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Bending 4WD beams?????

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
So, I've heard all about bending the 2WD I-Beams and it's sounding really common and I had never heard of bending a 4WD TTB system till this weekend. I was out at Glamis and some guy told me that he had East County Alignment bend his TTB beams on his Ranger to acomodate for 6" of lift. I thought he was drunk but, I just got off the phone with that alignment shop out in Santee (San Diego) and they said they've bent numerous 4WD TTB and will do it as long as it's not stamped "do not bend". Has anyone heard of this or have I just not been paying attention cause this is the 1st time I've heard of this being done. This shop is very reputable so I'm really curious as to what you guys think. They said it would cost $275 to have them bent and aligned.

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

Kritter

Krittro Campbell
Stay away from that place it is a [censored] hole. When I was in teh market for bent beams, all I heard about that place was negative comments. On the phone the guy sounds cool but in actuality I heard hes a ____! The 4wd beams should not even be bent in the first place. BIttings beams are bent on his, ask him about them. I hear the guy down there tells you to put the bigger coils in and then drive it to his shop. He then jsut puts it up on the rack and heats the crap out of them until they are aligned, meanwhile your new coils have gone to crap and sagged like the esay style low rider. He doesnt warranty it and if he does he wont stand up to it.

STAY AWAY FROM THAT PLACE.


Kris

"Revenge is best served cold"
 

John Bitting

Administrator
Dont be a cheapass. Have a shop move the lower balljoint.. By bending you narrow the track width, it looks like [censored] and I have speed wobbles because of alignment problems.. DO NOT BEND THEM
 

Motorider

Well-Known Member
I am looking to move the lower ball joint, any recommendations? I live in Chula Vista, and work in Santee

thanks
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the advice, I had been planning on having the beams reworked like John but then I heard about this and thought it sounded kinda wierd cause I'd never heard of it before. I think I'll just do my ball joints, install my Radius arms if I ever get the right ones and then take it in for the alignment and wait to get the front end reworked at the same time as the coilovers go in.

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

SDranger

Well-Known Member
Ya, definitly get your beams cut and turned like John said, i couln't be happier with mine. Besides the ball joint, you can also "bend" them near the pivot point like mine are. For a pic go to http://www.geocities.com/dezertrat0</A> I have about 17" of travel and have no problems.
 

sirhk100

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SD,
Pinobuilt? Damn, I can't rmember that guys name but didn't he used to work out his garage in PQ? I've got some friends that are friends with him. I've heard he's got a shop out in Miramar or Mira Mesa now. How are his prices? I'm hoping after New Years probably around Feb/March time frame to have my beams worked and coilovers shoved under there. Can he do something like that? What did he charge to do your beams?

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

DougM

Well-Known Member
Trust me I had EC Alignment botch up 2 TWO sets of 2WD I beams..
Kevin used to pit for Nelson &Nelson (thinks hes a racer)but bending the beams they way they do it is PURE crap. At least Autofab has a JIG to do it in and they come out correct each time(not that Im a fan of Autofab!) If you look at ALMOST all the ads for bent I-beams, Autofab sells to the companies(Fabtech, Donahoe, etc) and they sell as there own. I think Jerry@ Camburg does there own but I could be wrong?
Anyways yeah EC will tell you yo put in a HUGE coil and we'll bend it up, only thing is you have to spend once a month in there getting it to drive straight and not wear out your tires...since after there through jacking up your beams , no decent alignment shops will touch them! It also reduces your track width and everything gets pull backwards towards the rear fender edge(ouch!)

I finally took my beams off my old '88 Ranger and threw on an old set of ORD beams that were prealigned and used stock eccentrics and were set for a 4" coil, using stock radius arms.

Doug (not a fan of bent beams or EC Alignment)!
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
Yeah, I like how camburg pushes the lower ball joint out. I went and talked to John at Autofab and no offense to those that like him but, he seems like a jerk. I know he does excellent work but his attitude to me sucked so I won't be spending the money there. When I have teh front fab work for the coils done by a shop I'll probably have them pull the beams apart and send them into Camburg to get them reworked. $300, can't go wrong with that!! For now, I'm going to replace the ball joints, install my radius arms when I can get them and have it aligned. So, where do I get it aligned at in San Diego?

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

V8Ranger

Well-Known Member
I personally have had a good experience with east county allignment, and I know two other people that have gone there and were also happy with there service. When they bent my beams, my allignment was perfect and my truck drove as straight as it ever did. I had my beams bent about 4 years ago from them so maybe things have changed there, I don't know. I liked the fact that they straightened out the existing bend in the beam before they bent it so the track width was not narrowed. I also liked how they bent the beams according to the coil that your going to use so your camber isn't off if you put on a sagged out coil. Just thought I'd let you know about my experience with east county allignment.
 

DougM

Well-Known Member
Khris- North City alignment on Black Mtn Rd near Miramar RD is real good.
Also Beeline in PB right off the 5 near PB exit. They'll do it right the first time
 

Mike_HKmtrsprts

Well-Known Member
I put Camburgs 4wd beams on my brothers truck it got about 8" of travel with a pin mount bilstein in the stock location then Jason showed me how to port the U-joint housings for more angle, so I did it and now it gets 10", he recomends that the housings get re-heatreated after you do that beacause you grind all of it out when you port them.

If you must burn our flag...
please wrap yourself in it first
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
SDranger,

BJ, is that his name? I'm curious if we happen to know some of the same guys. A couple of my friends sware by his work and everytime I mention anything about my Exploder they tell me to go talk to him before I spend my money.

Mike,
Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to talk to them about that before I get the beams done.

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

SDranger

Well-Known Member
Hey sirhk100 i sent you a private message, but i dont know if you got it. Anyway, ya BJ is his name and he has a shop in miramar now. I totaly swear by his work. He's actually about to start two explorers right now and he could totally do a coilover setup, or pretty much anything else you can think of. His number is (858) 271-8264. So your from ramona? we probally do know some of the same guys.
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
Well, I live in a Ramona but grew up in PQ and graduated from Mt. Carmel in '95. Yeah, I got the PM, thanks. I may try and swing by his shop next Friday just to talk to him, check out his work, etc.... Thanks for the info on him!!!

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

JCA

Well-Known Member
Hey Khris get back to work! Your not out of there yet! And don't pull that tired excuse out. hehehe Almost your last real long drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J.C. Andrews
Andrews Racing
www.andrewsracing.com
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
3 more to go man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm hoping I can make it home tonight though cause I was out till 12:30 last night at my friends first show outside of their garage. I've got a feeling I'll be pulling over near San Onofrey (sp?) and napping.

Hey, is it still cool if I swing by this evening and pick up that cross member. Depending on how awake I am I may try to put it in tonight. If not definately tomorrow night and I'm going to do the ball joints too. 3 outta 4 of the ones I got were the Fleet ones so I'll note where I put the one that isn't and see how it does over time. Should I just call your house when I get close tonight or page you or what?



'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

Waldo

Safehouse
This is off the subject but if you surf at San Onofre it is usaully 5-10 degrees warmer than any other beach! Take a swin on your way home to wake you up!

BRAAAAAAAAP!
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
The water is always warm at San Onofre!! Actually back in high school when I used to surf we went there a lot just for that reason and the waves were usually good just north of there. I glow in Black Lights now but that's just an added benefit right?? I havn't surfed in probably 5 years but should get back into it.

'99YZ400,
'92 Ford Exploder lifted work in progress,
lifted golf cart
 

Waldo

Safehouse
Dude - I'm a fair weather surfer (summer) and then play in the dez in the cooler months! My father in law is a die-hard surffer (who hates any form of racing...sorry lad!) and gives me crap for not surfing when it is cold. He just doesn't understand. Oh yeah, I have six toes on both feet.

BRAAAAAAAAP!
 
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