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Old 12-21-2006, 11:32 PM   #1
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Thought I would post my progress pics on my '69. So far I have started the back half. Nothing too fancy. This is my first build. Next I need to finish the bridge which I got from Suicide doors, and then install the 4 link.

Got a question concerning pinion angle. Are there any special considerations when setting the angle with a two piece draftshaft? I was about to tack the bag brackets on the axle, but got thinking if my pinion angle was correct?
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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Oh snap, that looks awesome.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:54 PM   #3
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i think it is suppost to have a upward angle of like 3 or 4 degrees. if you got a suicide doors 4 link the bars should have threaded ends so if you are off a little you can just twist the ends until you get it where you want it. when i set my bars i put it at about middle of the adjustment so i can change it if i have to.
truck looks good so far.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:35 AM   #4
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Yeah I installed mine rear end at a 2-3 deg upward angle at ride height. Also when you install the 4 link you want to install it at your estimated ride height. You want the 4 link bars to be paralle to the ground at ride height or pretty darn close. I imagine that you would want to install your bag brackets at ride height also. You pretty much setup everything at ride height. LOL, I said ride height a crap load of times (its been a long day). Anyways you definately are on the right track though cause your truck is looks sweet! Good luck!!

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Old 12-22-2006, 02:20 AM   #5
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well depending on how low you wanna go, if you wanna lay frame i would install my bag compressed and layed out.
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:27 AM   #6
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Project is looking good man! Like Josh said set it all up at ride hieght, This is very important! Trust me i found out the hard way when i did my first back half.....Hate doing work twice....But I learnt from my mistakes...

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Old 12-22-2006, 03:02 AM   #7
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well depending on how low you wanna go, if you wanna lay frame i would install my bag compressed and layed out.
What i meant is install the bag brackets at ride height. The rear end will rotate a little between dump and ride height and it would be idea to have the bracket level at ride height. That might have been what you meant but just clarifing what i meant. Your truck is looking sweet FNLOW69! I know it is alot of work but isn't it starting to pay off seeing your progress. Keep up the great work!

jlaird- Just curious did you buy a trianglated 4 link or paralle? Talk to you later

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Old 12-22-2006, 09:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for the compliments guys. Yes, as you see it in the last pic, the axle is at ride height which was deteremined by the Slam Specialities spec of 5.5"-7" recommended height of their bag(at ride height). Abadsvt, I got the parallel 4-link.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:14 PM   #9
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I was told that your pinion angle should be at the same angle as the transmission but that was after I did mine. I set mine at -4degrees at ride height and it seems to work fine, but I have a one piece driveshaft.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:32 PM   #10
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Re: progress pics

if your running paralle why go over the axle. go with a 6 link design you'll get more lift and a much better ride especially with those slams.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:33 PM   #11
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also you goin w/ a pan hard or a watts link?
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:48 PM   #13
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I'm going with a panhard bar from Suicide doors. I'm just looking for a simple setup, thats why I'm going over the axle, and I don't need anymore lift than what I'm going to get with my setup.
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Old 12-23-2006, 05:49 AM   #14
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Re: progress pics

what are the dimensions of your back 1/4 if you don't mind posting. I have these for the one I want to build. Do these more less seem correct or am I way off. It's just that I need to purchase all the tubing before they close for the holidays and before I tare my truck down.(Only source of moving all the tubing with.)
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:18 PM   #15
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El curioso, I took some measurements for you.

Your 34" is 37.75"
Your 30" is 33.75"
Your 20.12" is 24.5"
Your 18" is 10"
Your 12" across the top of the notch is 12"
Your 15" is 12.5"
And your other 12" is 8.5"

Hope that helps.

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Old 12-24-2006, 12:16 AM   #16
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That really helps. Thank you I'll post pics later on.
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:37 AM   #17
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Re: progress pics

ive got pretty much the same setup and was wondering where to get a canti setup to eliminate over axle. also whjo makes a good watts link.
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:14 PM   #18
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Re: progress pics

I was looking at watts links today. I could only find two company's, kp components which is for later style trucks but I'm sure they can be modded for ours, and totallypolished.com which are for our trucks and looks nicer IMO than the kp. But is is $500 bucks.

http://totallypolished.com/watt's_link_kits.shtml
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:31 PM   #19
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Check this one out guys, Its from speedway motors http://www.speedwaymotors.com/xq/asp...qx/Product.htm

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Old 12-25-2006, 12:31 AM   #20
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Re: progress pics

you could just make your own it's actually pretty simple.

also the canti stuff you could get from ssd but kp components makes bolt on canti and 4 or 6 link kits.

i'm doin my own canti and watts on both my 72 and my diesel. my diesel's already got a reverse 4 link set up, but with 900 lbtq there's a little wheel hop (to say the least). i'm goin with a forward paralle on the outside of the frame. and canti set up w/a bunch of moving parts lol.
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Old 12-25-2006, 01:18 AM   #21
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i made my own watts link but i didn't fine tune it enough so i gave up and bought a panhard. i was going to get one of those totally polished watts links but i didn't feel like spending that much.
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:20 PM   #22
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On the pinion angle....I have always heard 3-4 degrees down at ride height.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:49 AM   #23
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Worked on the bridge yesterday...
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:52 PM   #24
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Looking good.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:37 PM   #25
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guys, heres a pic of the 4 link mocked up. My axle is at ride height which was derived from the slam bag being a little over 6" inflated at ride height. My issue is the angle of the 4-link. I thought it is supposed to be parallel at ride height. Is it ok the way it looks? I can't move the front mount any further up.
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