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AA1PR Longterm build
01-14-2015, 06:00 PM
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AA1PR Longterm build
I'm currently disabled & can only do things so fast with the help of my son
2004 GMC Yukon...
so to make this short, a before & current

about a week of ownership
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current
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maybe a month ago he added the curt front receiver & the LED's on the Nfab bar while removing the factory fogs
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got this for xmas & need a winch following
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more as time allows

not sure how many pics one can post so here's some things we've done in the last month as well
front shocks & sway bar kit last saturday
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new Z71 coils, McBay spacers & shocks this weekend
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picked up a small welder for a tire carrier project we have planned this summer

I want a rear carrier but also to be able to add my ball hitch as well

I had a flat this summer & couldnt get under the rig to get the spare out with my injury, plus it lowers the rigs height back there
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not sure why I cant edit third post, they're all combined into one ?

forgot to add this as the basis of my carrier design ~ http://www.amazon.com/Receiver-Towing-Ex...h+Extender
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01-14-2015, 06:43 PM
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RE: AA1PR Longterm build
I use to have one of those welders. Some advice to help with the weld quality would be to preheat the area you plan on welding with a propane or map gas torch. This will help out tremendously. These things are notorious for laying down cold welds until the metal heats up. They will work for you tire carrier project though. The welds will look terrible but it will work lol. I used mine on a few projects like a roof rack which I no longer have and the mods I did to my factory tire carrier. The welds look terrible but it had held up like a champ.

I would not use this welder for anything critical though (Like suspension components). You're going to need a much stronger welder to get good penetration on thicker metal. Preheating it will help though.

I also see you're a ham radio operator. This may come in handy for some of us in the future. I'm sure some of us will have questions. I know I will once I'm ready to outfit my tow rig project with radios.

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01-14-2015, 07:39 PM (This post was last modified: 01-16-2015 11:54 PM by Smithy.)
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RE: AA1PR Longterm build
I've been meaning to get my 2 meter license for quite some time now, just haven't. No real reason why.

Nice to see another fullsize on the forum

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01-14-2015, 09:34 PM
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RE: AA1PR Longterm build
Thanks guys

& Yes preheating & welding both sides is crucial if possible, I really wanted a mig but couldnt justify its expense for one small project

get that license its ever so easy these days no code required

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01-14-2015, 09:47 PM
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How long is that license good for? Is it an annual thing that has to be renewed/paid for?

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01-15-2015, 08:30 AM
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I want to say its a one time deal with the FCC.

AA1PR, any reason for blocks and coils instead of longer coils?

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01-15-2015, 10:01 AM
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RE: AA1PR Longterm build
(01-14-2015 09:47 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  How long is that license good for? Is it an annual thing that has to be renewed/paid for?

your FCC license is good for 10years, theres an exam fee when you test, but thats it

(01-15-2015 08:30 AM)Smithy Wrote:  I want to say its a one time deal with the FCC.

AA1PR, any reason for blocks and coils instead of longer coils?

couldnt find any specific ones made

so I got the MOOG 81069 heavy duty or also aka Z71 springs

1.5" spacer is about all you're going to get with the stock sway bar links, its got the 4 link rear suspension on these rigs instead of like the old blazers had leafs

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01-15-2015, 10:27 PM
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It's t bars in the front too right? Shortened Suburban

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01-16-2015, 02:17 AM
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(01-15-2015 10:27 PM)Miller88 Wrote:  It's t bars in the front too right? Shortened Suburban

Yes, but I dont remember if they're 50" or 54" regardless

should have kept my old blazer with leafs all around

who would ever thought you'd get IFS & IRS in a 4x4

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01-16-2015, 10:33 AM
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IRS in a Yukon?

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