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11-06-2011 06:51 PM
954rrpaulo what brand are they? i wanted to get a little more lift in the rear to counter the thor bumper i mounted on the front
11-05-2011 10:26 AM
backcountryislife Very happy with the guard dogs, for offroad use though I'd avoid the kedge grip.
I use it on my Cummins, and they do very well, but on the guard dogs, It softens it a bit too much imo. My rears have taken some chips off from me driving like a moron & spinning too much... other TW guys have said that getting rid of the kedge will help that.


As for the shackles, I found a set that was built from one piece on ebay. I don't see a reason to have a welded unit when it can be done with a one piece construction. They were about $45.
11-02-2011 08:09 PM
954rrpaulo hey backcountry.. what shackles are those?

also how do u like those guard dog 315's... im about to call treadwright for a set 2morrow..
10-01-2011 08:33 PM
backcountryislife Cranked the front back up (23.75) and went out with a buddy today, found some connectors to a popular trail, good times.





found a mining cabin off a road I go down all the time...


Checked out the mine... but it was caved in a little ways in



Wheeling... just too much fun!!




Haven't slapped on the shackles, got to get them on & get another alignment before we head to moab for the last 2 days of Black sheep!
09-21-2011 07:43 PM
backcountryislife got a little mini xmas today...

Got shackles & a set of adjustable deflators... SUCH a handy thing!!!

got to slap the shackles on before the weekend, looking forward to a that extra little bit!



Oh yeah, went wheeling across from the house on a road I found this evening, this is looking at the valley I live in. (phone picture... sorry!)

09-18-2011 09:51 PM
backcountryislife Went up to Bill Moore lake today... place was EMPTY, it was great! Little cool though!!



got some new fresh up high... almost sled season!!!




N empire trail time lapse from a Canon G9 on a ball head bolted to the Hi lift on the roof, batteries died JUST before the lake!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2011728374920

Tried Red elephant first, and our friends with a Cherokee put their upper trailing arm through their tranny line (any idea why this is possible on that thing???) so they had to turn around, which was interesting, had to back down a decent ways!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2012011982010

another great day today! boy, having the doors off sure does make for a bunch of cleanup later though!!
09-14-2011 07:39 PM
Bebe
09-14-2011 07:12 PM
backcountryislife
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Originally Posted by Bebe View Post
My SOA cost about $300.00 in parts - if you have a friend who can weld and measure - it's stupid easy.
whoa, whoa, WHOA... that's asking for a lot isn't it????

I know how to use a tape (I'm an estimator for a construction company) and I can put some SERIOUSLY NICE pigeon SH**... I'm all over it!!

With how cheap shackles are, I think I'll try them first, and see how they do... then go from there.

Small changes with the ability to change back if needed are where I'm at for now (yeah... for now) I'm not 100% that I'll stay with this machine, I may be looking at picking something else up eventually mostly due to the lack of power, and the fact that I've got to dump a decent amount of money to get it to locked & better low range. An alpha with the nr6 package would be more ideal, just not sure if I want to dump that kind of money either.

Low commitment, low $$... for now!
09-13-2011 10:11 PM
Bebe My SOA cost about $300.00 in parts - if you have a friend who can weld and measure - it's stupid easy.

The driveshaft was a little more - but you could take yours to a shop and have it lengthened for a hundred bucks.

So worth it and you can get your rake back.
09-13-2011 10:09 PM
Bebe
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Originally Posted by backcountryislife View Post
well... not sure what those are, but pretty sure they're out of the budget as well!!!!
A new Leaf spring pack

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Originally Posted by backcountryislife View Post
so, any reason NOT to get a set of shackles? I'd really like to get that rake back, and gain a bit more clearance in the rear.
No - I had them for a couple of years before I did the SOA. I would recommend Samco fabrications over others.


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Funny, brought it to get an alignment... and they LOWERED the front to bring it back into alignment!!!! ARRRGGGH!!! It was free, but now I need to crank it right back up... killing me!
That is Lame - need a different shop!
09-13-2011 08:41 PM
backcountryislife
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Originally Posted by Bebe View Post
If you were to buy a set of Deavers or Alcan's it would cost you the same as a spring over.
well... not sure what those are, but pretty sure they're out of the budget as well!!!!

so, any reason NOT to get a set of shackles? I'd really like to get that rake back, and gain a bit more clearance in the rear.





Funny, brought it to get an alignment... and they LOWERED the front to bring it back into alignment!!!! ARRRGGGH!!! It was free, but now I need to crank it right back up... killing me!
09-11-2011 06:47 PM
Bebe If you were to buy a set of Deavers or Alcan's it would cost you the same as a spring over.
09-09-2011 06:02 PM
backcountryislife Holy cow... that's a lot more work than I'm up for. I'm sticking with bolt on's for now!!!!


The ext shackles look like an easy choice though...an extra 3/4" would help a lot. Each of my bottom outs last weekend were VERY close to passing.

I think the AAL or maybe just NEW leafs (not sure if that's reasonable price wise?) would help a ton too, it feels rather spongy. (maybe just new shocks?)

Just need a 10" lift & a set of 44's... then it'll be PERFECT
09-09-2011 09:44 AM
Bebe
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Originally Posted by backcountryislife View Post
Can't find the spring over mod that you mention, tried here & alcova, and get nothing (well, don't get what I assume I'm looking for)

Not understanding how the t-case would be an issue for the ECU, the primary running gears are the same (right?), the only place where it would be different would be in 4L... and no stabilization in 4L... also I'm a manual, so no tranny issues.

Planning on sending it (ECU) to wayne hartwig, so it wouldn't be the end of the world though.
If you do get the 4:1 transfer Case - you will need to program your PCM/TCM. I believe the 06-07 has a combined PCM/TCM there is also a TCCM (transfer case control module).


Most everything you need to know about the 3 can be found here:

H3 Manual
09-09-2011 09:38 AM
Bebe
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Originally Posted by backcountryislife View Post
TP... thanks, saw those in another thread, they look like a good answer, I assume that the ABS line extensions that offroad escape had in their kit weren't really needed as long as you just disconnect them from the fenderwell?

I'm gonna pull off the swaybar links in the AM (and pop those off), hoping that I'm issue free. Gonna tie them up with a bungee cord for the day, should work I hope! Hitting some bigger stuff tomorrow, hoping some more articulation will help me out a bit!

The ABS line is mounted with a clip to the frame - to lengthen, rotate the clip 1/4 turn counter clockwise and gently pull some line through. It will give about 2-3 more inches of line but be very careful!
09-08-2011 09:22 PM
Bebe I have it here too:

H3 Spring over
09-08-2011 07:08 PM
HummerNewbie
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Can't find the spring over mod that you mention, tried here & alcova, and get nothing (well, don't get what I assume I'm looking for)
OMG Elcova, that's where a lot of us originally met years ago. Didn't know it was still around.

Bebe has a very long thread (but well worth the read) over on HXC about it. Search SOA Conversion with Author HummBebe and it should come right up.

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Originally Posted by backcountryislife View Post
Not understanding how the t-case would be an issue for the ECU, the primary running gears are the same (right?), the only place where it would be different would be in 4L... and no stabilization in 4L... also I'm a manual, so no tranny issues.
It might not but with all the info the computer collects to control everything I wouldn't be surprised if it does need programming.
09-08-2011 05:55 PM
backcountryislife Can't find the spring over mod that you mention, tried here & alcova, and get nothing (well, don't get what I assume I'm looking for)

Not understanding how the t-case would be an issue for the ECU, the primary running gears are the same (right?), the only place where it would be different would be in 4L... and no stabilization in 4L... also I'm a manual, so no tranny issues.

Planning on sending it (ECU) to wayne hartwig, so it wouldn't be the end of the world though.

btw, some shots from spring creek... (no good shots of me getting my arse handed to me though, sorry!!)













First high center.

Bent the t-case tin foil... gotta replace that with something decent.

(started the day with 2 doors off, but gained 2 passengers when my buddy's yota had issues, so pulled one back door since you can't roll other windows down once the driver door is gone)





this was the only other guy along who was somewhat close to stock.

09-08-2011 06:22 AM
HummerNewbie The other skids he makes that you saw were for the rear shocks and definitely help there as well. I went with a different set but they are few and far between so not likely to find any and Hunner's are great.

I would suspect that you will have to reprogram if you swap the t-case. Not sure about finding the gears to do a swap but guessing they have to be out there somewhere. As far as the units on ebay being from '06, not an issue other than they are now 5 or 6 years old. As far as I am aware there have been no changes to the t-case through the model years. They only gearing change that I am aware for is the fact that Alphas come with 4.10 gears in the axles versus 4.56 in all other models.

The H3 actually shocks a lot of people in what it can do in stock form. I have a lot of mods on my truck but most are protection or accessories such as winch and Gobi rack. The only mod that truly helps get me where a bone stock H3 can't go are running 35s, no lift, so I consider mind stockish. That being said I wheel with everything from completely stock rigs to some all out build rigs. Of course I am not going to be able to follow the all out built rigs but running with the average wheeling rig they are normally surprised what the H3 can do and the only things that usually prevent me from doing everything they can do is clearance and just plain not willing to risk the damage. More often than not they are obstacles that the truck can actually do but I don't attempt due to the risks. As time goes by that will change though
09-08-2011 12:41 AM
06 H3 Love your enthusiasm. Nice looking H3 I dnt post much here. I am on Hummer4x4Offroad alot but wanted to compliment your rig. As for the rear you can do shackles or spring over. Add a leaf is an option too but id rather do a shackle. Other then that your onto a rancho lift. H3s are very capable in stockish form. I run with jeeps that are locked front and rear 6in lift 35s or more and I can run with them on just a tbar crank which is amazing but clearance is my biggest issue. Id like to do what Bebe does but don't have the skill yet but id keep wheeling if height is still an issue look for a rancho lift. Seeing your not an adv package. I would look for an extra case so you have a spare. The BW cases are tough but its always nice to have one in the garage so you dnt have down time if something breaks

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09-05-2011 08:31 PM
backcountryislife
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Originally Posted by Beat95YJ View Post
The gears are in the case. Swap the case, swap the gears.

You may have to reprogram the ecu depending on how the abs, speed sensor and traction control work.
oh yeah, was just wondering if it made more sense to swap the WHOLE case (buy another one) or if there's a decent source for JUST gears to slap in my case. Got a buddy that just did his yota for $200... so was hoping I could find gears instead of the whole case. (also never quite know how an ebay deal is gonna go)

Also noticing the ones on ebay are ALL 06 versions, which I think were a 3.75? If I'm gonna do it, might as well go to the lowest I can, I can always use a higher gear! Seems like new gears make the most sense, I just can't find them.
09-05-2011 08:21 PM
Beat95YJ The gears are in the case. Swap the case, swap the gears.

You may have to reprogram the ecu depending on how the abs, speed sensor and traction control work.
09-05-2011 07:55 PM
backcountryislife
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Originally Posted by HummerNewbie View Post
You should check out Bebe's spring over mod in the back. Those front leaf spring mounting points are a major PITA. Hunner makes some great skids for them and believe he just did another run. Got a set myself sitting in the garage, just need to get them welded on.
Those are the ones I was thinking of, looks like a VERY needed add to me!!! Thanks Mark.

I saw the ones that you mention, but also saw another one he makes & didn't catch what it was for.

Need a better one for my t-case... bent the current peice of tin foil up good!!!


Looking to switch to the lower ratio also, looks like you can find the adv. model t-case on ebay for about 650, but I can't find gears anywhere... would it just be a direct swap to put the 4.1 version in instead of swapping gears?

The higher gear ratio was a significant issue this weekend... man, this is gonna be my typical situation... gonna take it easy, yeah right.
09-05-2011 05:46 PM
HummerNewbie You should check out Bebe's spring over mod in the back. Those front leaf spring mounting points are a major PITA. Hunner makes some great skids for them and believe he just did another run. Got a set myself sitting in the garage, just need to get them welded on.
09-04-2011 10:53 PM
backcountryislife wow... could have used more of SOMETHING today!!! took a frikin BEEETIN.

did spring creek trail (rating 8/10) and took 90% of the main lines, I spent way too much time on my skidplates either high centered or slamming my front leaf spring mount points. (saw some skids for them... that's the next item on the list). I left metal all the way up all the hard features!!

I was definitely the lowest vehicle there, no question. Most of them had 6" minimum on me!

Had a blast, but found out how much harder some of the stuff by me can get (this is the hardest trail for a ways around here) good times!

As to the shackles/ aal... I feel like it's a bit soft as it is, I was thinking that the AAL would be a help. I'm not as worried about flex as I am, simply being able to get up stuff that's bigger. Some of the ledges/ rocks today were 2' or so, and I kept hanging my suspension on them when I was on line, where nobody else was. (I WAS the most stock machine that kept going after the 2nd obstacle) Traction isn't as big an issue for me as simple clearance, most of what I'm on is rock, very little dirt.
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