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Took out the flat RUF leafs and put in 5" TG leafs. Went with the 5" because the kept the axle the same amount forward as the RUFs did, may take a leaf out if they dont break in and sit lower. Sits pretty damn high right now. Also need to relocate my shackle hanger a little bit back, new leafs are touching the frame lol. Have some new hangers coming in the mail as I type this.

RUFs hanging





5" TGs in



Sitting on rollers



Test run to the brewery across the river





 

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Truck has been running good, aside for the shackles resting on the frame lol, decided to fix it by welding on some new shackle hangers a bit further back. Its going to lift it even more, I will see how I like it when the springs finally settle.

Last run poser shot


Axle off, springs hanging. This is as far as I got today, got the week off cause this whole Corona dealio




Old boomerang shackles, and the new kit I got from SKY




I also broke my Cardan joint pretty good, new one coming in the mail. Going to chop the old one off and weld on the new one, easy fix

 

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Got the new leafs in, new front driveshaft in, took it down for a test run and broke the front driveshaft because I didn't think to test the driveshaft clearance with a jack. Oops, replacements is coming in this week, as well as axle shims to fix the pinion angle that is off by just a hair.







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Also, the truck is finally at a point where the axle will remain in the same spot for a good while, so I ordered some shocks and will be welding in the shock towers this week as well. No more bouncy as shit ride
 

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Yep their brand new, I think my mistake was getting radials instead of a set of bias ply tires, the sidewalls just cant take any aggressive rocks. I did get a $100 warranty on all of the tires though, so I have three more free replacements to go lol
Right, like all those koh race rigs that run bias ply :rolleyes::flipoff2:

You're probably running too low of pressure. Bias need to be like 5 psi on the trail, where radials need to be 10-15 to keep the side walls alive.

I'm not following on the shackle mods, I would be putting them in the stock hole and redoing that huge drop hanger in the front.
 

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Right, like all those koh race rigs that run bias ply :rolleyes::flipoff2:

You're probably running too low of pressure. Bias need to be like 5 psi on the trail, where radials need to be 10-15 to keep the side walls alive.
I've only ran 10psi at the absolute lowest and still went through two of them, I'll admit im not a tire guy so I have no idea what they run in regards to bias vs radial. I just did a search of why sidewalls would give out and that came up, I'll start running higher psi and see how they hold up! Or maybe just run them at 3 psi until they all go and say fuck it :flipoff2:
 

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I've only ran 10psi at the absolute lowest and still went through two of them, I'll admit im not a tire guy so I have no idea what they run in regards to bias vs radial. I just did a search of why sidewalls would give out and that came up, I'll start running higher psi and see how they hold up! Or maybe just run them at 3 psi until they all go and say fuck it :flipoff2:
I know a few guys who had to run 15+ to keep their radials alive. Especially if you drive fast through rocks, more pressure is your friend.
 

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I know a few guys who had to run 15+ to keep their radials alive. Especially if you drive fast through rocks, more pressure is your friend.
Thanks for the tip, i'll run 15 next trip and see how they do!
 

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Got the axle shims in and on the axle, rolled it under the truck then decided that they were a ghetto way to fix the problem and ordered new perches. Cut off the stock perches and shims, put on the new perches at a slight angle to bring up the pinion angle a bit to where it was before with the RUFs which will allow the driveshaft to clear it self. Also stole and idea from Mr. Stubs Krunch build thread and extended the perches an inch to prevent any axle wrap which would grenade the shaft like before.

Also got my shocks and shock towers mounted, drove the truck to work today and the ride was way smoother than before. Going to flex it out with the forklift at the shop to measure for bump stops. I know the proper way is to take out the leafs in the leaf pack and all that jazz, but its a shit box so this way will be fine :flipoff2: not planning on jumping it or hitting whoops at speed, so the only time the bumps will be hit is at full stuff when flexing, so it makes more sense to me to take measurements like this anyways

Didn't take many pictures since I was in a rush to get it all done

Axle off the truck and cleaned up


New perches welded on, painted, and mounted under the truck




At the shop





Also took some measurements and may have used some of my Sugar Daddy Trump check on getting a hydro assist kit :smokin:
 

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Put my half door on since its warming up here in CA, forgot how exposed it left the driver seat. Made a door bar to keep rocks out of my face when pivoting on them. It also opens, leaving it bolted in for now, will run pins to make it easier to open when light wheeling, will use the bolts when doing more hardcore trails like down at the hammers. Those trails like to bash my doors in...


Was going to do a fancy one like this, but I felt that if a rock came in and hit the lower bar it would tweak the whole thing and fuck it up, so I went with the one bar





Bar can swing all the way out, past 90 deg.

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Added a plate to the back side of the coupler dealio to help guard from the bolts shearing and sending the tube into the cab in case it takes a large impact.



Fender fits on nicely, need to touch it up a little bit but I am happy with it.

 

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I've always thought an external bar like that would be a great way to avoid crushed doors. Not very practical for a multiple-use vehicle like mine though !
 

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Got the fender cleaned up and looking better around the bar, also finished the passenger side but forgot to take a picture, looks pretty much the same so just imagine this side but on the passenger side



Also took the truck down in the river bed behind our house for a river day since it was finally hot here in CA

 

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Finished up the Hydro Assist this weekend. Drilling and tapping the box was not as difficult as I thought it would be, that teflon seal is a bit of a pain though.

Box out


Tapping


Installed and hoses ran


Ram Installed


Got it out for a test on Saturday, did great, turning was super smooth and easy. Took it out on Sunday to mess around and I bent my tierod :homer: The issue was that I didn't fully weld the tierod to the tierod ends like I was planning on doing. I just tacked the tierod to the bolt, and not the TRE itself. Tires were jammed in a tight spot, ram pushed through and twisted the tierod forward and bent it a bit. Oops
 

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Redid the hydro assist ram mounts and also replaced the bent tierod. Did it right this time around, ran the truck a good amount of times over the line that bent it last time and it handled it no problem, no bending or twisting so I am happy with that. Only got pics when I was parked, so deal with it
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