Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by Rick, December 9, 2002.
Ramp shot taken today and a shot of the rear leaf going severly negative arch!
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Wow, nice shots. Are you going to do anything about those leafs, or is that the way they are suppose to work?
We're working on that Josh They don't live very long if you treat them like that
You are getting serious flex out of that rick.
I have a Q for you. I was testing out the flex on my truck yesterday at one of my jobsites, and the front seems to be working excellent. The rear on the other hand didnt seem to have enough down travel. It might be that i just need longer shocks, but do you know of anything else that might make the rear leaf not travel very far down? It didnt really seem to look like the shock was at full droop but i am not sure what size these rear shocks are. Thanks.
Why not just unbolt the rear shocks at the bottom and give it another go? This would at least let you know if you are bottoming out the shocks.
Just a suggestion,
Opening up the spring clamps will allow more droop.
Thank you for the suggestions. I will check into this.
I have another question, do you have any problems with your leaves moving within the leaf pack? i was going to just put another clamp on them further out to stop the leaf from twisting side to side but now that you said that i dont want to limit the down travel at all.
You have a couple choices. When you open up the spring clamps you can leave the ens vertical so they trap the springs. Or you can weld a u-bolt to the overload spring which accomplishes the same thing. I just hit my spring with a hammer every now and then... I had the u-bolt when I was using stock springs but it wore through!
Sounds good. I think i will bend the clamp. Thanks. Is there any way of telling how long the shock is by looking at or measuring the body? if not ill just un-bolt the shock.
Rick, I saw that you had a bar installed in the coils to keep them in place. How did you work that, and would you recomemnd that type of setup for a DD?
Rick, can you post a shot of the rear bumper at the rear quarter panel? I chopped my rear fenders like yours and I am begining my bumper in a few days, thanks
Rick could you tell me what kind of leafs those are on your truck? Also, How do they ride. My leaves ride like a cadillac but I cant get them to flex like that . They barely go flat, they definately wont go negative arch.
Do you want them to go negative?
They were National Springs. Now they are Dunbar Springs built to the same specs as the old Nationals.
Ideally you don't want to make a leaf spring go negative, but if you don't it doesn't flex.
Thanks for the reply Rick.
Just thought I'd post an update to this thread. It's been about 2 - 1/2 years since the coilover conversion and about 5 years since I had the Dana 44 swapped in.
Total carnage so far (Best as I can remember)... If there's more go ahead and remind me.
2 - broken track bar mounts (mount is now redesigned)
2 - bent tie rods
1 - broken tie rod end
1 - damaged hydraulic ram
3 - badly worn ball joints
1 - blown hub
1- broken suspension bolt
1- bent suspension bolt
Not too bad considering what it's been through.
Trails since the SAS.
Terminator (several times)
Rawdeal (several times)
Judgement Day (several times)
Crown King (several times)
Truck Haven (several times)
Behind the Rocks
Golden Spike (4 times)
Not that I haven't had other breakage!
I've been through 3 rear drive shafts I don't want to jinx myself, but I've been having good luck with a 1350 Billet Steel pinion yoke from Mark Williams racing and a .250 wall driveshaft from High Angle Drivelines. I've dragged the new shaft over some nasty stuff and it's got a lot of scratches, but no dents so far.
Very nice truck Rick, I'm just curious, did you go up that section in Hells Revenge where all you can see is the sky and the spotter has to tell you where to go?
I just watched 4X4 TV and they did an episode on Hells Revenge.
No, but Gerald has in his '99 Eddie Bauer Edition with IFS and all!
Yes sir..thats a nice rig you have there Rick......Shucks....everytime I see someone from Arizona I get homesick.....so much wheeling around that area!!!...Oh yea..I like the licorice stick drive shaft!!!!!....
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Amazing car, another question, whats your daily driver car?
I drive an '03 Dodge Ram Dualie and my wife drives an '03 Mach 1.
your sig says 2004 mach 1, is it '03 or '04