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P.R.exploder69

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finished the beams today, added a gusset from the stock part to wheere the balljoint extended, then added a gusset over both parts. gonna start the tear down tomorrow. hoping to have it all on by friday.









 

P.R.exploder69

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way to tired to post a bunch of pics and write up, so ill do it tomorrow while at work. but heres one. got the beams, 4:56s, and everything but the bypasses installed. didnt have time so i just threw the stock ones on for now. went to a bad ass trail that ended at bartlett lake. defiantly more of a rock crawler trail but it did great. SO much fun.





 

P.R.exploder69

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ok, so basically this thing was rushed to get put together this weekend so i didnt get to do as much as i could, but all worked good enough to have a blast sunday which im more than happy about.

picked up a rear end with 4.56's and a limited slip, not a locker like a thought, and also the front 3rd member with 4.56s and limited slip also from my friends ford junkyard. swapped the rear end and also put in some 2" blocks i had from an old lift kit because otherwise it sat staring at the moon. also he had some radius arms off the truck the gears came out of, so i decided to just use those since there were bushing mounts like i planned on running. then i didnt have to build any in such a rush. so i swapped all the axles and what not into my new beams.
put new ball joints in and what not... which is where i hit my first problem, the new ball joints had a big ass nylock nut on the lower ball joint, and it hit the U-joint and wouldnt let it spin the axle. so i just ground down the nut at an angle a little bit for it to clear. not sure what else to do in that situation since the stock ball joint nut was about half the height?
so i did that on both sides for it to clear. then i put the beams together and mounted them back up....

as i was cycling them and what not for the radius arms, i noticed the U-joint in between the two beams was binding quite a bit as one beam was up at full bump and the other at about ride height. couldnt really do much, so i continued the install. got everything mounted up, cut the front half of the stock coil bucket where i planned on mounting the bypass. but this was saturday at about 10pm already and we were going out sunday morning. so i decided to just put one of the stock procomp shocks back on for now, so that it would also limit my travel and i wouldnt get to much U-joint bind.
added a little gusset plate to the front of the coil bucket so it didnt bend up at all.


sunday morning went out to a new trail that was more of a rock crawler trail, but it did pretty damn good after putting the tires to about 15psi. everything did good other then some u-joint bind that made some knarly squeeking noises and also, when we got back on the freeway i noticed my front end was sitting about 2" lower and the camber was negative... got back to the shop and re-aligned the toe to see if that was off. wasnt off to bad, checked for anything bent and couldnt find anything. i just feel like the BDS springs even being brand new wouldnt settle that much lower? there supposed to be pre settled, but who knows how much i guess.


so whoever said fuck reading this novel i just wrote..
how does everyone get so much travel with there beams without that center U-joint bind im getting?
and any thoughts or ideas on the springs settling or why its sitting so much lower?


posting pics now..
 
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