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SByota

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Started the repair on the passenger fender today. I have never done fiberglass work before. Definitely fumbled my way through it today. I used some old aluminum tape from my HVAC days and hold the broken pieces in place. The bottom section needed a piece of aluminum flat bar to strengthen it.

The goal was to reattach the broken pieces and get them somewhat close. Then I can do a second round of repairs to smooth it out a little.

The broken pieces are attached now and somewhat close to where they should be. Some grinding, sanding and resin and they will be useable again. Pups were lazy today and basically napped the whole time.
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oorracing

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DONT flutter a bypass, that defeats the whole purpose of having a bypass. Flutters are to “soften” low shaft speeds movements. Or allow the shock to cycle a very short distance in a high velocity (think chatter bumps). Either way it allows slow shaft speeds to move more easily. What does a bump zone do? Transition from a faster shaft speed to a slower one, HOPEFULLY catching before using all of the stroke. A flutter with make the truck feel softer than it really is.

With the high shaft speeds a shock on the axle sees, .015’s have been proven to be too much (unless you have a good amount of weight) and .012’s are almost not enough, use the larger .012’s with the smaller .015’a on compression, and mostly .008’s on rebound.
Drill either one of those poppets out, it will help.

Last tidbit of information I’ll leave is trucks work better everywhere with the tubes more closed off than open.


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SByota

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DONT flutter a bypass, that defeats the whole purpose of having a bypass. Flutters are to “soften” low shaft speeds movements. Or allow the shock to cycle a very short distance in a high velocity (think chatter bumps). Either way it allows slow shaft speeds to move more easily. What does a bump zone do? Transition from a faster shaft speed to a slower one, HOPEFULLY catching before using all of the stroke. A flutter with make the truck feel softer than it really is.

With the high shaft speeds a shock on the axle sees, .015’s have been proven to be too much (unless you have a good amount of weight) and .012’s are almost not enough, use the larger .012’s with the smaller .015’a on compression, and mostly .008’s on rebound.
Drill either one of those poppets out, it will help.

Last tidbit of information I’ll leave is trucks work better everywhere with the tubes more closed off than open.


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Thanks for the advice!

The flutter stack is what was in the shock when I took it apart. While I never drove it in the dirt, it felt marshmallow soft around town the through dips.

Valving in the rear will be a combo of .012” for the first 3 shims and .015” for the last three. .008” on rebound. I’ll drill the rebound poppet out. 1/8” hole? Bigger smaller?
 

SByota

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Did some slicing on the cab to make room for the front tires. This is full bump and full lock. Definitely didn’t take enough pictures. Sealed off the hole with some 18ga sheet. I’ll seam seal it and paint it once I get the other side done. Fenders requires quite a bit of trimming too. The windshield washer tank on the passenger side also had go. I’ll put a universal one in the engine bay.
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SByota

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Finished off both sides this morning. Used my normal CAD template material and the cheapest seam sealer from Amazon. Check out that fancy caulking gun! It’s probably 20 years old now, left over from my HVAC and roof metal days. Man that was terrible work! Pups are definitely getting used to the garage noise.
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