|Yesterday 09:54 AM|
|rockwood||I've also cut some 1"x1/4" DOM about 4-5" long, put a 7" long 1/2" nut/bolt to clamp it, then stuck it in my drill press and hit it with an angle grinder to taper either end (then cut in half) to make shock bosses. Lathe? Fuck that: $59.99 HF drill press dawg.|
|Yesterday 09:08 AM|
|Yesterday 08:00 AM|
|Yesterday 07:31 AM|
|rockwood||If it's binding on the tabs like it appears to be: wider spacers will help.|
|04-01-2020 01:44 PM|
|Harry Johnson||I should have just done trailing arms. So much room in front of the axle, and then I could have been in the cool kid motion ratio club. Ah well, this way is probably better for my bank account.|
|04-01-2020 01:17 PM|
Been there done that.
I like to match the bolt direction top and bottom personally, but the way you have it should work when setup right.
2.5s are hard to fit outboard like that just in general I think.
|04-01-2020 01:14 PM|
|04-01-2020 12:51 PM|
|04-01-2020 12:12 PM|
As far as getting the back half frame straight, you couldn't do worse than OEM. On my 1994 Explorer frame rails, the passenger side is almost 1" higher than driver side. Ford says that's within specifications. When I did the SAS, I got the coil over mounts where I thought they were even without anything flat and level to go off of (uneven frame rails, uneven body mounts, uneven concrete, etc.). I was very close, but have to adjust passenger side coil over spring 1/4" lower than the driver side to get it to sit level. When I redid the rear shock mounts for the 3rd time the passenger side of the cross member is 1" shorter than the driver side in order to get the shocks to have the same travel side to side.
|04-01-2020 10:18 AM|
Your mounts don't have to be level (the bolt horizontal) at ride height. Rod ends don't care what angle they're at, as long as they're not in a bind.
You could knock those mounts loose, flex it out and tack the droop side mount on so it's just before it binds. Do same on other side. Make sure it isn't binding at full stuff flexed.
If you don't get anymore binding, then the angle it sits at at ride height is it's "happy place".
That said, if they were rotated 90*, they would do a better job of dealing with the misalignment from flex.
|04-01-2020 09:54 AM|
Yep, when I tacked on my lower shock brackets, I thought I was being smart by adding a little extra space between those brackets and my calipers. Turns out I moved my shock tabs too far inboard on the axle and the droop side shock binds at not even full flex.
My hope is to move those brackets more outboard on the axle and re-test.
The other option would be to flip the bracket so the shock pivots side-to-side rather than front to back, but I have a little bit of rotation front to back as well, so I don't want to have the same issue on a different axis:
Supposed to rain this weekend, but now that she's rolling around under her own weight, maybe I can clean out that side of the garage and get that done inside for once.
|04-01-2020 09:47 AM|
So the state of California celebrates Cesar Chavez day, so being a state worker, I had yesterday off. I took the chance to get the other side done.
After a short side trip into trying to figure out how to make sure both towers were going to be the same height and angle even though I don't trust that I made the back of my frame straight or that my driveway is level, I got it worked out by just measuring the angle off of the non-molested part of the frame by my upper link mount and then aligning the shocks to that. I was also worried that I was going to get the height wrong, so for that, I measured the distance from axle to base of the shock tower on both sides at full droop.
After that everything went fast. One thing led to another and it was sitting on its own weight again!
It's sitting rear high, since obviously spring rates were calculated with gas tank, cage, seats, bumper, spare tire, cooler, ect. installed.
Next up I pulled the springs so I could do a clearance at full bump and flexed. Full bump looked good after I added some clearance for my axle side upper link bracket:
Next up was a flexing it out. I didn't get to full stuff before I realized there was a problem. Can you guys see what it is?
|03-30-2020 01:11 PM|
I was complaining to my buddy with a JK about having to hack up the frame. He was like "Bitch please" and sent me this:
|03-30-2020 11:34 AM|
|the freeak||uh, you left a little frame rail on the inside... might as well cut that off and back half it.|
|03-30-2020 11:34 AM|
After that, I took the shock tower and jammed that puppy back into the hole. Little banging with my favorite tool and then some clamps and viola!
Tacked her in and hung the shock:
After that, I set it to the desired full droop distance, bolted the axle side shock tabs to the coilover and tacked it on:
Finished shot of driver's side at full droop:
Clearance is much better frenched in:
Unfortunately, that's all I got to do this weekend. Spent the rest of the weekend getting in some outdoor time with the kiddo.
|03-30-2020 11:30 AM|
Well, I got back at it this weekend. So in classic I Have No Idea What I'm Doing fashion, I ordered some shock towers for my coilovers that I thought would work, realized they stuck out too far. Stubbornly decided I wasn't going to cut the frame... and then ordered some shock towers to cut the frame up and french in.
I left a note to remind past self that present self disapproves of his ideas:
First thing's first. Aparently a Beer Santa exists during California Shelter In Place Protocol and this showed up on my porch:
Now that we're good a lubricated like a well-oiled machine, the new towers came in and I did some welding to get them ready. Note to anyone still following this- I really shouldn't be allowed to do any welding that isn't a flat t-joint, but it's Corona 2020, so the talent pool was a little limited. Once everything had cooled, I now had to figure out how to actually cut the frame to french these puppies in. They were kinda heavy to just hold up there and trace an outline, so I had to get creative. Searching around my garage, I found a shitty wooden dowel(what could possibly go wrong?):
I went hunting for my paint pen, and luckily for me, it took a while to find it, otherwise, this would have been on my head:
Fine. You want to play rough Mr. Shock Tower? I've had beer and I own a welder:
What now bitch?
Unfortunately, the hanging angle of the tower was not desirable, so I had to modify it. Much better:
Some of you may be thinking that it's sitting pretty high up there for 14" coilovers. You would be correct. I clamped that puppy in place and "adjusted" the height using my favorite hammer:
A little tracing and a little cutoff wheel action later and...
(right where my frame extensions fish plated to the old frame... not sure how that's going to go. Upside- I got to check out the penetration of the welds on the other side. Not bad.)
|03-28-2020 07:56 PM|
|Mattafact||Bump. Done yet?|
|03-18-2020 01:53 PM|
|03-18-2020 01:25 PM|
My parents haven't said anything about it, but they're old and don't get out much, so they might not notice even if it was in place.
|03-18-2020 01:21 PM|
What if I don't like the place I'm sheltering in?
|03-18-2020 09:27 AM|
As long as UPS is still considered an "essential service" in my area, it looks like I'll have something to work on while I "shelter in place"
|03-17-2020 10:45 AM|
If my new towers don't show up due to coronavirus, that might be my new quarantine project... That is if I ever get told to go home.
|03-17-2020 10:34 AM|
|rockwood||Can you put shorter tabs on that tower and surrender (french) it in below that?|
|03-17-2020 10:24 AM|
|03-17-2020 08:02 AM|
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