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Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by turboexplorer, March 7, 2012.

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    1. timtimtimajim

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      I just received my custom 3" lift leaf springs from Alcan Spring in Grand Junction. I haven't put them on yet (next week though) so I can't say anything about ride quality. Build quality looks really good though. Customer service was great and the springs showed up on time.

      When I was getting quotes from different companies Alcan was just about $200 cheaper than Deaver. And from what I have heard the quality of the two is comparable.

      Figured I would throw that out there just to give you some other ideas.
       
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      bronchole Driveway flexing! Elite Explorer

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      So I just finished reading thru all 926 posts on this thread........ WOW!

      You mentioned my rig fairly early on. It was NSSJ2's rig originally.

      I have since modified and changed several things. One of the projects I have been considering is changing to coil over shocks for the front suspension. My justification is that I want to get a really decent pair of shocks up front and it is not a very big step $$$ wise to go coil over. The coil overs are really great shocks instead of decent shocks. Adjustable ride height and valving also being benefits.

      I am wondering now that you have this all under your belt, would you do anything different related to the coil overs?

      I see that you settled on 60/90 for the valving. Do you still like this or would you tweak it?

      total spring rate of ???/in (I know, its back there somewhere). Would you change the spring rates?

      You went with 14" travel. Would you still?

      Anything else you can think of that would help in selecting the shock would be appreciated.

      Thanks,

      Dan
       
    4. turboexplorer

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      Would I do anything different than coilovers? No, I have really liked the coilovers and in my opinion a better way to go but is more work with set up but way worth the investment.

      For valving the 60/90 (In FOX only, would have to covert to shim stacks for comparison to other brands http://www.ridefox.com/dl/offroad/FOX_OR_20_VALVING.pdf) has been good but I will be changing it. I have since moved to wanting to go faster than just crawl only so will be increasing the compression and likely reducing the rebound a bit. But the original 30/90 in the shock the compression was to light.

      For spring rate I run a 200/300. Both are 14" Eibach coils and I run the FOX dual rate spacer the long way up. I have the dual rate collar about at the bottom of the shock body threads. This gives me 2 1/2-3" up travel before the dual rate to 300lbs kicks in. The combined spring rate is (200 * 300) / (200 + 300) = 120lbs per inch. Pretty soft but in reading additional spring theory for off road since I built it I have found this is just about perfect if you want to go fast as well as crawl. I run about 3/4"more preload on the left coilover than I do the right due to battery, driver, gas tank, trasfercase etc on the left side. This lets it sit level.

      Yes I would still do 14" In cycling the suspension for changes since I would not be able to run any additional droop due to steering joints and at full droop the trac bar and drag link angles are pretty good so it sits about as far drooped as possible without binding anything at full lock in either direction. As for compression I use all but the last 1/2" of up travel when flexed. The tires just rub the fenders at full compression when flexed.

      As far as any helpful tips. My personal preference is to spend a bit more and get what you want the first time. I personally spent a little extra to go with Fox over some smaller named companies. They have been perfect and have never even lost 10lbs of nitrogen pressure and have really enjoyed them on the truck. There have been others that have had a lesser experience with some of the smaller named shock companies. However that may have been coincidence to the issues.
       
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      Thanks for your reply. I like to rock crawl and I like to go fast too. I think that if I set up mostly for going fast that I can easily live with the results for rock crawling. I know that my current set up handles like crap on the fire roads. I am hoping that I can fix a bit of that so I can enjoy driving this on the dirt roads as much as I enjoy my Early Bronco.

      In the minimal amount of research I have done it seems like Fox is paying attention to all the right details. The same shocks you bought are still right at $400 each. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

      What valving are you going to aim for in your next stab at it?

      You mentioned several times that you were considering some air bumps. Did that ever happen? I am probably going to do them at the same time as the coilovers.
       
    6. turboexplorer

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      Agreed which is why I purchased FOX.
      I am going to go to a 80/70 and see what that changes this next go around. Really haven't decided if I want to just do compression first then do rebound and see the difference but guess I will decided how many times I want to pull them apart, :dunno:. Not sure if I am currently going fast enough to notice rebound changes, currently doesn't feel like it is packing but a video may tell in slow motion. But again a complete novice and not sure what I am looking for. General idea but the rest is from the few changes I have made so far. I do have full seal rebuild sets for them this next time they come apart.

      Yes I have already purchased the FOX air bumps and a Currie antirock bar. I am going to get them all installed before I go attacking the rear.

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      FOX bumps, cans and limiting spacers. (Limit them to 2" instead of 3") Coilover rebuild kits,oil and valving shims. (Bought enough to do every possible combination of both compression and rebound) 20161122_205452.jpg 20161122_205504.jpg
       
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      Once again I come back to this thread for more info and inspiration! Dealing with a few under-the-hood items right now. I see you removed your ABS module when building shock hoops and you said you would relocate it somewhere else, and then (page 15) you said you spliced both front and rear brake lines straight to the master cylinder? So did you just get rid of the ABS module altogether? Aside from the ABS light on the dash, any ill-effects? Speedo still work? I know you got the Superlift Truspeed thing but that was just to correct for tire size right?

      And did you ever come up with a permanent windshield washer fluid reservoir, or do you still use the tupperware?
       
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      Yes, I removed the module but only 1/2 way. I separated the electronic part the hydraulic part. The Hydraulic part I tossed as I have no front wheel speed sensors on my 76' front axle. The electronic part that houses the solenoids and things I had to keep to keep my speedometer. The VSS in the rear diff sends its signal through the ABS module which is why it had to remain. It is turned around and tucked up between the large fuse box on the drivers side and the fender. Fits there like it was meant to be there without having to stretch or lengthen the wiring harness. Yes the ABS light was on but removed the bulb as when ABS systems detect faults they default to off. Seeing as how I removed the hydraulic part anyways it wouldn't matter.

      The brake lines themselves yes I just plugged them straight into the master cylinder. I do have the slightly oversized T-Bird calipers on my axle but have no problems with proportional braking. If I am in 2WD the fronts lock up just before the rear which is just about right. Rear Explorer brakes are undersized IMO anyways.

      I do run the superlift truespeed so that my speedometer is correct as the factory ABS module programming will only accept up to a 31 10.50 tire size. So I programmed it there and the rest is done with the truespeed. Just used GPS to set it correctly and haven't touched it since. Yes was just to correct speedo for tire size is all. Cant stand it being off.

      As far as the windshield washer reservoir I am sad to say no I haven't changed it. It's still the tupperware, :banghead:.

      One of the many small items that do need to be fixed. Hope that information helps.
       
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      Yes, thanks for the thorough explanation! My friend was telling me I need a proportioning valve but I think I'll just see how it goes without it first.
       
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      I used an aluminum water bottle for a windshield washer fluid reservoir. Drilled out the bottom to accept the pump off the original reservoir, and JB welded it in with a little gasket maker for good measure. Drilled a very small vent hole in the plastic cap. Works great.
       
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      It's been awhile. Been super busy with some great new changes at work. Also doing some fab work on my trailer to get it ready for camping season.

      Took it out this last weekend and may have gotten a bit over zealous. The last time out I took a kicker pretty hard and it took it really well. This time however I may have been going a bit faster. :burnout:
      I pushed through the front decent but not crazy hard and the rear bucked hard enough it bounced 3 times. Think its the first time its truly been airborne. However if you look back at post #911 I shows the tie rod being the new hit point and the oil pan being close. Well it did tag the tie rod but doesn't look like it was hard at all just enough to scrape the paint off. The right upper link did hit the frame and scraped some paint and bent a small corner piece. And last but certainly not least I hit the oil pan with the truss. So yeah punched the engine with the axle. :laugh: It wasn't from the land it was from going flat to up the kicker. Lucky just a light crack so drove home with no issues. :crazy: Oops... :bounce: Just gives me an excuse to put on the FOX bumps :)

      I'll post some pictures this week at some point. However a question does arise. I have the aluminum oil pan from the 5.0L AWD. It looks like the later years possibly 1999-2001 may have had steel pans. If I had a TIG I could just weld this one up as it was barely hit. (Cast aluminum cracks super easy) Any thoughts for repairs? New aluminum pan does not seam to be available anywhere. Hummm.......Maybe an excuse to buy a TIG :) That's my favorite idea but certainly not the cheapest nor the fastest repair. Currently was cleaned sanded and has some crazy nasty RTV suff on it so as to not leak but it wont be going far until a real fix is done.

      P.S. Wish I had video, I knew I should have had the GoPro on.
       
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      Would a stock stamped steel pan work for you? You can have the one off my truck.
       
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      I would imagine it would. :) Is it an AWD? Not sure if there is any difference between 2WD or AWD ones, but my current one does have a spot for the diff to go up into.
       
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      On FordParts.com it is supposedly part number 6675 in this diagram and it is the aluminum pan and only shows it being $100. Hell if its only $100 and is available then I'll go buy one tomorrow :) Guess we will see, I'll stop by Ford tomorrow at lunch and see what they can come up with. There is 2 diagrams they use in there interchangeably, the other diagram is like of a 90's or 80's 5.0L it has a distributor and mechanical fuel pumps, :snicker:. So no idea, not sure if from fordparts.com is different from what the dealers can get????

      Correct Diagram Below - Has aluminum oil pan, the original oil cooler etc.
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      Wrong diagram that they use as well.
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      Lol, should have installed these first, would have solved my issues.:p:D
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      I believe the steel one would work on either a 2wd or 4wd, plus I'm thinking it might give you a little more space too because of the wall thickness of steel vs. cast aluminum? And you can easily modify it if you needed. I wouldn't be able to ship it till next Tuesday though.
       
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      Awesome Thanks! I'll run over to Ford and if they are unable to get it etc then I'll let you know. And yes agreed even if it was hit it would just bend. :)

      @mounty71 What oil pan are you running now?
       
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      Now I'm using a dual sump pan for a Mustang.
       
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      External seal worked for now and looks like a steel pan is the only real option.
       
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      Little late but here is a picture for Tucked Tuesday.

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      I can ship my steel one this weekend or Monday if you still want it.
       
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      I'm glad I was at home with fast download speeds so the picture loaded as fast as the text, or I would have been concerned.:laugh:
       
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      Do you have the factory reinforcement pieces as well? :) If so that would be great. Wonder if my aluminum oil pan bolts are to long as well with the steel being a little thinner?

      I never could find anywhere where the 2WD or AWD where any different.

      :D
       
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      I don't remember, if my new gasket came with new ones then I probably do, but if it didn't then I reused the stock ones.
       
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      So curious why did the forum get rid of all pictures that where tagged from photo hosts like photo bucket?
       

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