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Old 07-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #51 (permalink)
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If the carrier does just fall out or come with little work, I'd have the dude who set them up do it again with the correct preload.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #52 (permalink)
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This is encouraging.

When I change the diff fluid after break in I will check the seal. There is more than enough for break-in.

The vent is clear.

I must have nicked it when installing the inner shaft.

Edit: Any one use the rolled brake line.? Down side?

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Got the master cylinder roughed in. I was looking at the lines running down the frame and they appear to be in great shape. I see no reason to replace them at this point.

The lines off of the old 44 fit the new 60 with minor tweaking. So I started looking at the rears. Started thinking " Why not run all braided stainless".

Are there any serious down sides to running this way. I see a lot of buggies with a shit load of it. There is a local shop that seems reasonable.

This would save me a shit ton of work. I have a flare tool and have replaced lines before but thought this might be cool.

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Other than it being a waste of money and it being a little harder to tie up, I don't see why not as long as it's the right kind of hose.
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So no benifit?

Maybe I'll just buy a couple sticks and get under there then.

I will still replace the frame to axle drops though.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:26 PM   #56 (permalink)
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So no benifit?

Maybe I'll just buy a couple sticks and get under there then.

I will still replace the frame to axle drops though.
That's what I done on my Ramcharger. I saw no other benefit other than lightening my wallet.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Had a couple line made up today. will pick up tomorrow.

$190.00 Holy Fawk. For two drops an two caliper lines in braided S.S.

Well hell at least they will look pretty.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:01 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Looks great. Could you give a break down of the disc brake parts. Would be a nice upgrade for my Ramcharger. Thanks.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:36 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Coverbuster,

I tried several different disc brake brackets in attempt to find a bolt on bracket.

This became a pain in the butt as everything I ordered seemed to be just slightly off or required a bigger spacer than I wanted to run.

I the end I ended up using a kit from " Gubni ". He is a vendor on here and was really cool to deal with.

His Dana 70 kit was 300.00 shipped. I paid to upgrade the hoses to stainless.
You can price these items separately and maybe save a couple bucks, but for me it was easier to just order it at one shot.

So much easier than trying to get the parts monkey to figure it out for you.

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3/8" thick laser cut brackets (weld on)

new GM rotors (80s 3/4 ton)
rebuilt GM calipers with steel pistons
semi metallic brake pads
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banjo bolts with copper washers
anti-rattle clips

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:23 AM   #60 (permalink)
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Thanks!! Looking forward to more updates on your build.

I wonder if you could fit a Ramcharger fuel tank under the back ?? You would have almost 50 gallons with the sidesaddle tank!!!

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:07 AM   #61 (permalink)
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The 35 gallon Ramcharger tanks are practically a bolt in deal if you grab the crossmembers.
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Does the RC tank fit completely behind the rear axle.

Had not thought about that for extra capacity.

Thought about it when I was toying with linking it.
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It does on a Ramcharger and a short bed should have about the same amount of space, if not more. Here you can sort of see the back side of the tank's skidplate in this pic of my D60 install in my Ramcharger:



If the pic shows up upside down, blame Photobucket the their worthless assed servers for uploading it upside down and then not updating correctly even though I edited it to rotate it back around.
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Got the master bench bled and installed. Went with the disc/disc master from a 69 Corvette. Had to ease out the mounting holes a little.
Existing connections fit, just had to switch front to back.
I will try it with the existing proportioning valve and if needed toss in an in-line adjustable and ditch it.

I have the power bleeder from work. Should make short work of it. I still need to tack weld the mounting tabs to the rear axle.

Is anyone familiar with this style of MT rim? It appears there are 8 bolts holding the outer ring on. Could I get a larger ring to cover the bead area? That will fit? Or would I have to get something custom?
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:26 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Does the RC tank fit completely behind the rear axle.

Had not thought about that for extra capacity.

Thought about it when I was toying with linking it.

I'll get a good pic or 2 up for you on Mon or tues, got in late tonight.........

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #67 (permalink)
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here ya go. Best i could do with out a lift..........

Rear J bolt strap mount.

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Rear Dif clearance, plus my hitch mount. I'm running tons.

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Front strap mount, I think a fellow with your mad skills will get something worked out.

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Now, shag your ass to the bone yard and pull a tank, filler spout, cut out the filler door and get a 500 mile cursing range. I THINK, that a bash plate was mounted but removed on my rig to get that abortion of a hitch installed, maybe a Ramcharger guy will chime in ....

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:06 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Not all Ramchargers came with the fuel tank skid plate though many did. They were commonly removed to use a hitch since the aftermarket hitches that were available required the extra clearance. I would guess the one in your pic attached to the shock crossmember is someone's homemade design.
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103 degrees out today. I said foogit grabbed some beer and openend up the front wheel wells when I got home. This is a good start until I can flex it at work with the fork lift.

Still need to get the brakes bled and break in the axles. I can only borrow the bleeder on the weekends.

Replaced all the rubber fuel lines since I had to replace the piece the cat clawed when I started it with him under the hood.(cat is fine)

Almost able to drive it again, bout friggin time.

Had to cut the exhaust out of the way when I did the shackle flip. Sure like the way it sounds now.
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Wow Coverbuster.

Dig that crazy ass hitch.

I'm going to have to look into this further. I do like the "Idea" of increaed fuel capacity. Allthough 70 gal of fuel is a lot of weight and $$$$.

Right now I just gotta get this bitch moving so I can see if there are any F-ups or corrective measures required. Hope not, tried not to half ass anything.
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70 gallons, yea that would be a hit. Cost me 95 to top it off yesterday!! BUT 700 mile range would be great !!

Elwenil, I've seen them in the bone yard with and with out. Frames look to have the same holes , might grab one.









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The '81-'93 versions of the fuel tank skidplate should fit any of those years and were an option so all the frames of those years should have the holes to mount them. Look for rust though as they collect a lot of dirt and gravel and then rust out on the sides. I thought about finding a replacement for mine that is getting a little rusty and decided I'd rather fab a little heavier one since it's not hard to dent the stock one.
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"Country, Coors Light??"

You guys were not supposed to see those.

Decent maintenance beer when it is hot out. Plus I like the screw top cans
(16oz).

A shot or two of something decent and I don't much care what I chase with.

This shit goes down like water. I can't drink micro brews when it is to hot and function.

Them damn colledge girls got me started on that shit.
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If I decide to pursue this further I would definately fab a skid plate.

I am looking at my existing skid now and thinking of something for under the gas tank as well. That plastic tank has always made me nervous.

My tow hitch will be in what ever bumper design I come up with. Gonna lose the chrome for something a little more substantial. The front is bent anyway. Little old lady in a taurus drove under my truck one day.

This thing was heavey to start with, I'll have to have the guy at the dumps weigh me when I'm finished.
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The '81-'93 versions of the fuel tank skidplate should fit any of those years and were an option so all the frames of those years should have the holes to mount them. Look for rust though as they collect a lot of dirt and gravel and then rust out on the sides. I thought about finding a replacement for mine that is getting a little rusty and decided I'd rather fab a little heavier one since it's not hard to dent the stock one.
Good thought, get the right sized rock between the tank and plastic tank an a hole will soon be.

I think a person could fab up a nicer on than stock pretty fast, maybe some 2'' drain/rock holes.
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