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    #16
    I started mounting the coilovers. I had used the 14 inch coilovers for mockup on the front as I did not have 18 inchers yet. So in order to take them off I made some nice ones I got at the steel yard for 12 bucks to replace them. They are a bit firmer.
    I started figuring out how they would mount in the rear. The axle side mount actually mounts about 3 inches in front of the axle, and the shocks leans forward a bit. I did this because I wanted to keep the shocks inside the body, while also clearing the tire at full stuff. The mount literally goes all the way to the top of the fender wall since the shocks are so tall. It is tight but the shock clears everything ok. Here is the shock hoop before final welding. It took nearly an entire day to design this as it required a lot of thinking. I will do the other side tommarrow.

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      #17
      So much for the next day.
      Anyways I finished welded the axle, control arms, and shock hoops together. I still have yet to finish weld the shock hoops and the brackets on the frame though, but that will get done tommarrow. Axle fully welded, needs a wire wheel and paint. Shock hoops all welded, I painted the top half and back as that will be hard to do once they are in the truck. Control arms are also welded up. I am going to weld everything up and paint it all tommarrow, hopefully it will be back to a roller at the end of the day.

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        #18
        Well it is not a roller due to the FedEx man not bringing my gasket and brake parts for the axle, but progress was made. I finished welding and painted everything. Links, calipers, and caliper brackets ready for paint. Painted. I use cheap rustoleum spray paint. It looks good and when I mess it up I can easily touch it up. Link bracket welded to the frame. Cleaned and painted. Cleaning up holes in frame to weld on shock hoops Welded to the frame.
        As far as I got tonight, waiting for my gasket and brake parts for the rear end then I will be able to finally assemble the suspension and roll it around.

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          #19
          It is tight, but the shocks do fit without cutting the bed and without rubbing the tire when it flexes.
          I leaned them forward just a bit in order to keep from rubbing the tire, the hoops is also up against the body, and the shock has just a hair of clearance when one side drops out. A 14 inch shock is the biggest you can fit before cutting the body, or lifting the vehicle even taller and gaining less uptravel.

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            #20
            My parts came in, and the axle got painted and thrown beneath the truck.
            Since the truck was a roller, and the driveway was empty, it got rolled outside to see it out in the sun and not my garage.
            The truck sits high in the front since it is missing weight as in a radiator and such. The frame is sitting at 22 inches on a 35, and it has six inches of uptravel in the rear and 7 in the front. The front 18 inch coilovers also came in so I tried putting them on. The passenger side front shock is not in place yet, as it hits the frame at full droop so I will need to notch the frame a bit. The rear shocks have only one spring as the springs I had are really heavy so I just adjusted the adjuster down to hold the truck at the proper height. The tires just stick out barely past the body. Not enough to be a concern in my opinion, as I see trucks and jeeps lifted higher with way less tire coverage than what I have here running around in my area without an issue. If I have trouble a flare can easily cover it up.

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              #21
              Nice! Was this a cross post or are you hauling ass?

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                #22
                Originally posted by larboc View Post
                Nice! Was this a cross post or are you hauling ass?
                Lol I just copied it from another forum. Been at it for 8 months now.

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                  #23
                  I threw the rear back on Jack stands in order to dissemble the rear end to fit on the new brake parts. I tore it apart and rebuilt the parking brake with new shoes and began to put the hubs together. New disk brake bracket I welded on the axle that I had cut off of a dana 60u. Freshly rebuilt parking brake/caliper bracket on the axle. Old fashioned c&c hub on the axle. This is where I ran into an issue. The axle I am using is out of a 95 k2500. But the hubs are off of an older c&c truck. Apparently in 92 gm went from mounting the drum on the back of the hub, like the older hubs were, to having a drum that slid over the hub, like the newer axle. Apparently when they changed this, they made the spindle shorter, so the old hub does not work with the new axle. Anyways I could not get the spindle nut on all the way. Which you can see if you look at it in the picture above.
                  So anyways I resorted to this setup. It uses the original hub off of the axle, but mounts a random rotor (pretty sure it is off of a 1999 e-250) on the back of the hub. The hub fits on the spindle, the rotor lines up where the other one did, and it increased track width from 64" to 64 7/8". I would have rather had used the older hubs with the slip on rotor and also have the axle narrower, but that did not work out. Pic of how I was originally setting it up.

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                    #24
                    So tonight I notched the frame. First I dropped out the suspension and placed the shock up to get an idea of where to cut. I started cutting once I marked it out, and had a large hole in the frame. I filled it in with pieces of 1/4 inch plate.
                    I then stuck the springs on the shock. Plenty of room now for coilovers.
                    Dropped it on it's own weight. It is sitting about 3 1/2 inches too low. The frame is at 19 and it only has about 2 1/2 inches of uptravel at this height.

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