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Old 12-28-2006, 07:49 PM
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Going to have to wait until the weekend.. I need both trucks to operate when it's snowy like this. ( gets the 80). I'm sure they will though, I was thinking I could always put a washer behind it through the lower bolt if it needed to get shimmed back a c-hair or so... but I doubt that's going to be necessary. If you look at Manny's thread his aren't perfectly straight, and it looks like he's got lots of clearance.. http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=21151
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:51 PM
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quick update.. thanks again Ian for the awesome welding job.

So I ended up making a shock out of a scrap 2x4, which served to align the tower as well as insure my heights were consistent one side to the other. There appears to be ample clearance surrounding the tower and around where the shock will go. Next I need to find some time in the daylight to hit the ramp by Autozone, then I can measure my compressed and extended lengths one last time before ordering, but it appears that I've added almost exactly 3" to everything.
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So I ended up making a shock out of a scrap 2x4
WOW! That's dang impressive! And all along I thought it would take rod and o-rings and oil and all this other stuff. Are we getting ripped off buying shocks instead of making them out of scrap steel? ;-)
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Tim, that's brilliant! I wish I'd thought of the shock template just to line my tower up.
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Hey Tim, will two bolts really hold that puppy? The reason I ask, is, in the minitruck world some guys have peeled the welded-on shock towers off just from repeated 4x4 trips. I put two bracing wings on the back of mine, welded it to the frame, and have had no issues.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:03 AM
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Hey Tim, will two bolts really hold that puppy? The reason I ask, is, in the minitruck world some guys have peeled the welded-on shock towers off just from repeated 4x4 trips. I put two bracing wings on the back of mine, welded it to the frame, and have had no issues.
I guess time will tell... I'm not that worried about it since if it were to fail I'd be going like 1 MPH, and I just wouldn't have a shock for the rest of the day. I haven't had shocks for almost a month now and it hasn't really slowed me down much. Plus the main reason I'm taking my time and going through all of these measurement pains is to be 100% sure my shocks aren't used as bump stops or limiters.. so the only load on the towers will be from the shocks themselves.

Also this 40 is not likely to get built up as big or wheeled as hard as either Ige's or Mike's, and both of theirs are just bolted on so I figure there's two data points in favor of not worrying about it. Can always weld in the future I guess if the situation presents itself..
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Here's a new chapter is this long saga... to start, I'm a bonehead- the shocks that I had, that I sold to Max's dad? yeah they're now the perfect size for what I need on the front. I went over to the ramp in Lafayette yesterday and at full compresison with the bump stops hitting my new "collapsed" length is 16". The BE5-6248-H5 travels from 15.91"-25.93".. perfect for what I need at stock height, and will still work when I lift 2" in the future.

Anyone have a good used set of these sitting around they'd like to sell? Who (in the club?) can I order these from if I need to buy new..
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finally!
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Nice install!

Even nicer tyres! :-)
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This is a good write up Nakman! Thanks man.

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