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Little bit-o bed work

A much delayed and needed project underway..



Pretty obvious, right?

Updates to follow this weekend.
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Nice!!
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More pics! What are the numbers on the shocks?
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the bed wasnt that clean when you came by yesterday? hmm cant wait to see it done dude.
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coolio.
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More pics! What are the numbers on the shocks?
14" travel Bilstein 5150's.. I take that's what you meant by numbers, Zach?


Anyhow, onto some pics from today. I'll get more tomorrow after everything is welded up and put back in.



^ Lifting to check for shock travel at max droop.





^ Leafs at full droop, still have 2" of travel left on shock.



^ Upper shock mount/hoop in bed.





^ Lower shock mount on top of leaf spring top plate.
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nice, i bet thats going to make it ride better.

is that a skid plate i see on the rearend?
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Yeah Daniel, its a diff skid. There's one on the front too.
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nice work
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Nice Kevin, I like it.

Can I get some more pics of your spring mounts? It looks like that design left you with more room in the rear of the truck? I could really used some more room back there to mount my bumper. I love your bumper btw.

As for the measurements that is what I wanted to know.
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I like it! I bet that'll ride a lot better!
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looks like it does what you designed it for,max droop and ride quality,very nice job
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looks good, did you use that forklift the compress the springs down to full bump?

also what leaf springs do you have back there?
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He is running all pros i think. Toyota springs
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He is running all pros i think. Toyota springs
runnin em front and rear?
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yeah, that was what i read in some thread i believe.
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he is running yota springs front and rear,i beleave it was his sas thread
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looks good, did you use that forklift the compress the springs down to full bump?

also what leaf springs do you have back there?
I'm not as concerned with full bump as I am/was with full droop because I'll be putting bump stops in the rear when everything is put back for the final time. The bump stop will be 2-3" lower than the shock would be at full compression.

And yes, as Zach as others chimed in with, I'm running 6" All Pro Toyota leafs front and rear. The rear are fine as they have two more leafs as compared to the front. Its the fronts that are giving me some ****. I've talked to a few people, and they kinda agree that my 4.0 is much more than any Toyota vehicle would have with the same springs. They have since worn in and are flattening out pretty good, hence my reason for a leaf-to-coil swap this summer (I'd rather shell-out the $$ to switch to links/coils instead of just replacing the leafs).

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damn turned out good dude... now we just need to do some wheeling....
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are the upper shock hoops mounted to the bed only or do they go through into the frame?
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are the upper shock hoops mounted to the bed only or do they go through into the frame?
They are only mounted to the bed. Also, they're not mounted 'directly' to the bed, so there's abit of added strength/rigidity (I'll put up pics when I get the chance). And keep in mind they're just shocks, not coilovers, so they don't need too much support/reinforcing.
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Update..

Got the shock hoops tied together, with clearance for the spare tire (39.5x13.50R17 IROK Bias).



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looks good ran out of tubing to make that in one piece?


i like the tieing in a spair tire mount great idea!
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Zach, my bad on the pics of the leaf hangers. My camera went dead shortly after I took these pics; I'll get 'em in the next few days or so.
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