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Old 12-12-2009, 10:41 PM
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Yes, clearanced for the 33's, but they still rubbed at full stuff. I only pounded the seam flat with a hammer. I actually had to spend some time to bend the seam back out first, so I could cut it down. Didn't want to light the interior on fire.

Bummer part, though I knew it was going to happen, is that the computer no longer fits. Since I'm building up that new sound system for the truck, I'll relocate the computer into the spot where the radio currently is.
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:53 AM
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Oh, I got it, with 35"+ tires that the fender inner skirt has to be cut more. I do remember Spanky's truck is the same way. Is the harness long enough to move it ECU very far?
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:37 AM
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Nice! Be ready for 44's soon!
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:54 AM
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Oh, I got it, with 35"+ tires that the fender inner skirt has to be cut more. I do remember Spanky's truck is the same way. Is the harness long enough to move it ECU very far?
No. I will have to do a lot of soldering when I move the ECU.

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No. This is probably more than I should put on these axles. I'm going to try it, and see. If I end up going back to 33's, I'm not out any money.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:10 PM
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Isaac, you can put the ECU behind the glove box or in it even, I need to cut my corners too and plan on keeping it close to stock location so I don't have to cut the harness.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:33 PM
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Finished up all 4 fenders today and one a-arm.

Didn't get pics of the rear.

First thing I did was undercoat:





Then I cut out the back part of my rear fenders so that they match up with my bumpers, and seam sealed them. I'm going to to more work to them at a later date, just didn't want them to tear up the tires.

Then I went to work on the a-arm. I was a bit pressed for time, so I only got the driver side done, because I wanted to take my time and make sure it was beefed in.

For starters, a quick shot of the arm after I cut off the lip, so I could accurately see where it was rubbing:



When I finished with the plasma, and checked for tire fitment, It looked like this:



From there, I was busy cutting and fitting, and forgot to grab more pictures. I used 1/4" plate to fill in the sides, and 3/16" around the front area, and a piece of 1/8" across the gap. I used these various thicknesses, because the front area was where most of the rubbing occured, and a test fit of the tire with 1/4" up there still rubbed. Its plenty strong, just not overkill, though, I'm finding that overkill is almost never a bad thing in wheeling. But, its what was going to work.

I also had to significantly modify my ball joint spacer. Not really a big deal because the bolt surfaces are between balljoint and the a-arm, and I left plenty of material to maintain the integrity of the spacer.

Here is a shot after partial "cutting".


Here is the smooth ground finished product:







And after primer and paint:





I checked before putting everything back on the ground, and it rubs the top of the rearward allen bolt on the ball joint spacer. I'm going to see if I can find a hex head to go there, and it should be rub free!
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:35 AM
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Y'know... with all the hours you got in making IFS and very little lift work... you could pick up a pizza delivery job, spend less time, and finance a solid axle swap! Put the axle where you need to.

Admittedly pizza delivery does not engage the creative lobe nearly as much though. It is the journey, not the destination... I get that.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:54 AM
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Ya know Bill, about 3/4's of the way through that arm yesterday, the VERY same thought occurred to me, as I was frustratedly trying to make a piece fit that I'd cut just a hair too large.

I've already started squirreling some money away to finance the swap. This stuff is just to occupy my free time until I've got enough cash. I'm getting a bit fed up with a few of the IFS quirks, to say the least.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:02 AM
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. This stuff is just to occupy my free time until I've got enough cash. .
Free time??? Cash What are these things you speak of young Jedi
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The Red Chili Crystal Ball sez that with economic recovery and a plum engineering job, the following will be future AxleIke thread titles:
1) For Sale: 35" ATs, 3/4 tread left
2) Door mod for front tire clearance
3) Rear tires hit topper at full stuff
4) Lowering driveline for center of gravity and better angles with lift
5) Fitting a LT1 V8 into Baby Beast
6) Name seems silly now, need new truck name

And... the future AxleIke sig line:
87 4Runner- Baby Beast-Now on 44's
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