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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2004, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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I wanted to post a few pics of my project, outboarded dana 44's, SOA, High steering, Detroits, I can't wait to hit the desert. I know I am probably going to get some slack about the trusses being low but I don't do much rock crawling.

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Re: Project Pics

Have you concidered the aspect of rolling over?
That looks like a lot of lift, how much?
And I agree w/ you about the truss.
Nice work though.
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That looks like some really nice work. I like that Truss, and the outboard/shackel reversal.
How much lift is that, and what size tires are you going to run? That does look like it is going to be a lot of fun. Nice work.
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You all forget that in the picture the suspension is fully drooped out, their is no weight on the springs. I used stock/JC Whitney springs which came out to be about 6" of lift. I have 36's and beadlocks going on this weekend. I don't think I will have a problem with roll over, the axles are about 4" wider than stock, 2" per side, which will give me a wider foot print and make the vehicle more stable. I also built a new rear bumper with tire, jack and Jerry can mount. All in all my rig was down for about 3.5 months. I am just glad to have it up again.

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Was having problems with the pics, just click the link to take you to the photos.

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Looks good. I'm hoping to do the same thing one of these days. Did you use a kit to outboard the springs or make your own brackets? Got any close up picts of the passenger side leaf spring perch?

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I bet it took 3 1/2 months just to grind the housing down to weld on that perch. What did you weld it with - did you preheat the housing, then post heat the weld to keep the cool down rates the same so there is no cracking of the weld? Just curious - might be in the same boat soon.
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I used a high nickel rod, the only pre heating I did was leave it in the sun for a while and let it heat naturally. I had no problems and no cracks. I did not have to grind too much, the front axle is out of a wagoneer and the rear was out of a scoutII. I was suprised how well it welded.

The hardest part of the project was making sure everything was where it was supposed to go and the angles were correct. I am a bit of a perfectionist so that also may explain why it took so long..

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No kits here, just looked at what was available and made it better. The outboarded brackets were not to difficult, I just incorporated them into the front bumper to make a really strong unit. The design is very similar to the Poison Spyder kit. I will put some other pics up tonight.

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Looks great and like you did a nice job. But my only question is why you needed that much extra strength on that axle.
Still.........a nice looking job.
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