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Old 12-11-2006, 07:41 PM
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Hey, when you guys put these puppies on, how did you line them up with the shock mount on the axle? Mount a shock, let the axle droop, then mark the holes? From eyeballing it, it looks like it needs to go pretty far back, like I may even need to move the ground cable on the passenger side (I didn't flip the springs). But maybe not, checking it out tonight with the tire still on..

And can I just drill & tap a couple threaded holes in the frame, or should I try to get my fingers back there and put nuts on? I know TJ welded his.. but I would like to stick with bolts just in case I need to move them some day, seems to work for Ige & Treeroot and they wheel harder than I do. I'll put pictures of your installs below so y'all don't have to search. what's the best/cleanest way to cut the fenders? all comments welcome
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:22 PM
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Tim,

I think I just eyeballed mine. I mostly worried about clearing my FJ60 power steering mount. I'm not sure threading the holes in the frame gves you enough purchase to hold the bolts in. I put nuts on mine, which was not too bad. I actually used duct tape and a closed end wrench and pushed the bolts through from inside the frame, through the shock tower and I put the nuts on the outside. I cut the fenders with a cutting wheel which seems kid of crude, but it turned out pretty well. I'm away from home and probably won't have a chance to post a pic until after the 20th.

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Old 12-11-2006, 09:11 PM
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Just what I need to hear, thanks!
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What's the story, Nakman? I thought you wuz lowering the 40 a bit. Different plan?
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:33 PM
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i cant find a photo, but with mine, i did a SR, and fliped the springs, the towers ended up close pretty much in the center of the factory hole in the fender..

I kindof just eyeballed a line that the center of the axle travel in and tried to match the angle of it as close as i could.
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I used a plumb bob. You are going to wish you had a cutting torch when you try to grind those rivets off.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:01 AM
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Definitely need to use nuts, the frame is not thick enough to just tap.
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Nakman, don't cut your inner fenders. If you cut the Ford towers and reweld them straight, you can punch the shocks through the old hole without cutting anything. Much cleaner.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.p...rd+shock+tower
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Nakman-

Those look good man, They should give you the distance you need for sure.

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Nakman, don't cut your inner fenders. If you cut the Ford towers and reweld them straight, you can punch the shocks through the old hole without cutting anything. Much cleaner.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.p...rd+shock+tower
What's the point of cutting them down? I thought the idea is that the longer tower allows for a shock with more travel?
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