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Truss..............yea/nay?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dontoe, Mar 26, 2006.

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Truss/skidplate........yea or nay?

  1. Yes

    6 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. No

    24 vote(s)
    61.5%
  3. I'm nekkid, hung and don't need no truss!

    10 vote(s)
    25.6%
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  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I got a used axle truss/skid plate last night. Anybody still use them?
    Love the looks, but I'll lose about an inch clearence on the diff. and the arms look likely to get hung up.
    What's your opinion?
    12 bolt...........

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  2. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I've been thinking about fabbing something similar but I have the same concerns as you as to getting hung up. I may go for an over the axle one.
     
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    i definetly wouldnt run it. if you do a truss do an over the top one. or you can throw in a 14bff and not have to worry about it...:D;)
     
  4. jekbrown

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    yeah, below the axle trusses are about as cool as a chromed leaf spring. Sell it on ebay, use the $ to buy steel and build an over the axle truss instead.

    j
     
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    under the axle trusses are stronger, and more effective. The bolt on kind, too many things to give IMO for them to really do their job. I say sell it on Ebay to some sucker.
     
  6. dontoe

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    I was thinking about cutting off the skid plate and using it though.................lose a little clearance-gain some protection.............what ya think?
     
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    protect what? the 1/2" thick cast iron differential?
     
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    Ditch that retarded thing. That kind of truss is all show and no go. Have you ever seen a cracked diff housing? I havent.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I agree with everybody else. Ditch it and get what you can for it.
     
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    i see those rods getting hung up and bent real quick or you falling on one of them and it bending. the skid wont do jack. the pumpkins are thick...
     
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    my dana 60 had a crack in the bottom of it... it is welded up now(done professionally).
     
  12. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    And at the DPG earlier this month, Harrison....................[​IMG]



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    The skidplate should prevent punctures, at least that's what I was thinking when I bought it.
     
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    so do strong diff covers, and they protect more than the first inch or two, no loss in ground clerance, and though there is no real testing to support it I think they help support the housing too.
     
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    Axle trusses are for keeping the axle from bending. Are you jumping you k5? If yes that it might help! they do catch on most everything that go under your truck.. If you like the way they look then us it if you don't see any benifit with having one don't.... I like my Go Rhino Axle trusses on my K-5 but I'm not going out and rock crawling or anything.... If anyone want to flame me for telling the truth go ahead......
     
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    Do you really wheel? That thing won't help. Do you like the way it looks? Then put it on.
     
  16. dontoe

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    Instead of cutting the skidplate off and using it alone, I'm gonna bolt it to the '73 since it will be a 99% highway truck.
     
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    Trail plow/anchor...

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    Do a google search for the rhino's. The one you have does not look like it will give you any axle strength. It may provide minimal protecting to the pumpkin and slide angles for some rocks, but the rods going out suck ass.

    I bought my truck with the rhinos on both axles, I'm leaving them on for now. (I'm an 80's kid and always liked the way they looked) I don't rock crawl. I stay on level 2/3 trails. I do some hill climbing.
     

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