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Very happy to say that the rear is done, Just needs some green paint on the body. All the panels are welded in Primed, seam sealed and undercoated. What I was shooting for was a low lift with the 39/12.50/17s. I was running 37 12.50/16s on stock rim no spacers on a 31/2" lift and 2" bump stop extensions. The plan was to keep it the same height with bigger tires and a lower lift and the same bump stops. Height wise I got with in a 1/4" of my goal by cutting as much as I could with out cutting into the doors or the interior, I had the spring out so I could cycle the rear axle, ended up have to go with a 21/2' bump stop extensions got them from Hitti 66 very nicely made. And new springs form Trail Tailor TourFlex 2F coils There 2" lift coils that netted 3"on my reg.
I now have zero tire rub 39s and only a 1/4" taller :clap:
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I also got the interior work done, Undercoated the insides of the wheels wells cleaned it all up and put it back together. Had to pull my on board air to get in there.
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Well I was at it I made a bracket to keep the spare tire form moving forward. The idea is to be able to tie camping gear on top and still access the spare tire with out having to untie everything, when on a trail run the rack still keep the tire in place. No tools are needed to remove the spare. lightweight & simple
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im into the spare idea. im on 37s now and i plan on 40s for the next set of tires. having a 40 on the bumper seems like a terrible idea, this seems like a much better solution. also great build otherwise!
 
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Then I turned the Reg around there is more room in the front of the shop to work. Removed the front springs , the first thing I checked is the Pan-hard to front Dif as I have moved the axle foreword 1" and theirs a 3/8" Dif guard welded on. It actually clears but I well be grinding on the guard for some extra room.
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I usually enjoy welding but the sheet metal welding is a whole other art, I am getting better at it but the only part I like is getting it done
I think good looking sheet metal welding is really a job for TIG. I also think the amount of surface prep is substantial when dealing with the zinc plating and undercoating etc. That stuff burns bad...
 
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I think good looking sheet metal welding is really a job for TIG. I also think the amount of surface prep is substantial when dealing with the zinc plating and undercoating etc. That stuff burns bad...
I don't see a TIG in my future, I did drop down a wire size on my MIG from .035 to .023 this helped a lot !! As far prep I find the undercoating to thick to grind, I have been Chiseling it off with a wood chisel 1 to 11/2" from the desired weld area then hitting it with a floppy disk to clean up the last bit and the paint. Even with all the Prep there still a substantial amount of slag flying around and it's been burning through my Green welders jacket & work Plants. Being stuffed up in the wheel well doesn't help there no way to get out of the line of fire.
 

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I don't see a TIG in my future, I did drop down a wire size on my MIG from .035 to .023 this helped a lot !! As far prep I find the undercoating to thick to grind, I have been Chiseling it off with a wood chisel 1 to 11/2" from the desired weld area then hitting it with a floppy disk to clean up the last bit and the paint. Even with all the Prep there still a substantial amount of slag flying around and it's been burning through my Green welders jacket & work Plants. Being stuffed up in the wheel well doesn't help there no way to get out of the line of fire.
You gotta wire wheel off the zinc coating too, otherwise you'll feel the Bern
 

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I have been hitting the new sheet metal with the floppy disk, is the wire wheel a better approach ?
Flap disc should do it but just be extra particular about getting it all clean. And it's the toyota sheet metal that's zincy
 

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Great work broski...
Rig is basicly same height, 1" larger tires, close to same uptravel, better aproch & exit angles.
Going to dual coils will make a big change also.
Moab or Bust....
 
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Started work on the front, fenders off springs out.
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This is where I'm going to cut right down that line
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Cut made.
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full stuff straight up, you can see that I well be cutting the bumper, skirting and radiator support before it well turn full lift.
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Full articulated driver side up passenger side down.
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It's 1" from the stock bump stops and I'm not cutting into the engine bay so it look like i well be adding bump stop extensions. The plan is it fill it in with sheet metal like the rear. More to follow
 
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