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Flexed my K20 in a ditch *PICS*

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ugly_blazer, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. ugly_blazer

    ugly_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    No rocks here, just a little ditch (ya gotta work with what ya have). Do others cabs and beds go this crazy? The bed has dented the back of the cab where it hits.

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    This one shows the angle difference between the front and rear axle
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  2. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    yikes! that bed is diong some major running away... besides that... nice pics... another picture for my desktop /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  3. ugly_blazer

    ugly_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I've been working on it since I got it 10 months ago and this is the first thing I've done with it (other than mudding 1 time with the last tranny/tcase, but they broke). The front needs some longer shackles, the spring mashed the frame pretty good /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  4. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    WOW, pretty flexy! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  5. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Not only is your suspension flexing, so is your frame.
     
  6. ugly_blazer

    ugly_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Not only is your suspension flexing, so is your frame.

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    But is this good or bad or neither? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  7. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    But is this good or bad or neither?

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    I would say "bad", but your frame is no different than anybody elses. It just makes the rivets in a frame a little looser.
     
  8. ugly_blazer

    ugly_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    Maybe I'll stay out of the ditches and in the mud... /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  9. js4x4

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    I had a 78 K10 p/u, and the frame flexed pretty much the same (didn't have much susp flex) so I wasn't shocked to the bed/cab angle difference, just not quite THAT much...I'd think too much could damage motor & tranny mounts...or bust the frame (crack)
     
  10. TrcksR4ME

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    Does the thing have a body lift? They seem to exagerate the flex. That thing looks way more flexed out than it should be, is the bed bolted in tight and everything?
     
  11. ugly_blazer

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    Yep, 3" body lift. The cab still has the original rubber mounts from '79. The bed is very rusty, it uses all 4 mounting holes in the front section but only 2 in the rear, they are tight though.
     
  12. u2slow

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    But is this good or bad or neither? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

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    Nature of the beast /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    You can't keep that length of frame rigid - especially when the body is two separate pieces, and no jungle-gym.

    Old Fords did this as well... and they get scars on the back of the cab (from the box) to prove it! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  13. tarussell

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    I had a Crew Cab K-3500 ( GMC ) that flexed WAAAAY to much when crossing ruts while off road - people would always ask me how the dents got on the back of the cab and when I told them that it was from the bed they could not believe that it would flex that much ...... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    I called them off road battle scars .
    If you flex it enough times like that you will never see your body lines match up again /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif.
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  14. backcountry

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    I have the same truck besides being a 1973. My bed does not flex anywhere near that much. If your suspension is designed to flex; I wouldn't think the bed would have to move that much. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif i have never seen the two move THAT much, i think you need a cab mount or 4. body lifts do exagurate the flex, but that is still alot.

    nice flex. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
  16. zeroz400

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    I think you put in some crossmembers /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif Then you should see if it makes a difference when you get your flex on.


    Later
     
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    The body lift makes a huge difference...when I had a 3" with the stock rubber mounts the body flexed a lot, with no body lift and and poly mounts it is MUCH better! The leverage the bolts have squeeze the sh!t out of the rubber mounts /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  18. ugly_blazer

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    I had it in the ditch again today, and the stock rubber mounts do smash quite a bit. The back cab mounts are about 3" tall and while flexing one side is smashed almost completly flat.




    Also went muddin' today in the swamp /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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  19. 84gmcjimmy

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    woah! looks fun /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  20. ugly_blazer

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    Ya it was alot of fun. Not bad for Ground Hawgs considering someone( /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif) on this forum says they suck... /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     

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