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Old 02-13-2008
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thanks man,i know it will all work out in the long run,i am just a little disappointed at the moment with the way it all turned out,thanks for all the help and advise that you have given me.
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your bumpsteer is being caused by your tie rod and draglink being nowhere near parallel. you need a high steer kit and possibly a drop pitman arm. going to leafs will have no affect on your problem ( other than suffering ride quality) truck looks great other than that
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the d-44 is so i can have the benifits of high steer etc,as for the leafs they are for now,i have spoke to shonuff and he understands my situation that i am in,it is more complicated than the drag link,panhard,i totally am aware of the geometry of the front end,bump steer was realy not one of my biggest problems.
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here are pic's of what i have done so far,some of it is still in the mock up stage

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shackle bushings with milled out dom tubing"for fitment"
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and the rest of the pic's for now
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Looks good Walt, did you get new tires too?

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nice walt. its getting there.

you got the knuckle issue ironed out?
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you got the knuckle issue ironed out?
yeah, i just reclocked the brake bracket and milled 20 thousands out of the back of the knuckle then wala it worked great,i will have pic's of how i did it soon.
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Looks good Walt, did you get new tires too?

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will do pm sent
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ok,so far it has been coming along slowly but nicely,here are what is done so far,some of the swap is still in the mock up stage but some of it is complete,the side pic

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the front pic
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passenger side high steer arm,spacer,spring,etc
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custom upper driver side spring plate
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pitman arm redrilled to accept chevy one ton tie rod ends

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close up of the milled f-250 knuckle to accept f-150 callipers

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my reclocked and reverse mounted passenger side shock and shock mount

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custom upper shock mounts

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that is about it for now,i will have more in about a week "i hope" it should be finished then.
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Awesome man!! What's your running total so far?

I don't think I like the shocks like that.. The way the come stock is to help prevent axle wrap.. Do you have trac bars?
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no,no track bars,i have not had much axle wrap,since i went to pro comp chevy rear springs those things are thick,i did not see any diference in the way it drove when i did the shock change,the change is for looks only i guess,i copied an f-150
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Old 04-25-2008
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looks good walt.

check out my SAS thread, i used some superduty shock mounts.
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Nice walt. just as i pictured it when you described it.!
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looks good walt.

check out my SAS thread, i used some superduty shock mounts.
will do,and thanks
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Nicely done!

I would say, however that those front leaf packs look a little stiff, but I guess you'll find out soon enough.
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Nicely done!

I would say, however that those front leaf packs look a little stiff, but I guess you'll find out soon enough.
you would be surprised on how soft they realy are
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Looks good Walt!
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ok this is how it sits until i get some factory rear bumper brackets and a drivers side wheel hub"mine took a crap"well here it is for now.

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this is my custom upper shock mount it has a base of 4" wide by 3" thick and bevels to 1" thick by 2" wide,the pic's do no justice

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lookn good. doesnt look very wide for a FW
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so what did you do for the rear? i didnt see... i saw you mention a FW 8.8 maybe, why not a 9"?
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so what did you do for the rear? i didnt see... i saw you mention a FW 8.8 maybe, why not a 9"?
FYI 9s are centered just like D60s, which will require a fuel cell or moving your current tank in the bed. The driveshaft will hit.

Now 8.8s are offset and clear the tank
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thats news to me

badkarma has his stock tank and a 9"...?
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a steel shaft just might clear enough. i didnt realize they were different sizes until tonight. i already have the cell so i am going to do it.

i am just warning you, knowing badkarma he probably shifted the tank some, or found some crazy cool way to get around it. LOL
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he has some other crazy stuff on his truck so i wouldn't doubt it lol
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nope,no fw 8.8,i currently own an ex 8.8 but it will be a while until i put it under there, as far as my 44 goes i cut it down and had my axle shaft cut and resplined,fw was just a thought,i kind of wish i would have went fw now though,since i have seen beards truck with fw axles,i kind of like it.

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