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Old 01-02-2010
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that's in the works once i get the suspension and drive train together. i probably should have done a whole tube chasis but i like having and enclosed cab with creature comforts, so i'll have to settle for an exo cage on frame for now.
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the new suspension joints came in the other day from Ballistic Fabrication. i guess a little bit of packing popcorn is the proper way to pad 50+ pounds and $650 in parts. good thing these things aren't fragile.
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'96 2500 4x4, 5spd, #100 plate, HX35/40, S.B.C. 13" OFE clutch, gauges, 270+k miles. Under Construction: H.P. K.P. D60 W/ Lincoln locked 5.13's & full hydro steering, D80 w/ detroit & 5.13's, 2.71 reduction box & NP205, 4 linked and caged on beaded and cut 42" swampers.

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I also started working on my beadlock rims a couple days ago. these consist of two 1/4" rings, one welded to my old rim and the other bolted on the outside of the tire. These are supposed to be welded straight onto the outer lip of the rim but I decided to trim that lip down so I could lay a second weld on the inside of the ring for added strength and to keep debris out of the crack. After I cut off the lip, I set the rim on a hub/spindle so I could smoothly rotate it, and using a run out dial I ground down any excessivly high spots to give me a pretty flat surface to work with. I also had to relocated the valve stem since the inner bead lock ring would be blocking the valve stem in it's factory location. I've got three done that are just waiting for a second coat of paint and the 4th is waiting for my motivation to kick back in.
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Nice welding Cumminscrawler!!!
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looks like u got a good start! i have some pics of d 60 axle trusses that work good for low clearence type situations i will try to remember to send you when i get home tonight. maby they will help if you dont have one decited on.
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looks like u got a good start! i have some pics of d 60 axle trusses that work good for low clearence type situations i will try to remember to send you when i get home tonight. maby they will help if you dont have one decited on.
more pictures would never hurt, i have a couple ideas floating around in my head but haven't settled on anything yet.
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the past week has been a little strugle with motivation. i got all 4 rims done with the bead lock kits, and when i was mounting the first tire i realized that the bolts that came in the kits were about 1/4" too short to properly engage the nyloc nuts. i was eager though and went ahead and mounted two more tires ignoring the fact that i'll have to replace 36 bolts per wheel. it's taking me about 1 hour per wheel from soaping the bead to the final "torque". after buying the proper length bolts i mounted the 4th tire and so far i've only had 1-2 psi change in tire pressure, which could be due to the temp change in my garage from 35-65.

i also bought a tire grooving iron to break up the large center lugs into smaller lugs. i probably could have gone with a wider head/blade combo but this should be better than no cutting at all. i've found out after 4 bent blades that it really does help to heat the lugs up before cutting into them. for the first tire i ended up using a small propane torch(home plumber's size), but for the last three i'll set up my big old "Mr. Heater" allowing me to heat part of the tire while i'm cutting on another part.

the picture is of the one wheel/tire that was cut and has the right bolts, the other three are still waiting for longer bolts and the hot knife which i'm saving from a time when i'm frustrated with something else on the truck or waiting for parts.

i've also thrown about 3000 bb's into each tire for internal ballancing. i've been using air soft pellets on my old tires which worked well but bb's are a lot heavier and a lot cheaper.
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Looking good, keep up the good work.
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today i finally finished setting up the gears for the front axle. it has been a fun filled adventure learning how to set up ring and pinions. tonight i'll start putting the outer ends of the axle together.
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tonight i got the front axle loosely put back together. i'll need to take the hubs apart to drill out the wheel stud holes to fit 9/16" studs once my 39/64" drill bit gets delivered(ford used 1/2" studs). i was atleast able to slide the axle under the truck and mount one tire to get an idea of the clearance issues i'll be dealing with.

the truck on jack stands is sitting almost exactly as high as it did on the 37" tires. with the new axle snugged up as far as i can to the truck i have just enough clearance from the ground to get one of the new 42's bolted up. unfortunatly i'll probably have to lift the truck around 6" i'm guessing and also relocate the cross brace that goes under the oil pan. i will try and get some pictures up tomorrow.
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'96 2500 4x4, 5spd, #100 plate, HX35/40, S.B.C. 13" OFE clutch, gauges, 270+k miles. Under Construction: H.P. K.P. D60 W/ Lincoln locked 5.13's & full hydro steering, D80 w/ detroit & 5.13's, 2.71 reduction box & NP205, 4 linked and caged on beaded and cut 42" swampers.

'93 W250 210k miles, 4x4, 5spd w/ SBC conofe, regular cab, flat bed, '97 180hp engine, D.E. 4", S300, power upgrade goodies to come.
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