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by HARDTRAILZ » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:48 am

Thought he had a Full Float 14 for that???
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by bartonmd » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:32 pm

HARDTRAILZ wrote:Thought he had a Full Float 14 for that???


He does, from a dually. It's still quite a bit more narrow than the front.

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by v7guy » Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:34 pm

MKETrailblazer wrote:I'm curious to see how you're going to match the rear spacing with the front



not gonna bother unless it really bugs me, so far I don't really care. It'll be alright. :mrgreen:
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by MKETrailblazer » Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:23 pm

[FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY] that's perfect
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by v7guy » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:04 pm

Just measured, it's about 6" wider per side than the rear, so about half a tire width
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by TBYODA » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:38 pm

And wider than a Humvee and smaller than a semi. :lol:
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by v7guy » Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:29 am

Mocked everything up while checking tie rod angles and length. Everything looks to clear except the shock needs a smidge notched on the A arm at full droop.

Lifted Silverado brake lines reach and if I remember right from my fit up last year, they screw on to the stock fitting, the ABS plug needs a notch cut in it, but plugs up fine and the reluctor wheel had the same number of teeth with similar diameters... I'm hopeful.

Tie rod is mostly protected by the A arm, and bump steer is down to 1/64" during normal travel and at a 1/16" at the extreme of compression.

Still trying to figure out the best place to put the limiting straps with coilovers.

Overall width of the rear is about 82", it's from a 2006 2500HD Silverado. Front is about 96", so it's stupid wide. Hopefully it doesn't cause too many issues wheeling. But we'll see.

I'm currently thinking a tube fender for the front incorporating some stock fender with my usual overly complicated design... figuring they'll probably rub on everything so they should be reasonably stout to survive. But I'm always open to thoughts.

Still got plenty to do, upper A arm, 1/2 of a lower A arm, coolers, driveshafts, skid plates etc... finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and for once it's not an oncoming train LOL
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by DirtyBacon04 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:29 am

Holy hell. Thats incredible jason!
and I felt cool running a tap and new threads in 4 of 10 holes in my rear diff yesterday...
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by Moots1288 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:50 pm

DirtyBacon04 wrote:Holy hell. Thats incredible jason!
and I felt cool running a tap and new threads in 4 of 10 holes in my rear diff yesterday...

Hahaha
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by bartonmd » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:06 am

Looks good, Jason!

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by ErikSS » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:50 pm

Incredible and Jason in the same sentence. Calendar marked!
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by v7guy » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:34 am

DirtyBacon04 wrote:Holy hell. Thats incredible jason!
and I felt cool running a tap and new threads in 4 of 10 holes in my rear diff yesterday...


Don't get too excited until the whole thing doesn't fall off while driving down the highway in a few weeks. I'm sure the misses will update ya'll with my obituary and Dave and Matt will tell her all my tools were $60!


ErikSS wrote:Incredible and Jason in the same sentence. Calendar marked!


see my reply to Bacon lol
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by v7guy » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:46 am

Put it down on all four wheels the other night, swapped out rear springs for some c25r skyjackers. I ended up raising it up a bit more from these pics and it's sitting about the same as one of our trucks on 35s. Still need to pull it back apart to paint everything, steering linkage has been a mofo with the 17mm shaft. Waiting on driveshafts, still gotta bleed the brakes, build one more tie rod, a skid plate, install the air pump and a skid plate to protect the subframe tubes, and trans cooler... and do the alignment. But it's finally on all four wheels and everything seems good to go with no issues as far as the hard parts I've built. Seems like there's still a ton to do, but it's all relatively little stuff.




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by bartonmd » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:21 am

Awesome! I'd like to hear how it drives out, when you get it back together and on the road!

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by Trail X » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:43 pm

Holy crap Jason! I had to make a special stop by here just to gawk!

Looks like some mighty fine fabrication there! Lets just hope it fits between the road lines now! That is one incredible monstrosity. Hope to see it eating up the trails next year.
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by v7guy » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:17 am

And a few daytime pics. Hopefully it's driveable before long, I'm tired if building it LOL



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by DirtyBacon04 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:54 am

Ho-Lee Fuq
Dem der tyres stick out much furder dan I thunk dey did.

Going to take out a few cars in parking lots, I think. Better park way in the back for a while.
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by Jrgunn5150 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:13 am

Lol, that track width is wider than alot of rigs wheelbase is long.

It looks awesome, you've done an excellent job!
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by DirtyBacon04 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:20 am

his tire tracks in the dirt are going to resemble that of a dually when in a straight line.
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by navigator » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:36 am

just make sure not to back over the truck parked behind you :-)
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