Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Ford Towers Installation question ****UPDATE NEW QUESTION*****

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TxK5Blazer, May 24, 2004.

  1. TxK5Blazer

    TxK5Blazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2000
    Posts:
    593
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Floresville, Tx
    I am installing my ford towers this weekend and wanted to know the best way to get the rivits out of the old shock mounts to remove them? Jason
     
  2. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2002
    Posts:
    16,870
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    personally, hand grinder, grind them down till the head is gone and you can see the circle that defines them, then use a punch and hammer and beat them out.
     
  3. TxK5Blazer

    TxK5Blazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2000
    Posts:
    593
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Floresville, Tx
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    that is exactly what I was thinking....Jason


    anybody got any other ideas that might be a little better?
     
  4. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2001
    Posts:
    7,406
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Indiana
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    [ QUOTE ]
    personally, hand grinder, grind them down till the head is gone and you can see the circle that defines them, then use a punch and hammer and beat them out.

    [/ QUOTE ]


    Yep what he said /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif I just done this last weekend.
    I ground the head off, used a metal chizel to pop the hanger off then smacked the rivit out with a punch instead of trying to punch it though two layers, but yeah thats it.

    Tryed the torch on my other frame and it welded the rivet in. What a pain /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif

    The easiest way I figured on setting the height of the shock tower was to bolt the shock to the tower, figured out half stroke and wired it to the point. Then once the frame hanger is off, you can trim the wheel well if needed and mount the lower point of the shock to the axle. Then I used a couple of welding magnets to hold the tower in place, in a straight line, while I crawled under and marked the holes on the back side. Then I transfered the holes to the other tower by drilling it, then setting them back to back.

    Dont forget about your fuel lines and you'll probley have to drill out the tower hole for the shock to 7/16" and the frame holes to 1/2" /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    good luck, post pics
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2001
    Posts:
    17,669
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    IL, USA
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    I used my air chisel/hammer. I had both of the stock mounts off in about 30 seconds.

    Don't just go bolting up your towers at, "half stroke" of your shocks. You need to actually measure so that when you're at full stuff, your shock will not bottom out. Then allow as much as possible for the shock to have for droop to allow for maximum travel. I'm not exactly sure where my shock sits at ride height in reference to its capability, but I know I can go all the way into the bumpstop and then some without bottoming and the rest is set up for max droop.
     
  6. smokkey1

    smokkey1 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2004
    Posts:
    2,677
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    hey tim, what's the travel on the gagriels #g63438???
     
  7. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2001
    Posts:
    17,669
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    IL, USA
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    12.53"
     
  8. smokkey1

    smokkey1 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2004
    Posts:
    2,677
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    thanks's
    another question what shocks do you use with your ford towers???
     
  9. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2001
    Posts:
    17,669
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    IL, USA
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    I have G63438 at all four corners right now.

    If I ever change I'm going to buy bilstein 5150s with 14" of travel....but I'm liking the gabs right now and they were super cheap.

    If you know me all that well I'm willing to spend money where I feel it is due, but I'm typically a cheapass.
     
  10. TxK5Blazer

    TxK5Blazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2000
    Posts:
    593
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Floresville, Tx
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    [ QUOTE ]
    I used my air chisel/hammer. I had both of the stock mounts off in about 30 seconds.

    Don't just go bolting up your towers at, "half stroke" of your shocks. You need to actually measure so that when you're at full stuff, your shock will not bottom out. Then allow as much as possible for the shock to have for droop to allow for maximum travel. I'm not exactly sure where my shock sits at ride height in reference to its capability, but I know I can go all the way into the bumpstop and then some without bottoming and the rest is set up for max droop.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    how do I go about figuring this I am kinda stumped right now with buying a new house I have a lot on my mind and can't think how to figure this.....Jason
     
  11. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2001
    Posts:
    7,777
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    Easiest and most accurate way is to take the shocks off and find something to "ramp" on. Best option is some place to get fully crossed up, almost balancing on opposite corners with the drooped tires barely (or not) touching. Then mount the shock so that it is almost closed on the compressed side. This gives you max use of your shock. However, it should be obvious that you need to do any bump stop changes before setting the shocks...
     
  12. TxK5Blazer

    TxK5Blazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2000
    Posts:
    593
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Floresville, Tx
    Re: Ford Towers Installation question

    Thanks I will do some measuring on this and try this idea if I can find a place to ramp on not much around here near my house but I will try...Jason
     

Share This Page