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got the front diff cover on. Now I got a nice spot to mount a ram

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cybrfire, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. cybrfire

    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    Should be able to mount my steering ram on their pretty nicely.
     
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    on that wimpy thing? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    thats sweet, you probably doubled its capacity. what did you use 1/4", 5/16"? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  4. cybrfire

    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    all 5/16" thick. I thought about laying it in the drive way and smokin' it with a sledge but nah. I'll let the rocks have at it first.
     
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    Looks good. Gonna make one for the 14? You could have sent it over to the guy that blew himself up making fireworks. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Realy put it to the test. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    Quick question Kert.

    How much room do you have between the cover and the tie rod? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Are you going to mount the ram to the diffcover??
     
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    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Don't mount the ram to your cover, unless you want to change the gasket after every tuff trail, ask me how I know. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    finished the one for the 14 bolt today. Matches nicely.

    As far as room between the tie rod and cover there is about an inch. but not really sure I got that goofy ford tie rod on the right way. Its just temporary in my case so I didn't pay much attention to it.

    I was gona mount the ram to the cover but now it sounds like that is not a good plan. The ram must have enough power to slip the cover on the gasket and cause leaks?

    I can still mount the ram above the cover. either way its all good. Happy with the new cover thus far.
     
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    you plan on going histeer? when you turn the wheels the tierod will move back, not sure how much, but it may hit the cover /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Yep, you will have trouble with the tie rod and mounting on the cover. Several have had trouble with the cover mount causing leaks. And the Ford knucks have the tierod mounted much closer than GMs. In fact, it's so close that you can't use a tie rod of larger than 1.5" OD. I built one for a friends truck and the 1.5" OD touches the stock cover at lock. No room to plate the cover, and no room to sleeve the tie rod for a 1.75 like mine (which I had intended to do).

    Edit: Best thing at this point might be a set of Deden Bear's if you can stand the $$$. Otherwise I think you will want to redo the cover. High steer on Ford knucks is a very bad option. GMs are border line, Fords are well over the line IMO. My Ford buddy has broken several Ford knucks without even hydraulic assist and without high steer. High steer loads the knucks in a very bad way right where the Ford knucks are weakest (noticeably thinner than the GMs).
     
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    Don't mount the ram to your cover, unless you want to change the gasket after every tuff trail, ask me how I know. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

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    LOL...Are you still using the Avalanche rock ring???

    I know when I bought mine from You...
    You were high on the idea...

    I had to spray High-tac spray sealer on the cover gasket...
    to stop my leaking..and re-torque the bolts...after a run..
     
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    Yeah, still using the rock ring which is holding up fine (except for the ram causing leaks), the problem is the MOO front crossmember which I went to so I could use a straight draglink once apon a time, it is now in the way for putting the ram where I want it so it has to stay on the rock ring until I change the crossmember setup, always something. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    I hear yah...it never ends..

    Did you try silicone???
    I saturated the gasket with Permatex's High-Tac spray..
    and I haven't had a problem yet...after 5 runs...
    I was running 44's yesterday.. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    I'll give that a try, I want to open it up an inspect it anyway when I remove the busted inner and outer shafts. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    I'll give that a try, I want to open it up an inspect it anyway when I remove the busted inner and outer shafts. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

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    Ouch!!! /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    the matching rear.

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