Well, I have been busy finishing up some back end build items. I am getting close on the oil pan. I think I have my new cross member/link support/transmission mount engineering complete.
I have parts and pieces coming from many sources and all different delivery- availability schedules, but it looks like I will have most of the builder parts within the week, and the shocks in from Poly Performance in about two weeks.
Bent up the 1.75 X .120 wall 1020 DOM shock hoops today and got the driver side mocked up. I will not be notching the hood - I have about 1 inch to spare. Shock will be mounted about 2 inches above the top of the axle, about 5 degrees in and 5 degrees back, 34 inches eye to eye with about 6 inches of up travel.
Hoop in position drivers side:
One of the challenges to this type of mod is finding a place to move all the under hood hardware. Finished the easy one - the On Board Compressor. The batteries were handled in the last project.
Some may question the use of DOM on the shock hoops considering my rants in another thread. The two upper shock mounts will want to twist and rip the shock hoop, hence the enhanced properties of DOM. If you were not carrying the load of the entire front end and just running shocks, imo HREW would be fine.
I have some nice stuff coming in from ARTEC INDUSTRIES, a small shop out of Arizona. One of the items is the front axle truss. Though I have to cut mine up to fit the Rock Jock, their Dana 44 and 60 conventional trusses are super nice and competitively priced. Next week.