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That is a good point. I have defiantly thought about the receiver hitch, but hate how they look hanging off.



I was thinking about some type of siding setup that used hitch pins to secure it.



Mount the winch to some 1/4" plate? Maybe 3/8? have this plate slide into some slides to keep Z axis travel from moving, then a few hitch pins to secure it x and y. I will try to draw something up in CAD tonight.



Bumper wise I would make the top part of the front bumper on a hinge and it can just lift up, kind of like a grill top.



Rear bumper the license plate area would slide down.

My old truck had a ranch hand bumper that the PO had installed. It had a front receiver hitch that stuck out. I liked the utility, but really didn’t like the looks.

I have seen some bumpers with a built in receiver hitch that has the front face flush with the bumper. They have a access point to put the pin through the tube.




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His dash is fucked. Typical Dodge.




Wait, that's my job. :laughing:

C'mon where's the pics of the long arms? :flipoff2:
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He’s busy building a 3 link :eek::flipoff2:
 

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Nice fab and well thought out on design! This is to improve off road ability?

I have 97 Ram 2500 and also wanted long arms but it’s not my off road rig, more of a tow rig/multiple purpose truck. I’ve learned that the stock, short arms up front really is OK for ride quality. It’s the rear that what ruin the ride quality. Either a bit of weight in the bed or proper (aka heavy) tongue weight make it ride nice.
 

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So looks like my buddies updated y’all for me.

I have been pretty busy with school the last week but will update this soon. I’m still going to continue the build thread as I was building it. Both as a personal log and for if anyone in the future that might want to try the same thing.



Some parts as they came off the cnc plasma.


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Why did you post the same picture 4 times?? :homer: is it because it’s a 4 link or something? So 4 is 4
 

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So, for some reason I don’t have nearly as many pictures putting the brackets together as I thought I did. After getting all the holes drilled it was pretty straight forward though.

I bolted the joints in using some cardboard on either side. Lined up the other pieces and tact it together. I tig welded most of the brackets during the semester. Mostly because I find tig welding fun. Though once I got on semester break and this project needed to get Finished I pulled the mig out. I ended up capping all my tig welds with the mig... just to be safe and to fill the outside corner joints.

To weld up the lower link mounts I mounted the bracket on the truck, and drove it around to my little apartment garage. Incase you don’t know I did all this in the parking lot of my apartment complex lol.

I wanted to ensure the top of the lower mount was perfectly flush on the frame so I figured tacking it up while on the truck would be best for figment.


Since I wanted to keep the welding semi low key I put a blanket up to block he view from other residence. Out of sight out of mind right? Is so did this after the front office went home for the day. Lol thankfully I missed the security guard on his rounds too.


Overall I was pretty happy with how they turned out. This is one of the mounts holding up half of the truck so I think they will be strong enough.


So about two year ago I was at @guidolyons house and we took a 37” tire off his power stroked scout to put on my truck. I don’t have any pictures of this but my main issue was clearance between the tire and the rear corner of the fender. Knowing this going into the build I knew I wanted to push the front axle forward. I originally did not plan on changing the stock track bar at this point... but I was starting to get nervous about pushing the front axle forward with it. Looking around I figured I would be ok an inch or so but didn’t want to risk it. One impulse buy later I had all the stuff needed to put one together.




Some of you hinted that my stuff looks like the dodge off road stuff... well I have been drooling over one of his track bars for about 4 years now. I’m sure y’all can guess what the track bar design is gonna look like. I feel slightly guilty.... but there are not really a lot of other good mounting options imho.

I drew up a thought design in cad. I had a general idea what I wanted to use for mounting points. I used a few measurements from these points to get my cad design close. From there, I threw a piece of plywood in the laser cutter and got a test piece cut out to see how it would fit in the frame. Using 1/4” plywood works great for checking 1/4” steel fitment.


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Found it! Ignore the square cutouts. They were already there. I basically held it up where I wanted it, then walked over to the cnc plasma with the same file and had a part.

So coming up will be the track bar build. My other big debate at this point was bending the arms. I was pretty nervous to do it and I can list the names of people who said I wouldn’t be able to do it Fo2. Though it was bend arms or do 5” lift springs.... which the shirt wife didn’t want!


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Nice fab and well thought out on design! This is to improve off road ability?

I have 97 Ram 2500 and also wanted long arms but it’s not my off road rig, more of a tow rig/multiple purpose truck. I’ve learned that the stock, short arms up front really is OK for ride quality. It’s the rear that what ruin the ride quality. Either a bit of weight in the bed or proper (aka heavy) tongue weight make it ride nice.
turned out good. looks similar to the dodge offroad arms. Have you noticed a difference in ride quality?
I have taken this truck offroad at the beach a handful of times. There was also one other incident we will not talk about...

That being said my reasons for building this are as follows.
1. I really wanted to build something to expand my skills.
2. It rides like shit as is.
3. It would be better offroad. @guidolyonsis my witness, I showed my wife a picture of a dodge that was bobbed off into a truggy and she said it was cool. This truck might end up that way someday... I figured If I was going to do anything with the front suspension I might as well go all out, so I won't have to change it later.

This project started with me just wanting to build slightly longer short arms... but when I figured the price for the DOM, Joints and other stuff, that would be stupid and I should just build the long arm. Considering I had to buy a full stick of DOM anyways for short or long arms... the bracket added about 30 bucks to the build.


Now, as far as ride quality.

Once I got this together, with my old blown out shocks I drove this around really quick and it was amazing how much better the ride quality was just from the long arms. I ordered some bilstein 5100's and now the truck cruses like a dream. I took the wife for her first ride today and she noticed a huge difference, and said it rode better then her Chevy cruz. It very profound the difference this made in ride quality. Now I still need to get a proper alignment done.
 

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