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Old 07-15-2008
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This is the first suspension I've ever messed with. I think it's coming along okay.

Heres the truck before
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The four link
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Building the frame notches
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I started boxing the frame in
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I used a watts link set up for centering the rear axle instead of a pan hard bar because I didn't want the side to side movement of the axle when the airbags are filled and dumped
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Here it is with the four link and watts link done
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Frame marked where the rear lift bar crossmember will pass thru
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Here is the lift bar crossmember with the tabs welded at one end only, so it will slide into the frame. The tabs were four inches long. The inner one is sunk into the square tube and welded on the inside too. The outer is welded to the end of the tube.
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Crossmember welded into place[IMG][/IMG]
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I welded super pivots to the axle so it won't bind too much if I hit sides
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Boxed the frame
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Assembled the rear lift bars
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awesome.
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Verry nice man, I wanna get into a project like this after I lift/pay off my 02
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You should check out www.minitruckin.net they have pretty good prices.
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Making the lift bars for the rear
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The lift bars
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Here it is all together. Just about finished...
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Aired up
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Layed out
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Front aired up
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And down
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hitting sides..lol
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Cut and trimmed quite a bit and set the bed back on the frame for the first time in quite a while
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lookin good. awesome welds btw.
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lookin good. awesome welds btw.
Thanks man!
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u gonna tint the windows
Yeah, the windows will most likely get tinted dark. The interior/paint is a ways out as I'm working on the suspension then the powertrain. I've built a 302 (306) and I have a World Class T-5 trans that's soon to get dropped back into the truck.

I'm going to get it running and driving (dragging..lol) and then I'll start on the body.
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I used a watts link set up for centering the rear axle instead of a pan hard bar because I didn't want the side to side movement of the axle when the airbags are filled and dumped
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i got a question does the mount on the pass side pose a problem cause its lower than the frame itself jw looks good btw
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Great looking build. Very nice welds. I love looking at that truck, identical to my first truck.
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The mount on the passenger side has to be lower to keep the watts link bars parellel at ride height. It doesn't pose a problem as it doesn't contact the ground when the bumper is floored. I was wondering tho when I was setting it up. Thanks for the feedback!
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looks real good so far man
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ok, ive been thinkin of doin this to my 86, but i was wondering if you c notch the frame like that can you pass a safety inspection?
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very nice man! you are moving right along. i take it you have done this before or are following some type of previous build?
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looks sick. awsome welds
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looks great, project is really movin
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did you have to tunnel your cab had a friend that had to do that cause his drive train kept hittin the cab
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ok, ive been thinkin of doin this to my 86, but i was wondering if you c notch the frame like that can you pass a safety inspection?
We don't actually have any inspections here in Michigan. Pretty much just insure and plate it and you're good. Lol. Michigan Motor Vehicle Code states that it's illegal to weld or modify the frame of a motor vehicle that is to be operated upon a roadway open to the public. Theres also a stupid law that says the lowest part of the body of the vehicle cannot be lower than the center line of the axle. But again, those laws aren't really enforced.
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very nice man! you are moving right along. i take it you have done this before or are following some type of previous build?
Nope, this is the first time I've attempted this type of project. I mean I've done the basic bolt ons before but nothing this extreme. I just did alot of research and looked at a ton of buildups that others have done and decided how I wanted mine. I can't wait to get the truck driving so I can drag it! Ha ha.
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That looks like some high quality work. Those welds look great. Truck looks great overall, it will look even better when it is finished. Great work!

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Got the frame and rear suspension painted with POR 15. First time using that stuff, came out nice excluding the brush marks.
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You can see where the bed floor will nave to get notched to cear the driveshaft..
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it looks alot better painted for sure
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super clean nicer then mine iv been wanting a 91 ext cab ranger for a long time but never had the cash at the time and when i do they are not worth the price they r selling them for
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The rear axle driveshaft flange sat slightly above the the bed floor so a change was necessary.


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