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Post by olyelr » Sun May 28, 2017 12:48 pm

How is it dding without the bar?

I think i know what you are referring to with the side to side slingshot thing... i have felt that numerous times. Very annoying, and sometimes unsafe feeling. I thought the thuren rear trackbar setup helped with that, no?
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun May 28, 2017 8:02 pm

olyelr wrote:How is it dding without the bar?

I think i know what you are referring to with the side to side slingshot thing... i have felt that numerous times. Very annoying, and sometimes unsafe feeling. I thought the thuren rear trackbar setup helped with that, no?
You're talking about two different issues. The rear track bar solves the stepping out feeling in sweepers with off camber bumps.

The front sway bar forces the body to whip back and forth when you load one side of the axle. The Thuren and Carli sway bars are just lower spring rates than the factory. Disconnecting the sway bar causes more body roll and you can feel the LS try to lift the driver's side tire when making slow speed left turns on the gas. It reminds me of my TJ but more subtle. So far I don't have any plans to reconnect the sway bar.

Take out one side link and see how it feels.
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Post by Reloaderguy » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:27 pm

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Post by Reloaderguy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:04 pm

Full droop with skid lowered 1.5".
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A little chop foo 2" drop (static ride height):
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Post by BoldAdventure » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:44 pm

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Post by stubiePW » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:33 pm

Very nice! How did you go about lowering that if you don't mind me asking? If I jack up the rear end as of now, the drive shaft will hit. Looks good!

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Post by Colibri » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:50 pm

Holy crap, I didn't realize that was a problem on the newer trucks. Good job sir!
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Post by Reloaderguy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:19 pm

stubiePW wrote:Very nice! How did you go about lowering that if you don't mind me asking? If I jack up the rear end as of now, the drive shaft will hit. Looks good!
That is the skidplate crossmember, it only holds up those three rod/skid bars and the gas tank skid plate. The cross member comes out with four bolts, the skid plate is held up with five bolts, and the rods have eight bolts. None of it is load bearing, you can lower the fuel tank skid with a floor jack (or just let it drop). A word of caution, don't mess up the crossmember. I'm told it's only available as an assembly with the entire frame. Also, don't over tighten the bolts, the nutserts are soft.
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Post by Reloaderguy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:27 pm

Colibri wrote:Holy crap, I didn't realize that was a problem on the newer trucks. Good job sir!
Don caught it when he had my truck.

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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:37 pm

Out with the old, in with the new.

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Post by DamageWagon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:48 pm

She looks good! Taken it for a drive yet?

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Post by BoldAdventure » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:52 pm

I'm just waiting for you to beat me to 40's and all the smack you will talk about them.
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Post by DamageWagon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:12 pm

MikeKey wrote:I'm just waiting for you to beat me to 40's and all the smack you will talk about them.
Am I building two carriers for 40's? I'll just plan for it.

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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:47 pm

40's looks like writing a check for $10K in parts and another $10K in value loss of the vehicle. Maybe someday but not anytime soon. Probably just a big set of 37's.

The sway bar is vastly better than stock. I'd estimate half way between stock and completely disconnected. Between the new sway bar and the added weight in the back of my truck I am considering revalving my shocks. The harshness is gone but it's so soft it feels lazy. Lazy like a soft leather couch blowing cool air on my nuts while I do 80mph. It sounds good but just too soft.
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Post by Colibri » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:31 pm

Nice! Yeah, the stock swaybar kills the front end. What did you do with the module? Revalve man, you'll absolutely love it. Same thing happened with my truck, 3.0's and 37's never rode like I wanted then changed the bar and too soft lol. Getting the valving dialed in gives back some of the sporty handling on the street and eats up the rough with more speed. I really like your truck sir, good job!
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Post by DamageWagon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:35 pm

Very cool, that's good to hear. Yeah 40's are a serious deal. Big 37's are a solid compromise, just don't do little 37's.

What did you add in the rear for weight? You referring to the tire carrier? Or a soon-to-be item?

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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:45 am

Colibri wrote:Nice! Yeah, the stock swaybar kills the front end. What did you do with the module? Revalve man, you'll absolutely love it. Same thing happened with my truck, 3.0's and 37's never rode like I wanted then changed the bar and too soft lol. Getting the valving dialed in gives back some of the sporty handling on the street and eats up the rough with more speed. I really like your truck sir, good job!
Thanks. I'll have to get with Don in the fall. I mounted the module in front of the radiator on the passenger side. Gen 4 trucks have the ECU behind the passenger side headlight so I has to get creative. I used zip ties but play to get some large pipe clamps.
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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:50 am

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What did you add in the rear for weight? You referring to the tire carrier? Or a soon-to-be item?
Truck cap, bed system, spare tire, carrier, etc.
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Post by DamageWagon » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:52 am

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DamageWagon wrote:
What did you add in the rear for weight? You referring to the tire carrier? Or a soon-to-be item?
Truck cap, bed system, spare tire, carrier, etc.
Ah I thought you got your Kings after all that. I could see all that adding up pretty quick

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Re: Reloaderguy's Mod Thread

Post by Hammerballs » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:11 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:Out with the old, in with the new.

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So you gave up the disconnecting sway bar for a softer but solid bar?

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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:32 pm

It still disconnects.
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Post by Hammerballs » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:46 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:It still disconnects.
Wah! It disconnects electronically still? If so I am so in!

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Post by Reloaderguy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:51 pm

Just take out one of the links, it's two bolts. They come out easier than the junky stock links.
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Post by DamageWagon » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:22 am

When you pull a link

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Re: Reloaderguy's Mod Thread

Post by Hammerballs » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:27 am

Oh. :-( Stone age technology. Lol!

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