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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Beater pics and questions

Well, I finally found some decent places to test out the beater's flex, but I'm usre I can get more out of it in the right position.. I don't think this is anywhere near maxed out - lots of spring left, and a bit of shock..

Here's the best one.. Damn I miss the rocks and trails back home.

This one's not so good, I didn't push it as there was a cliff next to the truck..

Some nice frame flex - note the gap between the bottom of the box and the bottom of the door..

And my freebie transmission stuff in my apartment

Ok, now for the questions:

Have any of you succesfully stiffened the frame up with a bunch of braces or something??? It would be nice for the suspension to work more than the frame. Any other ideas on how to limit frame flex?????

And anyone care to hazard a guess at what the beater would score on an ramp (haha that should be funny)..

Again, sorry no action shots... most of my trips are solo.
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<font color=green>To get more flex you can take out the overload leaves in the back, make sure that the spring clamps are not squeezing the leaves together, and remove the front swaybar if you haven't already. As far as the frame flex, I'd bet that alot of that flex is actually because of worn out body mounts. I have poly body mounts and it really cut down on the frame flex. My problem with bracing the frame is that odds are you'll get parts of the frame real stiff but if you miss just one area than all of the flex is going to be limited to one area and you'll end up cracking the frame in that spot. To do it right you'd have to box the whole thing, but that would make it difficult to mount all of the electrical, fuel lines, crossmembers and all that stuff. I'd do the body mounts and see how it works after that.
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shaggy makes some good points about the mounts(or if they rusted off) Adding a cage is the best bet(much easier in a blazer I know) or boxing the frame will help but like shaggy said......all your lines gota be reran and whoever does it has to be carefull not to screw things up. Adding lateral(parallel to the axel) braces wont do much IMO but will help a little.
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actually i've been thinking about frame flex for the last couple days and have come up with a solution. it is perfect for a trail beater too. basically it's a roll cage, but you make some huge 500lb front/rear bumpers that attach to the frame with huge bolts, and lots of em. then you bring some big tubing straight up from the edge of the bumpers to just above the height of the cab. then you run tubing straight back to the other bumper, and put some diagonal cross bracing along the way between the two rails. if you made it slightly wider than the cab, you could tie it into some rock sliders under the rocker panels to further strengthen it. this would not only eliminate frame flex but also give you an exo cage in case you roll the truck. you'd probably need to add some heavier springs to hold up the weight but man the truck would be a battle tank after you finished it. i was thinking it would look ugly as sin on my truck but on a beater, who cares?
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