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Old January 4th, 2010, 04:47 PM
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weather was pretty nice today, a lil chilly but good weather to work on my truck as today was my last day of my 5 day vacation

well a while back, one of my front lift brackets managed to come pretty loose. well i replaced the bolts with new "grade 8" because they just kept coming loose (the axle drop brackets not the radius arm brackets). well for my birthday my parents bought me a new welder and i havent gotten a chance to use it. well long story short i said fck it and welded those damn brackets on! i didnt weld the radius arm brackets because well, cast iron and 1/8th inch steel aint too good of buddies when it comes to heating and cooling lol. well atleast my wheels stay straight when i back up now! haha i feel like i accomplished something lol now all i have to do is have the ball joints done and the front end will be done for now. i'd like to do a SAS but funds are no where in the near future. next on the list is gear swap to 4.56 or 4.88 havent decided...




and yes i did post this with out posting pics! lol

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i cant believe there is no pictures...

but seems like a suscess


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i'm disappointed in the lack of pictures....for shame!

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Your radius arm mounts are cast??? what brand of lift are you running??


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bahaha lol

rough country

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60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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heres some mediocre pics lol

the first bracket i was having issues reaching as the drag link and steering stabilizer was blocking most of the areas...

looks like a mud-dobber nest: ill grind down and re weld on friday

everything else was ok to pretty good for someone who rarely welded




i know the welds arnt perfect, im still learning. i just cant take that rattling front end anymore!!! lol

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sinister coolant filter, welded egr, CAT EC-1 coolant, blue spring.
60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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just keep practicing. making a bead is the hardest part after that its all technique.

just keep cleaning them up and redoing them till you are satisfied. I might do some welding soo ill post my results


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usually the shitty looking weld hold... usually


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I thought of weldind my brackets but I decided not to. If I break something it will be harder to fix because I will be tryin to fit a grinder in places I know it wont fit.
Did you try using lock washers, or lock nuts? That is what I did after most of the bolts came loose and im not havent had any rattling problems yet.
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ive used lock washers, lock nuts, nylocks. the bolts that came with the lift kit, grade 8, and galvanized, they just keep coming loose. i drive down rough brick roads with raised manhole covers for about a mile on my way to work every morning. after about 3 days the bolts would come loose after torquing. couldnt do more than 20 mph... tested this morning, did 30 down the whole stretch, hit almost every manhole cover, and all of the welds held. all that remains are the shot ball-joints

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'95 F150 XLT, reg cab long bed, swapped 351w,
4.56 gears, 4-link SAS, 14" coil overs.

SAS Thread!!!

'04 F250 Lariat, crew cab short bed 4x4 6.0L PSD, 3.73 gears, straight piped,
sinister coolant filter, welded egr, CAT EC-1 coolant, blue spring.
60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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