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Discussion in 'Seriously Lowered Explorer - Ranger Suspension Tec' started by slammedxonair, April 17, 2009.

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      this is a customers truck. mines still being slowly built on the weekends and my daily is an 00 ranger ext cab thats bagged. ?Bodydropless chassis. do you mean a stock floor body drop or like this is being built a full custom frame but not being body dropped.
       
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      Well after some design, layout, cutting box tube, beveling all the tube edges for welding, tacking rails together, keeping up with parts orders and some other things. I finally have the main rails together I thought I would have the whole frame tacked together today but I ran into a couple issues with the Heidts rearend. Mainly I need to shorten the crossmember some so the rails fit where I want them to go and the axles clear the frame rails without having to be notched, and then I can build the rest of the rails behind the rearend. But anyways on with the pics.

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      Ouu looking good -- looks kinda familiar :)
       
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      OK so I spent a ton of time today working on the frame. The rear rails are built and tacked in place now.

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      WOw, looks awesome so far

      Is that a Jaguar (based) rear diff? Inboard brakes--kinda hard to service yeah?
       
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      Yea Its some what like a Jag but a bit beefier. Once its all done the whole rearend will just drop out with a few bolts here and there, otherwise it would be a PITA to change the brake disks later on. Its a Hiedts setup as well if you didn't see before. I think I'm still liking the cobra and t-bird IRS somewhat better as far as air ride and camber is concerned but I still have to play with the camber on this a bit to have a more solid answer.
       
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      OK I have an update from today. All of the main frame rails are tacked together now and everything is squared up and set. I had to narrow the Heidts IRS crossmember due to the fact they had allready sent me the smallest one they make. The next step will be building a rear crossmember that goes in front of the 3rd member as well as making some brackets to connect the upper pinion adjustment crossmember to the frame rails.

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      I finally uploaded some new pics today. The pinion crossmember is in place, I capped off the inside of the back of the frame and welded it up for the rear frame rail air tank. I also have most of the rear frame rails all welded up.

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      Well I did manage to get alot of the frame welded up the other day enough to the point where I could jack up the frame to test the front suspension and I'll I have to say for people not liking mustang 2 front clips over yotas is that this thing gets pretty good lift I will have to measure it once its all said and done for a total number. I have a little more stuff I have to do on the jig before I can take it off and flip it upside down to finnish a couple hard to get to welds.
       
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      Update: since I didnt like how the Heidts crossmember brackets looked I decide to cut some new ones that looked better out on teh cnc. I'm still debating on if I want to plate them or not. I also pulled the frame off the jig and brought it out side for some current full pics. I still need to adjust the rear control arms to get some rear camber. Right now its way positive.

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      so what do you guys think so far?
       
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      I think this is pretty sweet!

      Can't wait for it to be sittin under some sheet metal. Are you going to section or chop the body at all?
       

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      Its smashing!

      Out of curioustiy (since I know nothing about street stuff): The rear suspension - I see a lower A-arm. Is there going to be an upper A-arm? If so, is there any "slip" or "slack" in the half shafts to accomodate a changing length as the suspension moves up and down?
       
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      awesome great job
       
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      Thanks guys the rearend is kinda based off the Jaguar suspension with no UCA, I still have some adjustments to make on the lower arms to gain some negative camber but basically the shafts are locked into place and also act as the upper arm. We were originally going to use a mark viii / thunderbird rearend but the owner wanted to go this route instead. So thats what we did.

      As for the body I'm not touching it at all just building the frame, doing the air ride and sending it back to the motor shop in Indy. They are doing the motor, tranny mounts a few other things and building the body mounts on the truck.

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      How do you adjust camber in the rear?
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      lower control arms are threaded and adjustable at the bushings under the 3rd member. They are all the way in right now, so I need to crank them out some to gain some more negative camber.
       
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      Awesome man. That is so cool.
       
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      Thanks! I'm really glad this is getting alot of positive feedback.
       
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      Better and better, will you add skid plates, or be able to lift the tires?
       
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      I see, the LCU's were made to fit to the as delivered rearend. How much trouble would it be to shorten those LCU's, and make the mounting points outboard a few inches?
       
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      Well it would need a whole subframe built to support the arms, but changing the mounting points and shortening the arms would probably cause more positive camber and the possability of the ujoints binding. Nothing is going to get plated becaues I highly doubt hes going to drag this truck after everything he has into it.

      Drag block brackets could allways be built into it if he decides so before I send it back to indy. What do you mean by lift the wheels? Do you mean like 3 wheel or hop or soemthing? i highly doubt it will do either once of those since the suspension is being setup more less to handle the 500 hp rather than do lowrider type stuff. He might be able to get it to do a small 3 wheel around a corner but will probably destroy the body kit in the process.
       
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      The fact that this thing is being built with "show" AND "go" in mind is very cool. And the fabrication looks great! Make sure the owner sends some pictures to you to post up here after you return the frame to him.
       
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      yea I'm hoping the motor shop and other shops involved will keep sending me pics so I can update these threads for him. This is on various sites I frequent and sponsor.
       

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