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Slodgetto's Green Dragon 4x4 Conversion Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by Slodgetto, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Jul 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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    One of my top 3 trucks on TW! When you did your chevy 63's did you put rubber or poly bushings back in them and where did you get your creeper joints? Also how is it driving on the road with only 2 leaves? I found a 4 pack with overload and am thinking of running them with 3 leaves no overload or 2 with the overload.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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    If you run no overload, make sure you bump stop it.. Otherwise it'll be trash really quick.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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    Thanks for the info, I'll remember that! It wont be seeing offroad often right now, just dd duties so it should be ok no matter what.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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    :laugh: Yeah, it got stuck on the last page.
    Thanks, bro! :) Got my 2.63" creeper joints from Ballistic Fab. They also have a kit with just about everything you need to swap the 63s. I'm actually back on 3 leaves since I was bottoming out way too much on 2. It was a very nice ride..... but I didn't have enough up travel for daily driving. lol :eek:

    3 w/o the overload is perfect. But like, Eric, said, make sure you've got long enough bumpstops! :cool:

    I went with some cheap rubber bushing from rockauto. :cool: rubber flexes better with leaves and poly is over-rated... :D Found that out when I completely tore the big 'D' bushing on my steering rack in Moab. Those poly bushings were only a few months old...
     
  5. Jul 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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    You think shorter shocks in the rear would help with the up travel on the road?
     
  6. Jul 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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    Yes, 12 would be ideal. I got the 14s for a good deal...
     
  7. Jul 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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    im sorry monte, mk3s are fucking hideous
     
  8. Jul 2, 2013 at 5:40 AM
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    Do you have a part number for the bushings or know what vehicle to look up for them? Also these are the 63's I'm looking at.

    4 pack with overload although they are on a 2wd truck :confused:
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  9. Jul 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    Oh and did you pull your gas tank to weld the inner part of the hanger? I was planning on making some like these

    http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125711

    But idk if I'll be able to find that square tubing so I may just have to do the plate idea like you did but I really dont want to pull the tank.
     
  10. Jul 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    Those are good. It was most likely a WT, they come with the 4 pack (I've read). Just an extra leaf, as long as they are 63" long (bring a freaking tape!!) you will be fine.

    You can make brackets like those? That's cool! Otherwise just buy them, they are cheap.
     
  11. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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    Just enter any 88+ chevy/gmc 1/2 or 3/4 ton and it should be the right bushings. I think I used a 1992 k1500 too get mine....

    Those look like the right springs! :) Wouldn't hurt to bring a tape measure (like Eric said). As long as they are 63 or 64 inches long and the centering pin is centered, you're golden. :cool:

    In case you haven't seen this page yet, check it out (lot's of good info! :)): http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-truck-4runner/20665-63-chevy-1-2-ton-spring-swap-faq.html
    Yeah, I pulled the gas tank just to be safe.

    If you can find the square tube, I definitely recommend going with that method instead my method of plate on the outside and inside of the frame. My method makes the fitment pretty tight, and I had to slightly grind down the bushing to get them to fit in the hangers. :eek: Either way works though.:cool:

    Also, serveral companies like Ballistic and RufStuff sell the hangers and several other parts specifically needed to swap 63s on a Tacoma...
     
  12. Jul 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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    On a different (purely hypothetical) note..........

    About how much more do you guys think I could ask for my truck if it had about 70 more hp, and a turbo-ey sound to it?

    $0 more? $500? $1000+?
     
  13. Jul 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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    PS While purely hypothetical, that is a 100% serious question!

    I'm getting tired of potential buyers drooling over everything on the truck until they ask "anything done to the engine?" and they give me the most bored/weirdest face when I tell them "deck-plate mod". :rolleyes: Plus my stupid intake is completely cracked right now and being held together with ductape. Need something to remedy that......
     
  14. Jul 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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    Honestly? It would be worth less money to me.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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    That's what I was worried about. Why? Because it indicates hard driving? Because it puts more stress on the engine?
     
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    Mostly because its a truck, it won't be fast so I'd at least like it to be reliable.
     
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    hummmm
     
  18. Jul 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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    That's just me though, and I'm boring haha.
     
  19. Jul 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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    lol :p

    Would you consider a small turbo (say like a garett t3 or t3/t4) only making about 70 extra hp (maybe a bit more) unreliable?

    Also, think of the pool of buyers that would be interested in buying my truck, man.... :D Do you think the number one concern will be reliability? lol
     
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    Very good point haha. I just don't see a profit there after you buy the turbo manifold (get it custom made I'm assuming) and engine management stuff.
     
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