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Smithy's Suburban
11-04-2013, 09:53 PM
Post: #21
RE: Smithy's Suburban
That's what I was worried about. The shackle doesn't drop when fully extended because it already is pretty much straight up and down. That and your leaves are pretty flat and don't seem like they would arch up much when fully extended.

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11-05-2013, 10:34 AM
Post: #22
RE: Smithy's Suburban
The way he explained it ( in a nutshell) was that since my leaves are flat at ride height you actually want less shackle angle. More angle would lead to binding and artificially increase the spring rate, since under compression the spring eye wants to travel forward as the spring goes into negative arch. More angle would tend to force the eye rearward.

If I force flex the truck on the lift I can get the tire around chest height before the rear suspension is maxed out, didn't want to go any further and have the arm slip out so I stopped there. Knowing my luck OSHA would pick that exact moment to stroll into the shop, lol.

So I'm going to leave it alone and see how the truck works as a whole before I tinker with it more.

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11-05-2013, 02:21 PM
Post: #23
RE: Smithy's Suburban
Yeah the only way to tell is to try it out. Put it on the trail and see how you like it.

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11-05-2013, 07:52 PM
Post: #24
RE: Smithy's Suburban
What's up Billy Bones? Kinda crazy. I logged some hours in that truck when I was working at TLC lol. It spent way too much time in the junkyard on the side of the building. Love the fact you SAS'ed it and would love to check it out some time. Keep it up buddy.
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11-06-2013, 08:01 AM
Post: #25
RE: Smithy's Suburban
(11-05-2013 07:52 PM)Capria Wrote:  What's up Billy Bones? Kinda crazy. I logged some hours in that truck when I was working at TLC lol. It spent way too much time in the junkyard on the side of the building. Love the fact you SAS'ed it and would love to check it out some time. Keep it up buddy.

Yeah that's me, small world, lol.

Pretty neat that you know the truck, and have some history with it. I worked over at Bresee when TLC owned it, and was able to snag all the records on it before the business was sold.

So far its been the best truck I've owned, then I had to ruin it, lol.

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11-06-2013, 02:53 PM
Post: #26
RE: Smithy's Suburban
Def a small world. I worked at TLC from 2008 till late 2012 but the owner of the company has been a family friend for 25+ years. The burban was originally his personal vehicle till he replaced it with that white Excursion you see parked out in front of the building now. After that it became a Supervisor unit for a little while before it got retired. He is the only guy I know that paints his vent shields white to match the truck lol. Always was a strong running truck for a 6.5 and was pretty well kept up by Mikey in TLC shop. It's awesome to see it SAS'ed and even more awesome to see another local wheeling a fullsized, full bodied GM.
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11-06-2013, 03:22 PM
Post: #27
RE: Smithy's Suburban
Ruin? You improved it!

Ditching IFS for solid axle with leaf springs is definitely a step in the right direction!

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11-06-2013, 03:54 PM
Post: #28
RE: Smithy's Suburban
(11-06-2013 02:53 PM)Capria Wrote:  Def a small world. I worked at TLC from 2008 till late 2012 but the owner of the company has been a family friend for 25+ years. The burban was originally his personal vehicle till he replaced it with that white Excursion you see parked out in front of the building now. After that it became a Supervisor unit for a little while before it got retired. He is the only guy I know that paints his vent shields white to match the truck lol. Always was a strong running truck for a 6.5 and was pretty well kept up by Mikey in TLC shop. It's awesome to see it SAS'ed and even more awesome to see another local wheeling a fullsized, full bodied GM.

That's a cool little bit of history. I kind of liked the white vent visors, lol.

Glad to see I'm not the only guy around here with a fullsize GM

(11-06-2013 03:22 PM)Miller88 Wrote:  Ruin? You improved it!

Ditching IFS for solid axle with leaf springs is definitely a step in the right direction!

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11-06-2013, 09:03 PM
Post: #29
RE: Smithy's Suburban
Found the upper travel limit for the front suspension, so I'm basing the shocks off of that.


Upper mounts are the F250 brackets everyone uses. I cut the IFS shock mount flat, and used that as a mounting point. Plug welded in.

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Notched the lower mounts to match the angle of the upper mount.

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Welded on

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Not exactly thrilled with how it came out, may cut the lowers off and redo them. I'm a little paranoid that they may twist off and send a shock through my brake line, but then I look at how flimsy the factory mounts were. I'm thinking something similar that extends to at least the center of the spring plate.

Uppers welded up both sides.

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Front shocks in. Used Pro comps with about 10" travel, should be fine for now.

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11-06-2013, 10:35 PM
Post: #30
RE: Smithy's Suburban
I love the look of brand new parts lol. Make me almost not want to dirty them up. That's until I'm behind the wheel and looking at some trail face to face. That when I get the, "I can make it" thought run through my head lol. That's the end of the good looking new parts lol.

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