain on the radiator...

Looks awesome!

Where did that bracket on the axle for the track bar come from? Is that part of the old suspension system or did you make it?

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