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Old 11-03-2009
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or do the sensible thing and flip the shackles to the back...... or get some coils, tube and another 3" Ballistic joint and swap to coils and extended Radius arms.
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or do the sensible thing and flip the shackles to the back...... or get some coils, tube and another 3" Ballistic joint and swap to coils and extended Radius arms.
option #2 :)
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but radius arms suck a big one.. never understood why till i paid attention to a bronco and my buddies Jeep a few weeks ago.. violent wheel shake is no bueno.

I'll hold off for now until i can do a 3 link. or find a new project.. until then i'll just ride my bump stops lol
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lol okay... I figured it was a step above what you have now... But if you're going to change it, why not do it right...
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I say get it running right first.
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but radius arms suck a big one.. never understood why till i paid attention to a bronco and my buddies Jeep a few weeks ago.. violent wheel shake is no bueno.

I'll hold off for now until i can do a 3 link. or find a new project.. until then i'll just ride my bump stops lol
if the radius arms are setup properly then no wheel shake.
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I say get it running right first.
it runs

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Got the steering shaft made and bled the steering system. Dont tell anyone but I made the steering shaft the weak way, mating the ranger shaft straight to the toyota shaft. I made sure not to destroy any parts of the shaft I can use later because as soon as I can get the intermediate shaft that I need I'll order the pillow block bearing and get the shaft made......the right way. I'm aware that its not the best way to do it and that several ppl have had them break but I'm going to change it ASAP, I just wanted to get everything functional. I still have to bleed the brakes and torque all the bolts and paint all the raw areas but its almost driveable now.......

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looks good Ryan...

wanna show some pics of that shaft?
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Sure. I'll grab some tomorrow. I'm about to head to work now and it gonna be just a tad dark when I get off tonight.
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Here. I cut the ranger shaft right before the double cardan joint at the rack and pinion, theres a fat end part thing there. Not sure how to describe it, although I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about if you've ever looked at that part of the shaft. I cut the yota shaft right before that hollow metal part so I could weld to the solid part of the yota shaft. Not ideal, but it will get the job done temporarily.

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need flex pics
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Hard to flex when it doesn't drive yet.
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I put a 3/4" DD u-joint on the part that comes through the firewall, then welded 3/4" solid stock to the rag joint. its held so far.
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looks good so far man. but just make sure you change it. i know you said you will but i have heard that 100 times!

everyone says its fine until it breaks, lol its the scariest thing i have ever experienced... not something i ever want to happen again.
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lookin good ryan......cant wait to see this thing goin in person
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looks good so far man. but just make sure you change it. i know you said you will but i have heard that 100 times!

everyone says its fine until it breaks, lol its the scariest thing i have ever experienced... not something i ever want to happen again.
Yeah man I know its easy to get content with stuff, but I'm getting a pop from somewhere in the steering shaft. I went through and torqued everything today but the pop is still there so I think its coming from the steering shaft itself. Itll be real hard to get content with the steering shaft setup like that if I have a pop there to remind me everytime I turn the wheel haha.

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I put a 3/4" DD u-joint on the part that comes through the firewall, then welded 3/4" solid stock to the rag joint. its held so far.
I'd rather use the E250 or astro shaft but I'm having trouble finding what I need, so this might be something I need to look into.


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lookin good ryan......cant wait to see this thing goin in person
Thanks. I can't wait to see it going in person either.






As it sits right now the truck is done except for bleeding the brakes. My Dad is gonna come over and give me hand tomorrow night and when thats done I should be able to pull the truck out.
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sweet!

btw idk if i would use solid rod, tube is stronger than solid rod...

btw doesnt the shaft rub the firewall?
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Well I didn't think it did, it might though, I'll have to look closer while I'm looking for whatever is popping.
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sometimes you can feel the play in the panhard from the steering wheel. I had that D30 setup dialed in, it was nearly perfect no extra sounds and such, but it takes time to get all those tweaks taken care of.
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Nice work Ryan
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sometimes you can feel the play in the panhard from the steering wheel. I had that D30 setup dialed in, it was nearly perfect no extra sounds and such, but it takes time to get all those tweaks taken care of.

I'll check that too. I tightened it all down but I may not have gotten it tight enough. As soon as I have someone here to turn the wheel while I look I'm sure I'll have a better idea of what exactly it is.


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Nice work Ryan
Thanks.
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yeah you want those bolts TIGHT! Since you dont have a Ujoint in the steering shaft up by the firewall, my guess is the shaft is pinched against the firewall, like mine used to be.
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you running a pillow block on that shaft for slop?
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