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(update) homemade "rock ram"

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by titanic, May 31, 2001.

  1. titanic

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    (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    I posted a few pictures a couple of weeks ago on this subject. After two trail rides, I decided to change the attachment points for the hydraulic cylinder because the ram bent my DOM tierod out about 3/8". The link below shows where I made an extention on the rod so I could attach rod right next to steering arm. This works better-2 more rides-no problems. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tennessee4x4.com/rocketcity/titanic.htm>http://www.tennessee4x4.com/rocketcity/titanic.htm</A>
     
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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    Man that looks just like mine!!!, Except Mine is in the middle, and I have had no problems out of it!!! Looks good !!

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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    this might be a dumb question but what is that on the top of the motor?? on the altenator bracket

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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    [​IMG] Pretty slick set up!!! [​IMG]

    When In Doubt, Whip It Out!
     
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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    just noticed the tennessee4x4 thing. Does that mean you have to put up with DRM??? LOL j/k. he's a good guy....most of the time...
    I like the rock guard around your diff. Did you make that or buy it from metal fusion?

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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    awesome
    question: whats that on the differential?


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  7. titanic

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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    With a hydraulic setup, the steering pump needs much more fluid to operate the cylinder. I just used a radiator hose to extend the filler neck on my pump. Cheap reservoir!
     
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    Yes, I do have to put up with DRM and his Toyota brain but since he put my truck on his web page, I can handle it. He's a pretty good guy. I made the diff. guard myself after I saw how FourXdoctor made them out of DOM tubing. I made the lower bars out of solid 3/4" rods not to wear a hole in the tubes-I rub the thing on every ride.
     
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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    ok so thats what that hose is for. but what is the thing thats just in front of it? thats attached to the altenator bracket. sorry for all the questions. jsut thinking of do it myself some day.

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    It's a turnbuckle. I had to cut the stock A/C support bracket that bolts the the exhaust manifold because of Headers. With this change, it was hard to keep the proper tension on the A/C belt. The turnbuckle is mounted between the ALT. and A/C brackets and holds tension away from each other keeping my A/C belt in better alignment & from slipping .
     
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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    Hey just curious,is there any way you can explain to me how you decided where to tap into the steering box to get the pressure needed to move the cylinder?does this give you the same self centering feeling as before ?
     
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    What size tubing and plate did you use for the diff guard?

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    Inside your steering box is a big piston. When you turn, fluid is directed to the front of the piston or the rear depending on which way your turning. All you need to do is tap into the box where the this fluid pressure is created. This happens to be the end dome on a saginaw box and the on the adjustment plate on top of the box. The stock pump creates the pressure to move the cylinder(1200-1500psi). Yes, you have the same self centering feel when you drive with one bonus-you don't have much play.
     
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    The plate is 1/4". The lower vertical tubes are solid bent 3/4" rods & the top is 1" dom tubing
     
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    Re: (update) homemade \"rock ram\"

    I've been thinking about doing on myself. I have some 3/16th inch plate and 1.25 DOM laying around doing nothing. No tube bender, thinking about just cutting the tubing up. Just something to do to continue learning fab work.

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