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Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by wv_lx450, Jan 15, 2012.
That is sweet!
Does it drive any different?
Is the sheetmetal on the side still tight or does it kinda flop around when you are driving it?
drives the same as it did before all the cutting. i got a very small drive shaft vibe after i added lift to the front but its not enough to really worry about. the bed sides dont move at all while driving. i was very surprised at how rigid everything stayed after cutting.
I dnt suppose you know the weight difference, wether its lighter or heavier?
definitely lighter. not sure how much lighter but the rear was 2.5 to 3in higher than the front after cutting. the rear springs came with the man-a-fre 3in/2in level kit and the rear sits level with the 7 inches i have in the front.
Bet it didn't change much.
Yeah. I mean, who considers adding 4" of lift just by cutting some sheet metal much?
yeah, i dont figure the overall weight changed much. just enough over the rear axle to cause it to sit higher in the back.
It makes a difference for sure. Im running 6" coils in the front and only need 3.5" coils in the rear because if the loss in weight. Its only a couple hundred pounds at most, but you can definitely feel the difference.
How tough would it be to just add back in the rear tailgate and tail lights? Welding and wiring?
mostly welding and bodywork. for what i do with my truck, there was no reason for me to put any of that stuff back. plus, the position of the factory tail lights does not help them survive off road.
did a few little things. blinkers, license plate light, back up lights, and put the old rear cargo light above the back seat. i was trying to spend as little as possible so i used the blinkers and license plate light off of my old R6. the blinkers are a lil odd looking but they are super bright and FREE!
and if anyone is curious, the x-member or support in the roof is already drilled for the dome light. all i had to do was cut a hole in the headliner.
Where's the spare going?
i dont carry one with me. most of the wheeling i do is not too far from the trailer so i dont worry about it.
just finished putting some led rock lights on it (crappy cell phone pics)
You might want metal clamps instead of plastic zip ties for the reverse lights. They may only last one trip before breaking.
they are actually stuck on with some super sticky 3m pads that came with the lights, the zip ties were just a lil extra but not needed. those lights weigh practically nothing. if they come off ill clamp 'em or put some self tappers in them.
doing some more cutting............. to fit my new 41.5's!
got the fenders trimmed and 1 beadlock put back together. like a dog chasing it's tail trying to tighten all those bolts.