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Old 09-09-2010, 03:03 PM   #151 (permalink)
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I gotta tub my firewall first, then break in the R&P's. I also need to put a hitch on the back of my tow rig.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:13 AM   #152 (permalink)
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After flexing the suspension for the first time, I noticed several things that needed changing. First, and foremost, on full stuff, the front tires would contact the body seam at the rear of the fenderwell. I did a search and found a lot of info. Here are the results of that:

First I cut out the offending sheet metal. I used three different tools: an air body saw, a sawzall, and a die grinder with a cutoff wheel. You have to be real careful when using the sawzall- it's aggressive.

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:14 AM   #153 (permalink)
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Here's an inside view:

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:17 AM   #154 (permalink)
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Then I made a template and transferred it to a piece of 16 ga steel. I cut it out with a plasma torch and skip welded it into position.

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:19 AM   #155 (permalink)
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I siliconed the edges both on the inside and outside of the patch and painted it.

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:23 AM   #156 (permalink)
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I then reflexed the suspension again until I was at full compression, indicated by one wheel lifting. Nothing made contact. The rear tire looks really close, but there is some daylight there.

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:25 AM   #157 (permalink)
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Here's the left, front on full stuff, with the wheel turned to the left- no touchy!

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:26 AM   #158 (permalink)
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One more poser droopy shot:

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Old 09-13-2010, 06:39 PM   #159 (permalink)
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:56 PM   #160 (permalink)
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new locker is on the way! you planing on going to moyie? wanna try and get some time in before or after moyie out my way? let me know.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:20 PM   #161 (permalink)
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how about an update Owl?
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #162 (permalink)
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Here's the left, front on full stuff, with the wheel turned to the left- no touchy!

if that is full stuff why is your fender cut out so much, you have like 8" you couldve left in there
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if that is full stuff why is your fender cut out so much, you have like 8" you couldve left in there
looking at the pics, he didn't trim off 8"s, the lip is still there on built in flare, bet he only trimmed 2" out, so he could not leave 8"s,lol
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When those springs 'break in', it'll stuff more.... and probably rub the tubbed firewall a little bit. Which is cool... 'cause it end up being just right!

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Old 09-22-2010, 10:19 PM   #165 (permalink)
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looking at the pics, he didn't trim off 8"s, the lip is still there on built in flare, bet he only trimmed 2" out, so he could not leave 8"s,lol


yep your right.
i looked back and its probably no more than 2inches cut out. well dang thats a lot a of room left and im sure the springs wont break in that much, on my rig i was able to only cut the front and back and still have the factory look on the middle/top of my fender maybe if i ditch the 39.5's and get 42's i could get a reason to cut more
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:13 AM   #166 (permalink)
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The only new update is I added a set of rock sliders (pre-fabbed). I've been doing some driving and getting used to the rig. The one thing I can say is that since installing the "bomb proof" motor mounts, there is alot more vibration. But, I expected that and I can live with it. Warpig- any word on your front axle situation?
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got the locker on monday, gave it to Lloyd on wednseday, supposed to pick up the new third on Friday, hope to install on saturday or sunday and thus be able to break in the new set up in time for the mudd boggs next weekend. i sure hope that you are planning on going to the boggs owl
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o and where are the pics of said rocksliders?
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:20 PM   #169 (permalink)
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So, Moyie is the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of Oct?
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:16 PM   #170 (permalink)
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thats what i have been told by several people so i am going with it. that is next weekend, i will be ready as will spinney and sounds like Gray and his runner will be there, should be a good time as usual. im going to go up fro friday and saturday, you gonna make it or what?
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Yeah, I'm putting the hitch on the back of the CUCV as we speak. Are you camping there?
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:02 PM   #172 (permalink)
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yes i will be camping on friday night. got my rig assembled today, i am good to go and ready to rock. cant wait to do some wheeling together...seeing as how we have the same tires and such, should be a pretty fun match up! post up some pics of the sliders owl
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ive read through the whole thread and didnt catch what springs your running on the front/rear? im assuming tg's but it what variety? thanks
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ive read through the whole thread and didnt catch what springs your running on the front/rear? im assuming tg's but it what variety? thanks
Sorry for not being clear on that, yes, they're TG 5" springs, front and rear.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:57 PM   #175 (permalink)
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I just picked up this 83 for 600 bucks and am hoping i can make mine look half as decent as yours. Keep up the awesome work!!!
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