I got home and some packages from Kartek arrived with:
Bed-Mount spare tire holder for my 32" Yokohama at/s on a Teflon Mojave that will be coming soon when I get my new tires.
Drop and flip shackle hangers
Also went to the welding store and got a Lincoln 120v welder model PS 140T (140 amp max, 5/16" steel thickness max) and rented a fuel tank...haven't set it up yet or tried it. Will do soon to practice then weld my front limit straps on so I can put my new shocks on.
I'll post some pics of the new toys after work today.
The shocks may go on this weekend. I need to weld on the limit straps, that's what's holding me up. And I want to paint the frame and limit strap tab and bumper all at the same time and that takes tons of time. If it's warm out this weekend i'm definitely doing it.
Should I paint the bumper flat black? Or does anyone like the white enough for me to keep it. I originally go the bumper powdercoated from DixonBrosRacing the white color but I need to touch up the paint every spring because of the bad winters in PA. The white is pretty ridiculous but looks good against the green at the same time. I'm not sure what to do. It would be sweet looking and totally murder out the entire truck if I did paint it flat black.
truck looks good how exactly did you pull the rear quarter panels?
There's writeups all over the web on dezert truck websites if you search...but here's the overview:
-I cut with sawzall the sheetmetal under the bedside which holds the bedside to the bed
-remove both lower beam supports
-put stock bottle jack perpendicular to the ground and put a 2x4 against the bedside and the jack against the inner bed in the fender well, jack the jack until satisfied with pull...I did about 2" and around 3-4" the paint will probably start cracking and panel may crease
-screw/weld in metal plate or something to keep it pulled
-I made new lower supports out of aluminum angle and cut and bolted it near where the oem supports mounted
-I had to remove the jack from the upper location and jack the front and back of the fender well on the bottom out to flare them more before I put on the lower supports
oh btw do not "murder it out with primer" For one a guy in my work parking lot has a s10 "pre runner" primered and no offense to him but it looks like trash. Also the whole primer things that arnt rat rods is very played out, Black paint is nice tho, if you like washing/waxing.
I put the Fox 2.0 shock on the passenger side yesterday after work; I didn't have enough time before it started raining and getting dark to do the driver's side...will do asap. I plan on mounting the reservoir differently too, I used the supplied hose clamps and it's sort of shady.
After I installed it I went driving around town and the country and tried hitting the biggest bumps and potholes I could, the Fox Shox side definitely seemed smoother and not as rough at all. We'll see for sure once they're both on. They just look kick a$$.
I'm going to paint the bumper, frame, and suspension parts once it gets warmer out too, so don't mind the semi-rusted/beat frame and stuff.