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Pics of bent ones or pics of trussed ones?

Which truck in my sig are u referring to? There's pics of most of em on the newbie intro page, "new from Los town"...

I have some in photo bucket somewhere of the truss on my dodge, ill find em.
 

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Lookin good.

Probably gonna want to truss the shit out of the 44 if you plan on air time. I've bent quite a few under a full size and not much abuse.
If it was me I would do a 60 in the front and then a 14 in the rear. Thats just me though
 

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If it was me I would do a 60 in the front and then a 14 in the rear. Thats just me though
The investment in those compared to what I'm doing is about another 3k. Finding a D60 from a 77-79 ford is near impossible now a days, and if you do, your gonna pay for it. Then I would need new wheels as my trucks got 6 lugs that are pretty new. In a perfect world with no budget I woulda done that exact setup too though.
 

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The investment in those compared to what I'm doing is about another 3k. Finding a D60 from a 77-79 ford is near impossible now a days, and if you do, your gonna pay for it. Then I would need new wheels as my trucks got 6 lugs that are pretty new. In a perfect world with no budget I woulda done that exact setup too though.
Oh ik how that goes man would be a badass setup but looks good man.


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I dont think Artec sells a 44 full width truss except for a rear diff. If It were me, Id just get some ~1.5" dom and go knuckle to knuckle and plate it. Thats what I did to my 9.25 up front and its seen some serious abuse with no problems. We've done the same thing to 3 other trucks as well...all get abused and not another bent axle since. My 04 and my buddies 03 were both on their 3rd front axle before we trussed these ones...

A 60/14 is def the way to go, but the 60 will still need trussing for any real air time. And I totally understand running 1/2 ton crap. There are benefits to it too, far less unsprung weight being one of them. Either way, you are winding up with a far better setup than the IFS.

When I went from the 9.25 rear/44 front in my 74 to the 60/14 bolt I felt like I lost tons of power. And that was going from 3.55's in the half ton stuff to 4.10's in the 1 ton stuff. Its a big difference. And the handling going "fast" off road was compromised. The cheap white body shocks controlled the light axles ok, the heavy stuff, not at all...
 

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Thanks for the guidance guys. Made a lotta progress today after none on Thursday and Friday. Got all the links and axle final welded and painted. Probably doesnt look like a lot, but it sure took up a bunch of time. Tomorrow we'll be hanging some coils and hoops. Im hoping to drive it home tomorrow night as well.

How are my angles?
 

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Track bar n drag link look good. Shouldn't have any noticeable bump steer from the looks of it...
 

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Ok guys, today was the maiden voyage of The Smasher. It still needs some tweeks and adjustments, replace 2 of the springs, and a few other things, but im real happy with where its at right now. Heres some pics of what we did today. First was the hoops, then hanging the coil overs and putting it on its feet. Gotta give it up to my buddy DJ. Couldna done it with out his amazing fab skills.

51 inches on 31s. Before the fenders measured at 49 on 37s.
 

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I finally finished this up the point of wheeling. What do guys think, do I have some flex now?

 

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Jeeze that is some crazy suspension right there!!
 

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That's bad ass man!
 

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It has some body roll, but handles really good on the highway. I don't mind it. Still rides like a truck
 

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If you dont mind me asking.... around how much did that run you?! Looks good! I've been wanting to straight axle mine for a while now.
 

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Looks good. I always wanted to do that when I had my chevys. Maybe I'll SAS my 4runner.
 

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Looks good! I think I've seen you driving around kafb?
 

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If you dont mind me asking.... around how much did that run you?! Looks good! I've been wanting to straight axle mine for a while now.
I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6k. It was a lotta work, but worth every penny
 
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