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Yep we measured the actual travel and that's what I have now that I'm pretty much done. This system took a whole bunch of math (even some calculus) as it is progressively sprung as well as dampened! I can change the rate at which the shocks absorb the compression by moving the rear shock mounting location up or down in the 3 positions. It's designed to accept a 9in. rear end that I have when the time is right.

I've since cut and popped my fenders out for the time being till I get time to put fiberglass around it. We boxed the frame in and that alone stiffened up the frame to a whole new level of control. You can really tell when you flick the wheel and put it into a nice controlled power-slide.

Now I'm working on a turbo, drafting up the front arms and putting a full-floating 9in. rear to match. Then it's time to tie it all together with a rollcage. As long as I don't get married I think I have a chance of finishing it sometime in the next year =|





 

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There we go =] Just milled out some high density plastic spacers and I was in business.

 

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That is one sick setup:headbang:
 

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Thanks guys. It was way more work than you might think. I had the help from my good friend Ian who did more of the metal work as he is a perfectionist and has MUCH more experience welding. He's an expert and can lay sick beads forever. Check him out boxing the frame in. Those are some LONNNG welds my friends. That welder was sucking the juice! I estimate a few HUNDRED dollars worth of electricity to do all this welding. A couple HUNDRED for the Argon. I made sure I had a lot more money than I estimated this whole build would cost and STILL ended up turning my pockets inside out!! haha I choked when I bought a 4x4 plate of steel. And I remember getting like $600 in fasteners, bung washers and heims in a tiny little box one day. I felt noxious !



Total chaos spring hangers were definitely worth the money and saved a lot of time not having to make em. The guys at Kartek hooked me up with odds and ends and shipped em to me quick. Deaver race pack is used and everything else is blood, sweat and tears.

Wheel hop doesn't exist anymore which was a concearn. All you feel offroad is the front Donaho's doing what they can to take the hits and the rear just follows you around. You don't feel ANY bumps from the rear and it doesn't sway side to side like I have felt in a couple long travel trucks. I will revalve once I build the front. That is, once I decide on the finishing the turbo system or putting in a different engine. Mwuahahaha! :evil:
 

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To tell you the truth I would like to but the bulk of the system is welding work that is applied directly to the chassis. Now you have to realize that every chassis will have different measurements between the two frame rails leading to the back. Every time you weld supports of any kind to the frame the measurements change and it is extremely important to get your measurements perfect. We actually had to straighten the rear frame before we even started welding to it because we had assumed it was straight and we cut all the steel for those dimensions. Unforeseen things like this really add to the time involved and it was a lot of hustling every time something new would come up.

The cantilever arms could be reproduced but the subframe that secures them has to be DEAD ON! If not your in big trouble because everything that determines this is welded solid. This whole project was a big exercise in different welding techniques as well as the shrinkage involved which is very surprising when things are pulling together and cooling down when the beads are laid.



Anyone wanna let me cut, bend and weld your nice clean frame and sign a contract saying I'm not responsible or to be held liable for the results? :evil:

Ok who has some used bumpstops for sale!??
 

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:rolleyes: Ryan,that is NOT the answer I wanted to hear.....:D That is to bad man you would make a killing off that set up....
 

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This stuff cost me a ton of $$. I couldn't imagine marking it up for a profit. People would be thinking I was making a ton of money off of them when I was actually just trying for 10 percent.

It's fun to throw the topic around though :lol:
 

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it looks GOOD....i could tell a lot of hard work went into it....good job bro...let us know how testing works out
 

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wow..that's an interesting setup....post some video of it in action. :)
 

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awesome man!:waytogo:
 

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Hey thanks for the compliments guys. It's great to finally have it done. Well it will be done once I get the bumpstops in there. Now I really can't wait to put the 9" back there. But to do this I need to decide on what I'm going to do for the front and what engine I'll be using. All in good time. A friend of mine offered to let me use his video camera sometime so I'll try and get a some footage sometime. I just can't wait to start working on the front!
 

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eh I but its over rated. All you need is a stock scion and be done with it.




































































ok just kidding. looks bad as a. I wish I could think of that kinda shi t to make it. great work lets see some vids
 
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