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New Cross Member For Cross Over?? Do I Need It

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by purple76pearl, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. purple76pearl

    purple76pearl 1/2 ton status

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    ok so i have been trying to do cross over for a long time, i finally got all the stuff i needed for it a week are so ago, and then i re-read this article, im flustered for a few reasons
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    do i really need a new cross member?
    #2 the passenger side arm i got, isnt milled to any degree of an angle, and my hyme joint binds up, grrr i tried to space it out will a bushing spacer, and when i go to flex it just addes more pressure on the joint, not happy about that
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    im not liking the fact that i use bolts instead of studs on my knuckle
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    why am i spending all this time on half ton /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif lol
    ok for real though
    do i need a new cross member?
     
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    I installed a bent draglink to clear the crossmember; this will also help solve your heim binding issue.
     
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    leadfoot067 1/2 ton status

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    i think you only need the crosssmember if your drag link hits it...
     
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    With a 6" it may not be necessary.
     
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    Well, you can read this: Its how I did mine on my D44.
    I think if you use the arm that comes off the top of the knuckle like they do in the article, you will have to redo the crossmember cause the tie rod will be too high. I didnt do that so I didnt have to touch my crossmember.

    Mike
    crossover thread
     
  6. purple76pearl

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    ok maybe this is a dumb question, but how would i get a measurement for a bent drag link? and where would i get a good one?
    also
    i saw a truck with cross over and a bent drag link, and he still ran his sway bar, almost everyone i have talked to said their sway bar got thrown in a pile when they put cross over on? whats some opinions on that
     
  7. jekbrown

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    do i really need a new cross member?

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    no.

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    #2 the passenger side arm i got, isn't milled to any degree of an angle, and my hyme joint binds up, grrr i tried to space it out will a bushing spacer, and when i go to flex it just addes more pressure on the joint, not happy about that

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    as other peeps mentioned, a bent drag should help.. if that doesnt do it for ya, you could always just run a ORD arm.

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    #3
    im not liking the fact that i use bolts instead of studs on my knuckle

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    My steering arm is bolted on... works fine for me.. I have all grade 8 bolts and lock washers on mine. Every once in a while I try to retorque the bolts and all the wrench will do is click click. dont think you have anything to worry about. I know if I had half ton axles I'd worry about them spontaneously blowing up more than I would a bolted on steering arm.

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    #4 why am i spending all this time on half ton /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif lol

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    i dunno... i figure you're just donating funds to the automotive aftermarket as some kinda charity thing.

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    ok for real though do i need a new cross member?

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    no.

    j
     
  8. chevyguybc

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    bring this back, but hey wth..


    I am soo going to be manufaturing crossmembers for chevy frames...( for now...) front, engine , mid, rear, grind your rivits off, drill out to 9/16, then bolt on the xmembers, fully tube, mig welded, laser cut peices, precise, bolt in no fuss
     
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    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    this thread is over 3 years old. wtf?
     
  10. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    You mean just like this one?

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    http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/enginecrossmember.htm

    Rene
     
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    yes but cheaper, AND IN CANADA! no other company exists , i have jigs under way.... soon be able to pump these babies out


    also doubler, np205 np203, auto etc tcase skidplates, etc


    starting off small, thats all Ill say,
     
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    also looking at the picture more, I was going to incorporate the factory sway bar, in stock verisions, and dropped versions for lifted trucks(like min) they will be same price.... I have lifted 52s up front, so i need a sway bar, trust me

    she was scary on the way to harrison this past summer, but i did it all with stock style steering( dropped draglink and lifted steering arm)

    it turned out great, all new parts


    anyways... im sure these offroadxmembers will be a great upgrade to the ride of your truck offroad... i am also in the works of a stock body mount kit(polyurathane) and 1 inch kits... it should ride like new and my truck will be the post child, give me 5 months

    also my mount was going to be boxed and completly stiff, you would bolt your mount to the xmember, making it bolt and go..
     
  13. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Figure out a way to run a sway bar with crossover steering...that is an untapped market IMO.

    As for "In Canada". Great for the few of us up here, but it'd suck as far as you having to ship this stuff to the US where the market is about 100 times larger. The shipping would jack the costs up making your prices not very competitive...unless you like working for minimum wage.

    I'm not trying to crap all over your ideas, but I do recomend doing all the homework you need to first.

    Rene
     

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