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The Black Pearl SAS and build

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by TheBlackPearl, November 3, 2017.

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    1. TheBlackPearl

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      thats awesome. i was thinking about building a cross-member/brace from the passenger side frame, ive seen a few guys on here do it but a lot of heep guys do it.

      i will have to wait to dig into the track bar til i get the axle under it to see where the track bar mount will be going. ive got a ballistic fab adjustable frame side 2.0" track bar mount that will most likely get used, but until then ill keep working away on the Dana 44, if i can get the weather to be above freezing that would be nice. Might bring the axle to work and steal the tranny bench for a bit, the shop stays 70 degrees thanks to a waste oil heater bolted to the ceiling
       
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      Rock Ranger ran a cross brace to the opposite frame rail, but I have clearance issues with the HP D44. I ended up cutting out the engine cross member just past the engine mounts and making a new bolt-in piece that sits higher. Did that for two reasons; one for clearance, the other for access to the engine oil pan.
       
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      Got any pictures of your setup? There aren't many floating around anymore
       
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      The process I went through to remove and build a new engine cross member starts on page 61 of my build thread. There is other stuff mixed in about steering issues.
      Bkennedy's SAS and Rebuild Thread
       
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      if the temps would get above 20 degrees id be getting that axle under the truck. i was hoping to get some work done this weekend but apparently there is a cold front coming in that supposed to last the weekend (thats my luck).

      anyone have a pinion depth gauge they wanna let me borrow lol. i work for GM and we have the gauge for the Dana 60s; i am not sure if that will work or not i havent found info saying they will. anyone have any input?
       
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      Hah...i hear ya....looks like its going to be that way for a few more days...and my gas heater just broke :eek:
       
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      Going to have the Coldest NYE in 30 yrs, with -5* below, and saying the 4th coldest overall.

      It's going to warm up to 35* this afternoon for a couple hours. Just enough to tease you, and not enough time to do anything really. Might as well put the build on pause until spring has sprung. lol
       
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      yeah i picked up a little propane hotspot the other week, just haven't picked up a tank yet. also i need to insulate my one car shop a little better from the previous owner.
       
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      i am more stubborn than that to let a little frostbite stop this build til the temps are higher than my age:eek:
       
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      Hmmmmmmmmmm, its 80* here today. Unusually warm, usually its in the high 60's to low 70's this time of year...:p
       
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      think it might get to 20 this weekend :(
       
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      Well I think its 8 degrees here right now, or Damn close but I got the upper coil buckets ready to weld into place. Ground down and test fitted the drivers side 1000 times til I got the bulge in the frame taken care of, by that time I couldn't feel my toes so I had to come inside for a bit.

      On a side note the SAS just got kicked into high gear, myself and the wife applied for pre approval on a new (and first) home. Not sure exactly where we stand on a house loan but we will find out this coming week.

      So that means the explorer needs to be at least able to be loaded on to a flat bed trailer or tow truck
       
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      question for the peanut gallery: gman, bkennedy

      ive got the placement of the coil buckets pretty much figured out, but today i was checking on the radius arm mounts and drilling a new hole about dead center to be used with the existing trans mount on the drivers side, that should put the f150 RAs right where i pushed the buckets forward on the frame.

      now how to go about the passenger side, thinking ill have to cut the crossmember about where it meets the frame and have it bolt to the RA bracket, instead of it sweeping around and up to the frame...

      any thoughts guys?
       
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      I don't see a problem with bolting to the brackets, as long as they are thick, and also bolt to the frame under and on the sides.

      Pretty sure Brian1 makes his brackets that way.
       
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      yeah i spoke with brain, his brackets and trans crossmember wont be worth it to me for only using it for about a year or so.
       
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      I didn't mean you should buy them . Just as a reference. Lol
       
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      Just a quick update: I haven't given up on the build, we are in the process of buying a house so I have been hyper-focused on that but knew I needed to get the axles/wheels under the truck at least to get it on and off a tow truck if the house hunting comes quicker then the pearl (and my checking account) were ready for.

      But I did run on rock auto and bought a set of ball joints (about 5 bucks each) and am getting them installed this weekend but it is still cold (we are lucky to get to 30 degrees right now).

      We also had a very close family member pass away this week and it has taken me by surprise how hard it has hit me so motivation this weekend really has been hard to come by right now.

      Next weekend it is supposed to get into the 50s here and the plan is to get the front end back up to about ride height and get the upper coil buckets in place.

      I am thinking of extended my stock radius arms to somewhere behind the transfer case crossmember.. Still doing research on that but we will see where the upper coil buckets place the axle
       
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      Well now that the snow has melted (for now!) we got the explorer back up to ride height, dealing with the mud sucks but the plan is to get the frame cleaned up sometime this week and get the upper coil buckets welded into place this weekend.

      still doing research on how i want to go about extending the radius arms just behind the trans crossmember.

      I know it will be more work now (vs just making a quick trans crossmember) we will see what happens. MORE UPDATES TO COME THIS WEEKEND
       
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      90% thinking, 10% doing.

      That's why these take so long. I say, you are right on track with everybody else. Just don't give up, 3/4 of the way thru it, like some have. :)
       
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      Hell no lol.. i have to/want to finish it

      besides someone has my old lift kit and the scrap yard has half of my d35 lol
       
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      Got some work done yesterday. The coil buckets just have a few very small tacks on place right now.

      I'm not sure If I like how that one is canted to the rear, thinking I might pull it off and move it forward a bit right to the edge of the bulge in the frame.
      EDIT: did some moving around and the drivers side looks good enough to burn it, the passenger side is off by a bit, going to have to check into what's going on with that radius arm.

      Thinking about building an extended set of arms with billistic link brackets and poly bushings. I am going to call ballistic tomorrow and see how much adjustability thier 3.0 bushings have.

      Also the track bar bracket is just bolts on there for right now. No way is it going to be left like that.

      What does everything think so far? don't be afraid to give some constructive criticism.

      The closeup of the weld is my first one on an actual project... Not just burning some steel.

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