Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

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Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by loopie » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:12 am

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Post by astrozam » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:30 pm

Interesting, looking forward to more. :supz:

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Post by Cobra » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:41 pm

I'm with zam very interesting
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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by LaGrasta » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:04 pm

Wow, that looks serious. Beautiful fabrication, really. Can't wait for the follow-up.
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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by crash » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:39 pm

you do realize that you're now going to have to start taking orders .. LOL (even though other than the u-bolt part I have no idea how they work)
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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by LaGrasta » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:43 pm

crash wrote:you do realize that you're now going to have to start taking orders .. LOL (even though other than the u-bolt part I have no idea how they work)
My guess is these are really just industrial fabbed leaf spring blocks with "stabilizers" attached. They sell lift/lower block kits at most auto parts store for about $25. They are made out of aluminum and are not all that durable. I've used them many times to raise and lower vehicles with great success, but never on a truck. I have a few friends that cut square tubing stock and use that for a more rugged lift/lower kit. I believe this is what's going on here.
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Gabriel Ultra shocks, rear AirLift bags & sway bar
iPOD, CD, DVD, Dutch door mounted 12s, 400w
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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by loopie » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:13 am

Had to beef up the bracket substantially.
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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by blacknome » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:47 pm

nice welds !! Looks like TIG

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Re: Sneak Peak at a 2.5" Astro/Safari lift

Post by loopie » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Welds courtesy of Dale at http://www.bajanorth.ca/

The 1/4" and no brace flexed more than I liked while getting the U-bolts to torque spec. While it probably never would have actually broke, I definitely didn't like it and I'm sure someone who payed good money for them wouldn't have been happy either.
So 3/8's and a brace it is :rolleyes:

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