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 Post subject: Lowered my front axle
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:25 am 
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I finally get the smurf thing

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After lifting my van and using aftermarket torsion bar keys, the inner CV joint angles were quite severe and causing the CV joint boots to destroy themselves over time. So I decided to lower the front axle 13/4" to lessen the angle of the CV shafts. This also gave better clearance between the right side axle tube and the oil pan. Here's some pics of how I accomplished this.
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Cut off left rear axle mount from lower control arm mount
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Fabricate plate from 3/16 thick material and reweld, lower by 13/4", rear axle mount that was cut off.
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Welded back in place on lower control arm mount
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Fabricate the remaining 3 axle mounts from 3/16" x 2" wide flat bar purchased from lowes
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Right rear mount
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Right front mount
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Left front mount
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Idler arm spacers made from 1 1/4" square cold rolled steel
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Oil pan to axle clearance much improved

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Dropped front IFS axle
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 Post subject: Re: Lowered my front axle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:12 am 
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Very cool.

I figured someone would get around to doing something like this. It's a shame the left rear mount is so involved - otherwise this looks pretty straight forward.

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 Post subject: Re: Lowered my front axle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:01 am 
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I finally get the smurf thing

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Location: Charleston SC
Thanks!!

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It's a shame the left rear mount is so involved


In all reality, the axle felt solidly mounted while just hanging on the three mounts. Probably could just scab some 3/16" plate to the bottom of the existing mount, drill a new hole and cut off that 90deg piece and run a bolt thru it. Or bend and drill a new 90deg piece and weld that onto the scabbed on piece of metal. Either way, welding will be involved.

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Dropped front IFS axle
Journeys rear spring hangers and shackles, S-10 leaf springs, 2" body lift
255/70-16 BFG KO2's on 16x8 Fuel Revolvers


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