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Discussion in 'Center Of Gravity' started by sled_dog, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    just ordered my heims, misalignments, and tubing inserts. Was $260 shipped with a Bluetorch shirt added on there. 3/4" FK heims, was gonna go with 1" but the guy at the shop talked me out of it, says hes never broken a 3/4 running pretty much the same setup as me. So we shall see, hopefully have that stuff by the end of the week, then I can get some steel and start working on my setup, chopped my frame down a couple feet today, gonna replace it with tubing.
     
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    DPI 1/2 ton status

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    What and how many did you get for $260? I checked their site and couldn't find prices on the heims, ect.
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would be very careful with the 3/4's and carry a few spares with you... I have seen quite a few fail at the shank, they just fold over. And I hope they send you good ones and not some made in Taiwan stuff like PSC did to me /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    They don't have prices for heims listed correct. I got 8 3/4 heims(4 LH, 4 RH), 16 misalignment spacers, and 8 tubing inserts. As well as a Tshirt. I plan to purchase enough stuff to make an extra link or 2 to carry as trail spares but for right now I'm just getting the suspension together.
     
  5. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    My understanding is that if the system does not put much (if any) lateral strain on the joints, the 3/4s hold up ok on a full size. Problem is, side impacts or suspension bind which puts lateral loads on the 3/4s cause them to fail at the shank or retainer. This is the reason most full size linkers are tending toward the 1"+ sizes now. You also have much better longevity in the larger joints (primarily due to larger wear surfaces).
     
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    it won't be much of a fullsize when the S-10 cab goes on it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    yea but it will still be a fullsize frame. I chopped the frame off from right in front of the rear bumpstops back, I must say I can see why those frames weigh so damn much.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Exactly. You'll be surprised how close this thing it going to weigh even with the S-body on the frame. Main benefit of the hybrid (at least the full bodied hybrid) is reduced size, not reduced weight (although there is some).
     
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    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    I'd stay away from a 3/4 x 3/4 joint, at least for the lower arms. I've seen more than one broken from rock strikes (bouncing?) on the link arms. I have a 3/4 x 7/8 on my front lowers and they don't really get hit much. I really like the fact that I can bounce all I want on the rear lowers with 1 x 1.25 joints.

    I'm beginning to thing there's no such thing as a "cheap, durable" 4 link. I guess that depends on your definition of cheap, but no matter what, you're going to drop a good bit of money doing it. Or you'll be re-doing it later, either way it's expensive.
     

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