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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:42:26 PM »
At the rate the Burb is gaining weight, I may have to short track a LB7 or a LBZ swap!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:41:11 PM »
175 maybe.  I will put it on the scale before it ships.
I just pulled the stocker off this afternoon. Make it 30-40 lbs

This bumper you built, Brian, mimics the sea wall defenses the Germans erected at Normandy France!
;-)

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:31:26 PM »
One more problem to solve.

This monster axle has some monster studs. Not the 14.5mm stock size but something like 3/4" fine thread. I've never seen a stud this large on a passenger vehicle.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:29:25 PM »
What size pipe are you running on that exhaust Chief?


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3"

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:28:50 PM »
It looks a lot less busy under there for the moment. That is about to change in a big way

Where once rested an axle with two shocks will shortly be the home of that + two air bags + a rear sway bar + probably a track bar as well

Additionally that "area" will get another fuel tank and a second battery

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:25:35 PM »
The size difference is obvious. I'd estimate the replacement is 75-100 pounds heavier.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:24:14 PM »
Next, I dropped the old axle out. Say goodbye to this compromise of an axle, I'll not have it!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:22:52 PM »
Then when completely dry, I bolted the exhaust system back on and can call that step in the process, complete!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:21:25 PM »
While the paint was drying I removed the rear bumper and started removing the rear axle

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:19:56 PM »
The pipe sections then got a lot of smoothing and a couple coats of high temp paint

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:18:51 PM »
The outlet protrudes just past the rocker, oriented aft and down and is pretty high off the ground.

I will have to move the step forward an inch or two

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:16:56 PM »
The two mounts supporting the muffler:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:14:44 PM »
Then I started on the mounts. I ended up adding three hanger points to carry the weight of this heavier system

The most rearward is a simple threaded stud that fits up through a new panel I fabbed up and is cushioned by two sway bar bushings

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:12:38 PM »
Welded up the shorty "Under the frame" tailpipe

It got a bunch of smoothing and prep after this point

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:09:06 PM »
X2...Very nice!

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:37:16 AM »
LOL JR, I might.  one month out of the week when they are all "in sync".  Either there or the shipping container....

I’m gonna need a guest house too... have a third kid on the way (known since Christmas) and found out yesterday it’s another girl. That makes 4 including the wife... plus one cat and the dog. Just me and the cranky old cat keeping the testosterone in check around here (and he has no balls).


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Reading this...You having another girl...and trying to maintain a TBQ (Testerone balance quotient)

Generated a scene in my minds eye

It was holland I think, because the guy was wearing wooden shoes. He was frantic

He was standing next to a dyke (As in a mass of earth and rock)

He had several fingers on both hands plugging holes in the dyke.

He was looking off to his side at a new leak fountaining forward a little stream of water

His look was more of resignation...

Sorry for your situation (Not really!!)

Oh and another thing

A cat does not the man make. Best not mention it unless talking about this spectacular shot you made when.... ;-)

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Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:27:10 AM »
Dave,
Praying for you now

All: Praying for God's blessings and protection for everyone here

Tex,
Praying ahead of the Knee surgery. After two, I know a little bit about what your recovery is going to be like. I wouldn't plan for much activity at all. Maybe you will be surprised and be able to move about.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:14:57 AM »
I believe I told you about the diodes and even put a link to the instructions Chief. You don’t need their kit, just go to the store and buy some diodes. They are cheap.

Nate when I did mine it was because it’s only required on the 01-03 IRRC and not many people spend $1k on steps for a nearly 20 year old truck.


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Missed or forgot about it...

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:13:13 AM »
What’s the flavor of the winch Chief? That rear axles all done then? Sure is wee but nasty looking.... however I ain’t got much room to speak our frame needs a cleaning and painting....

You’re Doing great work Chief!
No, haven't touched the axle. You will see that pretty soon (This coming week??)

It is brand new as in was never installed after manufacturer. But garda just left the pallet of new axles sitting in the yard awaiting transplant into some goverment up-armored Suburban.

Then Tommy got the thing along with a couple pallets of 14 bolts that also stayed out in the weather for some time. When he was down to just this axle, I'm guessing he moved it into the shop and onto an "Axle rack" where I first saw it.

A lot of those brackets are coming off. No low hanging anything on this new axle. I will clean all that business up before repaint and reinstall. It should look a lot cleaner when I get done with it.

One notable exception, though is the track bar bracket. Stock 3/4 ton Suburbans never had one. I suppose it was added along with all the armor plate to keep the truck stable in turns. I just may keep that sucker on there...undecided

And JR, the spring pads are on the tubes and set up for my generation Suburban!!!!!!!!!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:06:46 AM »
What kind of garbage is that?.....what is their reasoning for having the customer call and special order diodes and mini wiring harness.....after they already paid for what is marketed as a complete kit?

Or did i miss something?
No, Nate, You're right
I had the same sentiments when I got to that point and realized I was still days from finishing. Imagine if I was planning on driving to work on monday with that mess?

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:59:31 PM »
^^^^^^^^^ Dana 80 with 4.88 gears and 14 bolt Gm axle tubes, axles and ends.

This one is going to be interesting!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:58:04 PM »
And that's a good thing, because I picked up the frankenstein rear axle and am about to get started on it

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:56:59 PM »
The actual tailpipe is a regular piece of spaghetti. The muffler outlet is several inches above the bottom of the frame rail. Therefore the pipe needs to turn downward, then, rotate aft and turn up again, hugging the lower countours, then angle aft and finally turn downward once again. Somehow I made all of that happen. After some finish welding and the creation of the hangers, this thing will be done too!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:54:04 PM »
There is a lit of fitting and experimentation, but little bit by little bit, the system grew rearward

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:53:08 PM »
By creating this "Misalignment" section, I got the muffler centered and tucked up into the chassis very neatly

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:52:02 PM »
Then, using a stack of 3" tubing bends, I started at the Y-Pipe outlet and worked my way backward, one painstaking piece after another

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:50:50 PM »
I could see about where the steps will stow, so it was time to finish the exhaust system

First in was the Y-Pipe, again.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:49:41 PM »
But, the required diodes were not included in the parts, something Amp does intentionally. They require you to call them to order the diode and mini harness to complete the wiring. Therefore I could not finish the project tonight!

I did wire in and mount all four LED illumination lamps and secure the wiring harnesses

That was all I could complete and am left with maybe an hour's work making four wiring connections

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:46:43 PM »
I told myself I would not stop until the Amp Research steps were completed, so I ran the left and right wiring harness and pulled the sill plates to make the connections inside the cabin

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:45:10 PM »
Brown truck brought the new winch. It's a heavy one!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:44:23 PM »
After looking at the wheels that I had painted the centers black, I decided to remove the paint and either leave the finish alone as manufactured or acid etch them and paint them the massey gray I have been using lately...Jury is still out on that.

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Yep!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 22, 2019, 11:03:51 AM »
https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/507477382.html

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F-Models...Big $$$$$ to operate them.

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CIEMR / Re: Seriously, What is it with these Democrats???
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:52:45 AM »
These people are SO obviously frauds

Is everyone blind?

Can you just make stuff up, do nothing with your life

or things of a nefarious nature

And be upheld by the Democratic national committee?

It's very unsettling, and heck, we the real people do not want to soil our hands and get into politics to try to stem the tide of outright stupidity being exercised by half or more Americans these odd days.

Don, I think the backers of the DNC (real power) seeks these people out to ensure they have control. It's hard to be moral, or act with integrity, if you have serious black mail info hanging over your head.
Yep, copy all...

A republic and a democracy requires thinking participants to work properly. Otherwise the controls can be manned by the unwitting. Think of the consequences of giving a M249 to some 14 year olds without instruction!

Or of someone like a bartender given a national voice and the right to vote on the creation of law!
(Oops, that already happened...Yikes!)

Liberty requires courage. (Thomas Jefferson, the smartest man ever to inhabit the white house knew that)
For all of it to survive, requires the greater percentage of the population to be moral, (because that internal compass keeps everyone oriented and on track) and semi intelligent, and the courage to stand their ground. Problem is, that too many of these critical dykes against the current of evil and change are weak and are failing.

That leaves a pretty big job for the people still standing in the gap between freedom and a new reality. Perhaps evil only has to wait out cultural change to a point where the balance tips.

I was an AeroScout in years past, and one thing that I noticed was when the enemy was strong, they did not so much conceal their position. Kind of like to say, "Yea. I'm here, What are you going to do about it?"

We see this in our leadership in government. We see it in moral weakness which took the form of political correctness. We see is as a failure to make an assertion for what is ours with this open borders thing. We see it as an erosion of our core values. I was once just an American Citizen. Now I have been redefined by some as a racist, old white man who benefited from white privilege who is homophobic, islamaphobic, a hater, and on and on.

I still believe that I am just an American Citizen but admittedly, I am probably racist. I very much dislike anyone who comes to mu country then tells me we are wrong and need to change. Nope, don't like that, and I happen to believe that's OK to feel like that. I guess I am homophobic, because no where in my genome is any accomodation for anything other than what is outlined in God's perfect plan. Funny, but I think my thinking that way is OK too. I think I am Islamophobic because no where have I seen Islam succeed without the help of the Christian west. Islam is responsible for the bulk of the world's suffering and war. Islam creates a very bad place from any very good place, and I've seen them facing us on the battlefield. In summary on that subject, they just don't belong in America. Religious freedom considered, they do not want to become good Americans, they want to bow to their Imans and change us. Just look at our new Somali congressman.

I don't particularly believe I benefited from some white privilege. I think I benefited from a lot of really hard work. What amounts to years of double throw down study of abstract stuff to earn silver wings, then advance in that realm. Working lots of jobs I didn't like. When i was a buck Sergeant, I didn't have enough money to eat all the time. Luckily with a lot of field duty, I could eat for free, and other times I would hunt after "work" and shoot something to eat! I didn't have enough money to pay for auto insurance and I could only drive $100 cars. My boots were always in better shape than my vehicles, but if the car failed, the Army never did fail to maintain me. I even grew up in a small house, 900 sq ft. I lived in the attic because there was no room for me downstairs. I got a heater when I was maybe 10-12 years old, and actually got a window AC when I was about 16. I would go to bed up there when it was 105 or 20F. I just dealt with it and worked my way out of it. If any of that is some kind of privilege, then I sure don't want that for my kids!

I guess I am not all that worried, because at some point, someone like a schummer or a pelosi, or a Gov Brown or any of a host of others are going to push the wrong button, and insurrection will follow. That will spread to every corner of this nation, and if we freedom lovers can get the purge done quickly enough, before the UN peacekeepers show up, we just may be able to salvage the greatest man made institution and nation that has ever existed!

If not, it will have been a fight worth fighting.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:39:21 AM »
Dmax.. I posted pics in the dot thread so as to not dirty up this one.
Ah, Ken...This is why you're my favorite!

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D.O.T. / Good Ones
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:37:19 AM »
Good Ones:

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CIEMR / National Emergency
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:30:14 AM »
President Trump is our current hope for America to outlast the onslaught of those seeking to destroy her.

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CIEMR / Re: Seriously, What is it with these Democrats???
« on: March 20, 2019, 06:05:38 PM »
These people are SO obviously frauds

Is everyone blind?

Can you just make stuff up, do nothing with your life

or things of a nefarious nature

And be upheld by the Democratic national committee?

It's very unsettling, and heck, we the real people do not want to soil our hands and get into politics to try to stem the tide of outright stupidity being exercised by half or more Americans these odd days.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:33:51 AM »
^^^ Looks good!

Line-X, OK I'll take a look

I had my Tundra Line-X coated back in 2001. The stuff faded and pilled up. Not a great coating in my view.

But if they changed their formulation, well...

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CIEMR / Seriously, What is it with these Democrats???
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:24:50 AM »
Fifteen times between May 5, 2005, and October 6, 2006, an unidentified customer walked into Charlotte’s Furniture Store in El Paso, Texas — an establishment owned by Beto O’Rourke’s mother, sitting on a site partially owned by Beto himself — to buy furniture.

He must have needed a great many sofas and chairs. On each visit to the store, he spent between $22,000 and $50,000 in cash.

Over the year and a half, this unidentified customer dropped a cool $630,745 in cash shopping for furniture.

Then Beto’s mom divided the cash into separate piles of less than $10,000 each and recorded them as deposits.

Why $10,000? To avoid having to report the suspicious transactions to the IRS.

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She was arrested, indicted, and, on May 11, 2010, convicted of “structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements.” U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone fined Mrs. O’Rourke $250,000.

Startlingly, neither the prosecutors nor the judge made her disclose the name of her customer, despite the obvious and natural implication that his (or her) cash stemmed from ill-gotten gains.

Beto lived under the protection of his father, Pat O’Rourke, the local political boss of El Paso County, Texas. Pat’s life was controversial.

In February 1983, sheriff’s deputies installing a two-way radio in his car “discovered a tied condom containing an off-white powder they believed to be either cocaine or heroin. The sheriff’s captain ordered the substance destroyed” and hushed it up.

The incident came to light several months later, in October 1983, when the captain was indicted by a grand jury on charges of official misconduct and tampering with evidence. The captain lamely said he believed the drugs had been planted by one of O’Rourke’s political enemies.

In yet another instance of covering up for his son, Beto faced only the basic DUI charges for an incident involving so much more. Aged 26 — on the night of his birthday — O’Rourke was speeding on a Texas Interstate long after midnight (exceeding the 75 mph limit) when he struck a truck, crossed the large grassy median strip and came to a stop. He tried to leave the scene of the accident, according to a police report, but a passing motorist made him stay. Police said he “was unable to be understood due to slurred speech, had glossy eyes, and smelled of alcohol.” His blood alcohol was measured at 0.134.

But he was not charged with leaving the scene nor with a more serious vehicular felony.

Instead, the charges were dismissed after O’Rourke completed a court-approved diversion program. The Washington Post noted that Beto’s father “had been El Paso Country judge from 1982 to 1986 and was running for the position again” at the time of the 1998 incident.

Pop’s intervention may have saved Beto once before. In 1995, at age 22, he was arrested on the campus of the University of Texas El Paso campus for “attempted forcible entry” of the University “Physical Plant” and had to spend the night in jail.

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There is no evidence of Dad intervening in either arrest but connect the dots.

With this family history, particularly his father’s brush with the discovery of cocaine in his car, it is odd that the O’Rourkes did not have to reveal the name of her disclosure-averse furniture customer. Now that Beto is running for president — and his mother is still living — it would seem appropriate to press them for information about the tax-evader they assisted in the commission of a felony.

It is obviously relevant to know if the customer was involved in narcotics or organized crime. Her son is, after all, running for president.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:10:55 PM »
Don you could use the KBS stuff on the bumpers, but then use the topcoat, too, which has the UV protection.

I painted my rear bumper black with that stuff.




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I was actually considering the KBS stuff, but I've had terrible luck with it in a UV environment. Paint over it and you've got soft paint over kryptonite.

After hearing all the comments, perhaps the standard finish I give them is best. Acid etching primer, a two stage urethane product, then overcoat with some sort of urethane based bed liner. Painting over that is something I have never done, but I just may. I've found the stuff fades and really absorbs the sun's heat. Perhaps a clearcoat of a blast of urethane black or semi-flat black would provide a good looking finish.

And, I did not plan to make a career out of painting those things, as I am on a timeline to get ready to go...

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:59:10 PM »
I got some of that hooked up, but most of it remains to be completed. I also lengthened the transfer case breather. It used to vent right on top of the transmission. Now it has found a new home up near the hood line in the engine compartment.

I want to check the trans vent to ensure it, too, can stay high and dry.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:57:05 PM »
Then I located the control module according to the instructions, then started to lay out the wiring harness

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:56:01 PM »
So far, so good

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:55:23 PM »
These three pics would suggest that I just threw the steps on there with little to no fuss, but that is no where near the truth.

The placement of those hinges requires some painstaking locating and drilling of holes, then an alignment process to make things come out OK. I was very pleased to be rewarded with a perfect fit of everything.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:52:48 PM »
There is an ordering to things. I would have assembled the exhaust, but without knowing where the exhaust sits and the relationship between that space and the room needed for step extension/retraction, I had to install the Amp Research steps first

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:50:47 PM »
And, yes, Tex, I remembered to fill the case with new fluid!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:49:38 PM »
So, here are the finish shots of the transfer case. Now that completes the engine, transmission, and transfer case, where everything got touched, rebuilt, replaced, renewed, or something. It's in like new condition

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:46:55 PM »
So, I also ordered the entire roof rack structure yestertag.

This time I am going to use a simple bolt together extruded aluminum product called 80/20 aluminum extrusions.

I will bolt the side rails directly to and through the existing factory rack both anchoring and strengthening that system, and extending the rack into a rectangle from the rear ro almost the windshield.

The included slots will provide infinite possibilities for attaching things like the tent, a basket, lights, the kitchen sink and a milk jug just to get me started.

Seen the back to the future Delorean?? That's the look I am going for with Ravin8 :shocked:

Hey don if you are going the 80/20 route before you buy a bunch of stuff let me know I have tons left over from a few projects, it all depends on the size you are going to use
Now ya tell me!

I am working the T-10 size 1" X 1" and 1" X 2"

Two side rails of the 2" stuff, 114" long, the front and back in 2", then 6 lateral bars evenly spaced along the length.

I will be using a combination of internal 90 degree and external 90's to assemble and add rigidity to it. From what I see, it should be as stout as a a WW2 battleship but super light.

I also have plastic filler strip to close in wiring that will extend to the various lights I mount up there, and some decorative end caps to make it look professional. Intermediate braces are 46.25" in length and all the tubing and hardware is black.

I could use some for the interior. Would like to assemble a catch-all rack and some other things.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:41:01 AM »
Oh, and the winch never arrived. I called to trace it down and found a shipping label had been created, but no further action was ever done. So, they are sending out another one and that should be here Friday ahead of the bumpers

It's coming together nicely!

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