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Old 05-27-2014, 12:53 PM   #51
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

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How's this for ground clearance? We tried and accomplished keeping all suspension parts on the same plane as the bottom of the frame.



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That's nice. Very nice. I like the torque-arm set-up as well. Cool stuff.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:41 AM   #52
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Keep up the awesome work! Looks amazing guys.
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Sal looks on as 'Tony Tech' installs the massive 31" tires and wheels onto the truck. We will be measuring for proper wheels and tires in the next week or so.







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Old 06-26-2014, 02:04 PM   #55
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

We finished up some first articles this week. The long tedious process of confirming fixtures and parts begins now.



Stock parts = #342 lbs


TCI parts = 270 lbs (Total weight savings of 72 lbs)


We also picked up a 2nd chassis to use as a rolling display. It just happened to be a longbed so we made a How-To to show the process of making it a shortbed.



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Old 06-26-2014, 02:37 PM   #56
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That's an impressive weight savings! When will you get some road time with the kit installed?
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:34 AM   #57
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Is there such a thing as "frame porn?"
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Awesome! I'd love to see more....maybe my next build
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:38 AM   #59
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That's an impressive weight savings! When will you get some road time with the kit installed?
We're trying to have it road worthy by the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville(Early August). We just have a very busy schedule between now and then not to mention we're developing parts for the 2nd Gen Camaros at the same time.

The Truckin Throwdown was in our back yard (Fontana) last Friday so I think that event helped light a fire.

We can't let Rob be a glory hog.





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We're trying to have it road worthy by the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville(Early August). We just have a very busy schedule between now and then not to mention we're developing parts for the 2nd Gen Camaros at the same time.

The Truckin Throwdown was in our back yard (Fontana) last Friday so I think that event helped light a fire.

We can't let Rob be a glory hog.





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Yes, Rob's done some great things for the -67-72 segment of our hobby, but there's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition! GO TCI!!
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

sexy.....

Pretty sure this is the route I'm going
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Our brand new rolling display is on the way to the Columbus Goodguys.
















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WOW, that is so sweeeeet...Jim
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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

What is the max rim width your C/O arrangement allows (since this a 'touring' based app)?
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What is the max rim width your C/O arrangement allows (since this a 'touring' based app)?
We're working with American Racing wheels and Falken Tire now to figure out what we can and can' fit in there. We'll know in the next few weeks.


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Re: TCI to start new R&D Project with a C10!

Looks great but a question. Having the rear coil overs outboard of the frame, won't that limit you on how wide of a wheel you can fit?
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Looks great but a question. Having the rear coil overs outboard of the frame, won't that limit you on how wide of a wheel you can fit?
Yes... That's why I asked what the width limit was w/the set-up. I'm guessing maybe a 12" width max. Maybe less though (hard to judge accurately from monitor pics). But the outboard arrangement offers the best stability....
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Yes, Rob's done some great things for the -67-72 segment of our hobby, but there's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition! GO TCI!!
Hey I'm all for it. The great thing about our hobby is that there's room for everybody. TCI is working hard to deliver a good product to the customer. PorterBuilt is for the really low guys. we focus on ride quality and performance. This looks to be the easiest to install, with the full bolt-on rear suspension. (ours requires welding on the housing) So the customer has more choices. That will get more trucks built, and more people involved. Good for all of us. Bring it on.
BTW, the TCI outboard doesn't look any farther out than ours. 12" no problem (will need wider tubbs after 10") 14" can be done, but it's very tight. We did 345/30/19 on 19x12" wheels, had a 13 5.8 section width.
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Yes... That's why I asked what the width limit was w/the set-up. I'm guessing maybe a 12" width max. Maybe less though (hard to judge accurately from monitor pics). But the outboard arrangement offers the best stability....
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Any guess on retail pricing yet?
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I have to admit, you've got me curious about the dog bone for the torque arm mount. I was starting to wonder how you could have the rear axle solidly mounted and then have 3 pivot points on different planes without binding, but this is an ingenious idea! But I wonder how much you gain with a torque arm running with truck arms? Are you predicting enough flex in the rear end housing that the truck arms aren't enough to maintain a correct pinion angle? All cool things, just thought I'd spark some more conversation...


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Mike I had to take a close look after you posted this and was wondering how that would work. Well it looks like it will work fine. the truck arms we are used to are not truck arms at all. There is a pivot in the back making this a true 3 link. Kinda slick the way it is done.
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Mike I had to take a close look after you posted this and was wondering how that would work. Well it looks like it will work fine. the truck arms we are used to are not truck arms at all. There is a pivot in the back making this a true 3 link. Kinda slick the way it is done.
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I didnt even notice that until you mentioned it.
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I have stared at the picks several times and each time see something new. Wish the pics were bigger, I bet we would see lots of other cool things done on this setup. I am waiting for the pic with the engine and trans installed so I can see how they do the exhaust.
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