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Custom Explorer Chassis

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

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      This is so amazing. I love love love it.


      Great work.
       
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      i'm sorry, i'm still confused how the rear end works with the brakes on the inside... what advantage does it serve?

      Other then that, that's absolutely amazing!
       
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      there is not much difference with the brakes inboard like that, but it changes the unsprung weight of the suspension, allowing for the suspension to do it's job a bit better

      reason being is there is less weight out there so the suspension rebound can react faster , keeping the wheels on the ground a bit better ,
       
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      I think its also a cleaner setup - not having calipers detracting from the horizontal lines of the body.
       
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      Wow I didnt realize how long it's been since I updated this thread, the couple weeks I was sick killed me on this thing and I haven't been online much lately. But anyways on with the show. The front bag mounts are now built and finnished. I really need to quit taking night pics with my blackberry lol.
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      Heres my buddy John and I cleaning up at Dropt N Destroyed 6 with the chassis out front.

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      Uploaded some more pics. We decided to change the valves, rather than cluttering things up with the SMC valves we were going to use the owner decided to upgrade to an ASCO polished billet manifold. These things are really nice! Also cut, formed and welded the bag gussets in place, I would have got the other side done but I ran out of cut off wheels for cutting out the gussets.

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    9. slammedxonair

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      I finally had time to upload some more of the pics.

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      Loaded up waiting on the transport company to meet up and take it back to indy for the final work, powder coating and final instalation.
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      Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm looking forward to seeing it. What color is the frame going to be?
       
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      I cant remember the exact colors off the top of my head but it will match the paintjob on the truck.
       
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      Well after the first transport company never showed up we hired a second company that picked up and delivered the chassis to the motor shop yesterday. So any new updates will have to come through the next shops in line to do work or if the owner sends me anymore pics to upload. Thanks to everybody who has followed the build this far.
       
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      Congratulations, that is very good work.

      I'd like to find a way to fit a Watt's link to the back of my Mountaineer. That would help the handling and likelihood to roll I think.
       
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      A watts link is a locating device most commonly used with a parallel 4 link setup. It is used to keep the axle centered between the wheel weels and stop lateral movement of the axle. Body roll and handling are effected by the use of sway bars, spring lengths and shock valving.

      On a side note my company just received an article in Mini Truckin Magazine!
       

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      GREAT WORK! Cant wait to see more progress!!!
       
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      slammed..I would love it if you could help me out. seems like you really know what your doing and i wanted to put an air suspension on my 96 xlt 2wd 4wd selectable. I'm 18 so moneys a little tight any suggestions? also keeping in mind any other ways to lower it.
       
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      Well quality reliable parts are going to run at least $1500 just to get it on air with a basic setup. If you want to get it to lay frame which is way more involved your going to be looking at at over $2000 and thats not including labor which most shops are going to charge a minimum of $3000 for an explorer to lay it out on the frame if not more. You really should start off with a 2wd to lay frame.
       
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      I really dont care for street trucks much but that chassis with the Heidts rear end is sick!
       
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      Thanks!
       
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      Hey Slammed, beautiful work :thumbsup: If you don't mind me asking, how much did the labor cost on such an extensive build?

      Wish I was closer to your shop, there aren't any chassis fab companies here in Eastern PA at all- let alone decent ones!
       
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      Thanks, actually as of right now I'm not really taking on anymore installs for the time being. I'm mainly just focusting on my core business which is new part r&d and production. And I want to start putting some time back into my own trucks this year and finally have something to drive that actually drags. Not to mention I need a bigger shop again lol. But who knows things change all the time. I'm about 2 hours or so from the Oh Pa line about 45 min west of Cleveland.

      As for labor on the job I'm not really even sure what it ended up coming out to be because so many things were changed and it was partially sponsored to help get my name out.
       
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      Too far from me, unfortunately :( I have some parts you could R&D... lowered control arms for 2nd gen Explorers!!!! Lol
       
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      dooooooooooooooo it!
       
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      You noticed that also? I've thought of making a modified spindle to move the ball joints down, but with longer UCA/LCA/axles.
       
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      The only thing I have considered is making an upper arm similar to my 2wd ranger arms because it can be used on the explorers and ranger edges. But I have a few other projects lined up first.
       
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      Another thread I have no idea how I missed. You have some very very serious skills. Amazed, Awed, etc. Subscribing--Awesome Work!!!!!
       

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