After 2.5 years of abuse.. Some things started riding ' not nice ' and some corrections were needed. Eating balljoints ( 3 sets of uppers a year ) and lower control arms hitting the frame.
Face it.. Torsion bars just aren't a ' happening ' thing for lifts OR for drops.
I fabbed some uppers on my own, I'm re-doing the front brake system and working on lowers.
I'm not going to answer many questions, just post pics as it goes along. If your looking to ' drop ' and edge suspension, Take it from someone whom has been playing with this for 3 years.. Don't be an idiot and ' flip the keys '. Many people will flame and complain ' well I know someone who said it was alright.. ' blah blah blah.. Lets see them take a corner doing 55mph+. Nuff said.
Its REAL simple process.., In fact Ford makes a factory part that makes dropping these trucks sooo easy.. Its called ' XLT '. Every dealership has them, usually many of them are in stock!
I started stripping everything tonight after coming home from the fab shop. I had a caliper pin sieze ( JOY! ) and found out my rotors were hating life almost as much as my lower control arm where it smacks the frame and not the bumpstop.. Lotsa Joy in all of this.
Frame smacking on the back part of the lower arm..
Nice dent there and some rust..
Where I ended tonight ( not too much progress.. )
I spent too much time dicking with that caliper pin trying to get it out of the bracket.. I finally did manage to get it out.. 2 hrs later..
Whats going on/being replaced..
New -- >
Shocks ( same ones , Edelbrock IAS monotubes )
( possibly ) Braided lines..
Tie rod ends and maybe a rack. I want a manual rack.. Flaming River Manual Rack - 17:1 would be nice..
I plan on calling SSBC or stopping by and seeing if they might have something for bigger brakes up front as thats where I plan on buying teh braided lines from anyway..
I'm going to use factory keys this time around and do all the adjustments in the arms, thus keeping the proper tension on the torsion bars themselves. Everything is getting cleaned up and coated/painted.. Its amazing what snow and salt can do to the underside of a vehical.
I need to figure out how to get the abs sensor out of the spindle without breaking it so I can have FMD blast the damn things ( spindles ) and have them powder coated.
Speaking of that wench.. he never called me back today.. Hmm.. 4am.. I wonder if hes up..