1995 F150 4x4 Big Bird Tribute

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    We ensured no chafing issues when routing the fuel lines by encasing them in hoses where they passed our frame plates installed to reinforce the bump stop locations...

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    Now that we have the upper and lower shock locations dialed, we need to smash the suspension while the leaf packs are still apart and measure the distance between them, then put the spring packs back together and droop this bad boy out to get the long measurement as well. This will give us the information we need to order up our shocks. Here is what the rear system looks like at full droop. We measured for our limit straps as well. All measurements were realistic with buffers to allow for limit strap stretch and plenty of room at smash and full droop to ensure our shocks would not be a limiting factor.

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    Rear suspension travel appears to be a clean 17 inches. This image was printed, laminated and is on the fridge! Big Bird Tribute is coming to life!
     
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    Time to finish up that bedcage. Need to allow for dirtbike and spare tire and a secure spot for a couple fuel jugs.
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    Pretty much finished with the Bedcage. Later we will fab up a locking system to keep the fuel jugs secure while parked outside the strip club or taco stand. With fuel jugs and without.....
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    As you might have noticed, we have been working on the bedsides as well. By removing the stock bedsides and installing these dapper units from Hanneman Fiberglass. Bedsides 1.jpg Bedsides 2.jpg Bedsides 3.jpg Bedsides 4.jpg Bedsides 5.jpg Bedsides 6.jpg Bedsides 7.jpg Bedsides 8.jpg Bedsides 9.jpg
     
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    They look super cool with the old school tailgate we plan on using. Bedsides done 1.jpg Bedsides done 2.jpg
     
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    Next up, were headed to the front. We removed the stock Dana 44 beam setup in favor of plated, skidded, trussed, extended, cut and turned units built by Dave at Threat Motorsports. The new setup will replace the stock radius arms with longer mucho beef units designed for better ground clearance and pivot on 1.25 inch rod ends.

    First Wyatt and his brother Jake removed the stock system.

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    Checkout these beams, sweet parts. We went with OEM rubber pivot bushings to keep things cushy...

    Wyatt thought painting them with clear would be a good idea...Junior balked but dang....they sure turned out sweet.

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    Time for hanging these wide swinging whoop scissors! We located the radius arm pivot boxes with a c-clamp for now. We will wait until we get the differential and axles back in before determining final location and mounting them. Remember, cycle, cycle, then cycle again to ensure everything is where it needs to be!

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    The parts from threat came with the necessary longer axle shafts as well. Next up will be changing the ring and pinion on the Dana 44, getting new u-joints in the front axles, changing the hubs over to massive wheel studs and getting everything together with all new bearings, seals, brakes etc. Lots of work ahead of us, including some trick coilover shock towers!

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