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Yup, it will be turning about 4 times faster to be exact, but the math has been done and the correct number of teeth cut into this one to make up for that. Basicly the stock one in the axle has about 108 teeth and this one has about 25 teeth (I didn't count, just guessing)... so the computer will never know the differance.

dang... good thinking... never thought of it that way.

progress on Day 25 looks good too!
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Old 05-31-2007
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Day 26 Updates are Up! I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel!

You can see the updates HERE

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http://blogs.off-roadweb.com/6209348...ild/index.html

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Let me know what you guys think so far!

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Looks good... gusset, gusset, gusset... or better, I'm sure you've got something better...
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or better, I'm sure you've got something better...
Like I said in my blog, just wait and see....
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So... here is Day 27's updates, upper shock mount is done! Let me know what you think!

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i really like how it looks like a cross. I was wondering (i know nothing about welding or fabrication) but wouldn't it have been better to mount the cross underneath the tube frame as most of the stress will be from upward forces?
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wouldn't it have been better to mount the cross underneath the tube frame as most of the stress will be from upward forces?
Eh... not really. With something like this it would be like the old saying "6 to 1, half a dozen to the other"... The force on the tubes is the same no mater where the cross is so mounting it on top I'm betting that my welds won't fail. The welds could still fail on the bottom. So really, (remember I'm not an engineer) in my mind it can go either way, and being on top is more aesthetically pleasing so that is where it is. I still have a couple pieces I'm going to put on the bottom though, so there will be something at least.
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BEEF! Nice work!
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very nice... but id be worried about towing with that notch in the frame, may want to put some more tubes.. j/k (sorry i couldent resist)

how are you going to mount your spare?

did you by any chance get that ABS ring from a guy named Gury?

JOSH
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Very nice!!! It looks like its coming along nicely!
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how are you going to mount your spare?

did you by any chance get that ABS ring from a guy named Gury?

JOSH
I'm going to mount them very carefully...lol... I'm actually mounting them horizontaly accross the back. You'll see..

Yup sure did. Gury had the ring cut for me.

And a note to other Mods... please leave the "looks good" and other such posts, as I really don't mind and like to keep them. Thanks.
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BTW... sorry I haven't had any updates latly, I've been out of town for the last week. There will be big ones soon though.
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ahah nice.. i held your abs ring, as gury tryed to explain to me how he calculated the size and number of teeth it should be .. he lost me at "the stock one has this many teeth so you.."


are you just going to lie the spares flat up on top of the bedcage?



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Phenomenal work Jason! Why are there two bolts in the shock mount though? What's the other one for?
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ahah nice.. i held your abs ring, as gury tryed to explain to me how he calculated the size and number of teeth it should be .. he lost me at "the stock one has this many teeth so you.."

are you just going to lie the spares flat up on top of the bedcage?

JOSH
Haha nice! Now I just have to make a bracket for the sensor and I should be in business.

Yea, they are going to lay flat across the back.
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Why are there two bolts in the shock mount though? What's the other one for?
It's for something super top secret so I can't tell you or well you know

Anyway... actually the second hole is for a second shock, a bypass shock to be exact. I decided to use an 16" bypass to match my 16" coilover so that I could build the shock mounts without actually having one. I could have gotten more travel with a longer bypass, say an 18", but a 16" will yield more than enough and exactly what I want, so it works out.
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You know what sucks is you can leave that metal bare for several weeks with little rust on them... here all that crap would be rusty by now. lol

looks good Jason, I had missed the last few updates.
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Geeze! What do you do for a living? That is some seriously nice work!

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Geeze! What do you do for a living? That is some seriously nice work!

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he works for Four Wheeler i think
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Geeze! What do you do for a living? That is some seriously nice work!

Brenton
You don't read my blogs do you? I sign each one of them.

Anyway, yea Andrew is correct, sorta.

I am a Magazine Editor, Online Editor to be exact (if you were to look at the masthead in these I am listed as "Web Producer" that is my 'official' title, but it means the same as Online Editor and Online Editor is more widely accepted than Web Producer). I work for four books, Four Wheeler, 4Wheel & Off-Road, Jp, and Diesel Power. I am doing this project for Off-Road Magazine because it is more suited to their magazine than the others I specifically work for.

If you want to go broader I work for the "PRIMEDIA Truck Group". There are three of us, Online Editors, and we take care of the sites for my four sites plus Off-Road, 4Wheel Drive & SUV, Truckin', Mini-Truckin', Sporttruck, and coming soon 8-Lug.

Does that answer your question? lol

Update coming soon, by the way.
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Day 28 29 & 30 Updates are here at last!

You can see them by clicking HERE

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http://blogs.off-roadweb.com/6210134...ild/index.html

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OR Since I made you all wait so long, here it is in all its glory!

"I thought of to many quotes for this spot in the last week, but I can't remember any of them."

Day's 28, 29, & 30

Yes I know, I am a week behind on updates. I have a good reason I swear! I haven't worked on the truck in a week because I was shipped up to Nor Cal for Top Truck Challenge with Four Wheeler Magazine. It's all good though, I'm back and progress is once again being made on the truck.

For those of you that bet that I would not get the truck finished in time to take up the coast, first shame on you for betting against me, but you were correct. We came close, but not close enough to fell comfortable pulling an all-nighter to finish on Sunday night. So I have set another goal, this coming Sunday. This time it should be attainable, I swear.

So, now for some updates. When we last left off on Day 27 I had finished the driver side upper shock mount and started on the passenger. I am glad to report that the passenger side mount is complete and went together without a hitch on Day 28. When Day 29 came around it was time to work on the fuel system. We started out by building the tray that the cell will be sitting in out of angle iron. Once this was completed and welded to the chassis the metal cell can was placed in its final resting place. The next step was to get the fuel cell its self ready to go in. This involved removing all of the foam and drilling holes to mount the new fuel level sending unit and a new -6 AN bulkhead fitting for the fuel return line from the regulator. Once this was complete the cell was cleaned out to get all of the plastic shavings out and the foam was put back inside. Next was to place the cell bladder in its can and design and build the straps that will hold it in. This structure sits on top of the cell and bolts to the chassis with bolts through tabs welded to tubes. Simple and effective.

With the fuel cell in place it was time to turn attention to plumbing it. The first step was welding on the fuel filler cap mount. This was placed on top of the driver side shock mount for easy access at the pump. Next was to determine the placement of the new filter, pump, and regulator. Because of the size of the various components we decided to run them on the bottom side of the tubes that the spare tires will be sitting on in the future. Again, because of limited space only the filter (blue) and pump (black) are on the tubes, the regulator is on top of the frame underneath the fuel cell. Stay tuned for photos of how these were permanently mounted (I know zip ties can be permanent, just not for this purpose).

Once the fuel was lined up we moved onto bump stops and brakes. With the help of friends (Brian and Nick, if you care) we set to work on this. Brian took his vast fabrication knowledge and set to work on mounting the hydraulic bumpstop cans to the chassis while Nick and I worked on plumbing the brake system. The brake system is plumbed completely with Stainless Steel hard and soft lines and is held to the axle housing with Stainless Steel clamps (overkill I know, but whatever). Once we were finished with the brakes and bumpstop cans it was time to mount the shocks.

Before we could mount the shocks the limit strap clevis tabs needed to be welded to the frame. So while Brian made a 7-11 run Nick and I mounted the limit straps. I had already figured out that with a 16" Bypass shock I would be able to get around 30" of travel. So we limited the trucks travel to 28". I feel that the 28" in the rear will work well with my 14" in the front, anymore and it would actually slow me down because I wouldn't have the power to push it and it wouldn't match well with the front. The limit straps I used are Beard Quad Wrapped straps and I am using 4 of them on the rear of the truck to stop this massive amount of weight and force. That and four straps look cooler!

With the straps mounted and Brian back we set to installing the massive 16" travel coilovers. To do this we needed to lift the truck as high as it could go since the shocks were both charged and sprung so there was no way we could compress them by hand. With the truck lifted high enough to get the shocks in we measured a massive 37" of wheel travel! With a clean pinion angle and minimal driveshaft plunge! Very impressive. Useless to me, but impressive none the less.

With the shocks on, tires on, and truck holding its own weight we all let out a sigh of relief. The truck took a bit of adjustment to the spring preload to get the ride height down, and it still needs to break in a little to get it just right. We finished the night off by bleeding the brakes and filling the rear axle with 3 quarts of Amsoil Severe Gear 75-110 premium gear oil.

After a couple hours of driveway and garage clean up the truck was sitting, on its own four wheels, ready to run... sorta. Which is where we pick up now. Tomorrows update will include both days 31 and 32 and we will be all caught up, and hopefully running.

Until tomorrow.

Jason Gonderman
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1. Fuel Cell
2. Fuel Cell Filler Cap
3. Fuel Level Sending Unit Installed
4. Fuel Cell Tray
5. Fuel Cell Hold Down Strap
6. Fuel Filter and Pump
7. Bumpstop Cans
8. Same
9. Same
10. Same
11. Bumpstop
12. Bumpstop
13. Removing Last Crossmember
14. 28" of Travel
15. Shocks On, Full 37" of Travel
16. Nick Filling the Rear Axle































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haha. I remember now what you did, that seems like a pretty cool job.

And again, nice work.

Brenton
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it looks great man,you definetly be able to just go for it,and huck a big gap,no problem.
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Beautiful, I'll need to catch up on the reading though.
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wow very nice work.
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