Ziplock spreads it's wings (1 Viewer)

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So, now that River Shiver is done for another year, I am madly preparing for Alaska.

As you may know, Ziplock has previously been Sprung Over with 4x4lab arms, 4.88's, and running those 38" michelin boots I like. All this on one of those JDM BJ74's with lockers and PTO.

In it's current trim, the tires rub the fenders. Not enough to bind anything, but it's certainly removing the paint and polishing the inner fenders, not to mention the horrible racket and limitation on articiulation.

So, I did the IFS hub wide track trick using the Sky Manufacturing spacer kit. Bolted up some EBI spacers to the rear drums (I'm shelving the 80 disk brake conversion for now).

Then, I started trimming the fenders. The front fenders got lifted 50mm (2"), and the rear, 40mm (bit over 1.5") The tires no longer touch fenders at full stuff, but I did discover that I can touch the spring to the pitman arm! I'll need a bump-stop on that side.

Bottom line, the truck is flexing awesome. A little forklift work, and I can easily lift the rear tire over 3 feet.. More than high enough to put on a standard 45gal drum. Even with two tires litterally dangling in the air, the truck is still stable and not quite close to flopping over. By my calcs, that's a ramp score of about 1105 on a 20 deg. ramp, or about 760 on a 30 deg. TippyR did 840 on the 30 deg. Very nice, indeed, for a leaf sprung, daily driver/emergency wheeling rig.

Next on the agenda... anti-wrap bar, rear anti-sway bar (for the roof top tent), some Loewen Flares to reinforce the flimsy trimmed fenders, a new front bumper (I have a plan to move the front porch back 6" and still keep the PTO), and maybe a better rear bumper. And some rocker protection, I guess. Whew... that's a long list.

Peter Straub
 
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You know they say a pic is worth a thousand ......:D
 
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How did you trim the front fender, is the inner still intact?
If you want, send me a pic or 2 and I'll post it here for you. I know I'd like to see how it looks!
 
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Actually, a picture is worth USD$20 per year.
But I can write 5,000 words if you like.

I'll post some pics on the gallery.prairiedogparts.com in the next few days.
 
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Behemoth60 said:
Actually, a picture is worth USD$20 per year.
But I can write 5,000 words if you like.

I'll post some pics on the gallery.prairiedogparts.com in the next few days.

I think you can still post pics but a non member is restricted to how many they can post per month.
 
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I always thought TippyR was an awesome beast, absolutely amazing.

But I think Ziplock's my favorite of the two :doh:

Nice work Peter. :beer:

Edit: are you using the stock springs still or are you still considering others? (from your pirate 63" chevy thread months ago).
 
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Need a couple full body shots in there.. Those are some sweet tire's. I always like michelins :D
 

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instead of flares, how about using some 3/8 solid rod? Heat it up and bend it to shape. Mig weld it in, grind the weld, paint, then rhino line the first inch all the way around??

That would give it the strength and also round it out nicely :)
 
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From the pictures you can kind of see that the front inner fenders have been cut back to where they bolt to the body. The rear inners have been left largely intact, just trimmed, then sliced so I can bend them up. Since the pictures, I welded in a 1" wide strip along the new trimmed body edge on the rear to give it some stability, then pressed the old inner fenders down onto that and tacked them into place. Now that it's all tacked together and seems sturdy, I'm going to go wild with seam sealer to seal it all up again as I've never had much luck doing full welds on large body panels without inducing warpage... I'm not patient enough for that.

As for flares, I've made a huge investement of $2.99 in a piece of black crazy carpet to do an experiment. I'm going to continue with the Loewen Flare idea, but use the extended steel flare on the Loewen flares as a mounting point for crazy carpet to extend the rest of the required distance to cover the tires. Since these tires stick out a few inches right now, that much steel for flares would be silly. I've heard that crazy carpet is flexible, durable, and the mud washes off real easy.

I'm also going to experiment with crazy carpet inside the front to try and keep mud out of the engine compartment now that the inner fender has been partially removed.

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Peter,

I was recently at Princess Auto and in the surplus section they had some 18" wide, 0.125" thick conveyor belt (at least thats what it looked like to me) that had cotton fibre in it for support. Maybe this might work out better than the crazy carpet solution although more expensive and less colorful.

Karl
 

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