Re: Dorifto Truckasaurus: Time to Slam

What are you building? Let's see your progress!
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Dorifto Truckasaurus: Blow my Tranny

Post by HerNameIsSway » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:24 pm

Yeah I see him a lot as well! Creepy hahaha
Sway is like a race horse; if you push it sometimes, it's ok, but if you are hard on it all the time, then it's going to break its ankle and then you will have to shoot it.
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Re: Dorifto Truckasaurus: Blow my Tranny

Post by HerNameIsSway » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:34 pm

I just want to tally up what was done to the truck.

- Vintage cop wheels 15x7 ($120) cosmetic
- Tow hitch ($250?) towing/utility need
- Trailer brake wiring and brake master control ($100?) towing/utility need
- Tonneau cover ($180) cosmetic
- Ride Rite Load Leveling Air Bags ($200?) towing/utility need
- Monroe Heavy Duty shocks all around ($80?) towing/utility need, performance
- Front Control arms replaced due to heavy damage ($20)
- Lower ball joints ($30?)
- Timing chain/gears replacement ($60?) reliability need
- New heavy duty radiator ($300) utility want/old radiator had a very slow leak
- Brand new tires ($380) towing/utility need
- Transmission rebuild ($1000) reliability need

In the past 5 years, that's $2690 spent on the truck and only 39% of that cost was spent on reliability (timing and trans)... and people think that's a money pit lol. I say that's good for 5 years on cost.

Future goals:
- Performance headers and dual exhaust (old headers are leaking)
- Gauges for oil/trans/coolant temps, oil pressure, voltage, maybe get tach and fuel gauge, or fix my current one.
Sway is like a race horse; if you push it sometimes, it's ok, but if you are hard on it all the time, then it's going to break its ankle and then you will have to shoot it.
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Re: Dorifto Truckasaurus: Time to Slam

Post by HerNameIsSway » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:38 pm

So now that I have a 4x4 tall truck, I'll need to lower the 2wd truck. Best of both worlds.

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To achieve the lowness, you can install Dodge B series van lower control arms. They are beefier and have a 3" deeper spring pocket, so there are no spring/shock changes, just get an alignment when all is said and done.

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That covers the 3" drop up front. To lower the rear, there's a common project called an axle flip. The leaf spring sits on top of the axle. Place the axle above the leaf spring and it brings it to a 6.5" drop in the rear.

Ultimate finished goal would change the front/rear fender arch heights from 29"/32" to 25.25"/25.25" so it would actually level out.

Here are the current measurements of clearance:

Truckasaurus stock with 235/75 R15 (oversized but most common tires)

Front bumper 12"
Crossmember 8.5"
Control arms 7"
Front fender arch height 29"
Fender to 15" wheel 7.5"
Fender to tire gap 1.5"
Door clearance 13"
Rear fender height 32"
fender to 15" wheel 10.5"
Fender to tire 5"
Rear bumper 20"
Hitch frame 12.5"
Receiver 11"

Wheel to airbag clearance 3.75"
Axle tube and mount total height under leaf spring 4.5"
Leaf spring 2"
Gap from frame to top of leaf spring 5.5"

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Truckasaurus front dropped 3" and rear 6" drop with 235/75 R15

Front bumper 9"
Crossmember 5.5"
Control arms 7" ? May vary
Front fender arch height 26"
Fender to 15" wheel 4.5"
Fender to tire gap -1.5" (tucking)
Door clearance 10"ish

Rear fender height 26"
fender to 15" wheel 4.5"
Fender to tire gap -1" (tucking)
Rear bumper 14"
Hitch frame 6.5"
Receiver 5"

Wheel to airbag gap 3.75"
Axle tube and mount total height under leaf spring 4.5"
Leaf spring 2"
Gap from frame to top of axle over leaf spring 1.5"

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Truckasaurus front dropped 3.75" and rear 6.75" drop with 235/55 R17 (this tire size matches closest to the factory recommended tire size which reduces overall diameter by 1.5", meaning changing the tire size alone results in a .75" drop.)

Front bumper 8.25"
Crossmember 4.75"
Control arms 6.25" ? May vary
Front fender arch height 25.25"
Fender to 17" wheel 3.5"
Fender to tire gap -0.75" (tucking)
Door clearance 9.25"ish

Rear fender arch height 25.25"
Fender to 17" wheel 3.5"
Fender to tire gap -0.25" (tucking)
Rear bumper 13.25"
Hitch frame 5.75"
Receiver 4.25"

Wheel to airbag gap 3.75"
Axle tube and mount total height under leaf spring 4.5"
Leaf spring 2"
Gap from frame to top of axle over leaf spring 1.5"

Here are the results done by other people:

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Sway is like a race horse; if you push it sometimes, it's ok, but if you are hard on it all the time, then it's going to break its ankle and then you will have to shoot it.
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