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RCD brackets

So I was throwing around the idea of fab'n up some new upper C/O brackets for my truck... Wanting to drop the location of the bolt where it attaches to the bracket down about an inch and a half to lift up my front... Here's my question...

Does anyone have any pics of just that bracket by itself and maybe some dimensions? I know I have it on my truck, but it's not as easy as it sounds to get in there and measure stuff... So that's why I was wondering.

Once I get a hold of some dimensions on it I'm gonna model it up in SolidWorks and take it to school and start on making them... If it turns out the way I want it to I might in the market to sell them after I test them out... Might help a few of us with the RCD rake... Only thing I'm concerned about it CV angles but I'll see what it starts to look like. Like I said if it works out, I'd probably only sell them for the cost of shipping and materials..
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I thought about doing the same thing. Can't wait to see what you fix up.
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I talked awhile back with a guy on cardomain that did the same kind of thing and I tried once but that was before I really had any fab skills... Now I have a lot more access to stuff at school and can use what I want. So I'm gonna see about making something up for us RCD guys... Cuz the kit is awesome, just wish RCD paid more attention to the weight and the front end with sagging when they designed it...
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I also thought about using a higher shock mount and using a longer coilover. But that could cause binding and all kinds of stuff I imagine. Atleast this way you can use the coilovers that come with the kit. I ready to see it.
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Yeah RCD kits are out of production to so this would be a nice trade off. Cause i would love to C/O the front and then just do the rear custom.
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Well if I can get a hold of some dimensions of the stock bracket I'll fab them up at school, but I need to know the angles and dimensions of the stock one as something to go off of... Anyone?

I'd take mine off and make new ones if I had the time to have my truck be down for a bit, but it's my DD so I'll have to go off drawings....
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if you pay shipping i can send you my old ones.
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Hmm.... How much for shipping to 97330?

What do you think Matt? moving the holes about 1.5"-2" further down on the bracket... Think it'll cause CV probs? I don't think it will straight on but at full turn it might... ya?
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welllll

when my diff was pushed 1/4" towards the passenger side i kept over extending the driver side shaft..

i want to say the RCD kit is basically the max you can get but idk.
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Which one is the shorter one? Driver or passenger?

I guess it won't hurt to try it out... If it's too much angle I'll take the new brackets out and put a smaller block out back...
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dunno

i braced the bracket thats prone to break, and being a moron welded on the wrong side so the bracket was pushing the diff over 1/4" or so.

1.5"" up may work. maybe not..

its like $10-20 in steel, but the cv shaft ain't as cheap lol.
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Yeah I fixed that bracket too... Cept on the right side lol

I'm hopin 2" will be best then I can back my adjusters for the coils down...
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well if you want to make it so the coils aren't so loaded down, i don't see a huge issue.

keeping them where they are, to get 2" of lift, that may cause issues.
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You kids and your RCD tisk tisk tisk
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trepaul...

give dean a ring up. he was talking to me about a long travel ifs 4x4 set up...complete with longer and more angleable (is that a word) cv's.
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I might just go in and talk to him about some custom brackets and CV's... That'd be pretty sick... Just make the RCD huge! haha
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what are you gonna do in the back? hahaha

like 8" springs with the blocks AND RCD shackles?
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Dixon Brother cvs?
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The guy shane is talking about will probably put together a CV made for longer travel.. I don't necessarily want Long Travel, just taller front end of the RCD... I can always do bags in the rear like our buddy Austy did.

I want it to look like I have 34.5's lol... More clearance of tire to fender well.
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tre....so uh....when you gonna introduce me to that guy with the silver truck that effin tall!??? the one running like 14" c/o's and dual 6" coils per side??? i must see...then i'll make the $500 decision...
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Heck he lives in Corvallis for OSU and I HARDLY ever see him lol... I'm gonna talk to Houston though and get his digits and meet up with him to check it out soon lol
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cause you know.....shane wants to be co'd superlifted...
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haha, i'll toss the rcd end links in for free
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Lol lemme know a price for the shipping man... I'd love to start modding those soon! Or using them as templates for new ones!
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