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Great fab work, that stuff looks beefy!!
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i have to post on this so i can see the progress....

very nice work. i love the craftsmanship!!!
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nice progress on your build. i see that you have posted up on dezertrangers and that you have gotten a lot of info, good advise, and criticism from there. i like that you are sticking your neck out and going for it.

questions: how are you going to mount you shock to the lca through the middle of the spring like stock? what shock are you going to use?

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nice progress on your build. i see that you have posted up on dezertrangers and that you have gotten a lot of info, good advise, and criticism from there. i like that you are sticking your neck out and going for it.

questions: how are you going to mount you shock to the lca through the middle of the spring like stock? what shock are you going to use?

shane
Thanks for the comments guys.

I will be mounting it through the spring like stock. For right now I will be running my old 5100s up front until I can find some 2.0's on classifeids or craigslist. They will probably be kinda soft with the extended arms but it should work ok to get it on the road. That way i can just cut out my top shock mount and add 2.0's easily. Hopefully it won't look like an old caddy bouncing down the road haha.
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Alright.. Rebuilt one of the uppers to be straighter, turn out I didn't need any downward bend at all lol.. Guess I didn't measure twice and cut once.I think they look a lot better and I'm glad I did that, looks so much more professional IMO.

I also added some gussets around the end of the lower to strengthen the ball joint.




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yeah looks much better
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Finished up all the fab work today. Drove it around a bit, rides great! Gonna throw some primer on them tomorrow and test it out some more.







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Those look amazing! Now get them painted and beat on them to see how durable they are!
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Those look amazing! Now get them painted and beat on them to see how durable they are!
I gotta agree. That is awesome work you've done there.
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WOW nice work.
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Wow I wish I could do that, great work.
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Thanks guys! That was about five times the work I thought it would be LOL. But I am very happy with the results. Gonna post up more pics soon when I can test it out more.
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now head out to the ocotilo trip with us on the 20th-22nd in february...the link is in the meet and greet section...looks sweet throw some glass on there and it will be clean
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Those do look amazing, great fab work. Agreed that you should take it out and beat on it. I really wish my ranger road even a 1/5 of what a caddy felt. Thing feels like it doesn't have shocks lol.
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I am very impressed. Looks damn good. All you need now is some glass.
We need test VIDS!
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I am just curious how did you keep everything so square? centered? it doesnt take much to throw your caster/camber off.
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I am just curious how did you keep everything so square? centered? it doesnt take much to throw your caster/camber off.
LOL I was just getting ready to post the same thing!!!!


Looks good, I wanna see some beating pics!!
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I am just curious how did you keep everything so square? centered? it doesnt take much to throw your caster/camber off.
I made some jigs so I made sure everything fit.

Tested it some more today and took it out on the road. It sways a bit with no sway bar but not really much worse than with the stock suspension components and no bar. It makes the rear feel even stiffer lol. I will make sure to take more pics and try to do a video sometime.
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I made some jigs so I made sure everything fit.

Tested it some more today and took it out on the road. It sways a bit with no sway bar but not really much worse than with the stock suspension components and no bar. It makes the rear feel even stiffer lol. I will make sure to take more pics and try to do a video sometime.
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yeah.. its made to the specs of the stock arms.. plus 4 inches.
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Wow man great work. You should definitely head out to the Ocotillo Wells trip we have on Feb 20 - 22. I would love to check your truck out and see how it handles.
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Yeah I wish I could but I'm going to England and wont be back until like the 24th.

Seems to handle pretty decent.. Could be a little stiffer but the ride is nice. Now I need to work on the back end a little to make it more compliant (and get sway bars lol)

I'm also gonna be getting some glass up front.. I dont need the rise(until I build a kit with uniballs and coilovers ) but obviously I need the flare. plus the "Gnar factor" LOL

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Thanks for the pics....Deffently gives me some ideas!
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what thickness and type of steel plate did you use for the lcas? and for the balljoint mount
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what thickness and type of steel plate did you use for the lcas? and for the balljoint mount
The lower arms are made from 3/16" "pickle and oil"(thats what the metal supply guy called it), the lower BJ mount is 1/2".
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