Is Everyone A Fabricator Now??

fishd00d

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HOLY CRAP!! This goes to show that you can not just "build a 4-link"...you DO need to cycle stuff and think about it before you do:

Ummmm the front mount isnt even broken??


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Please guys do some thinking and have a competent person build your stuff so you dont kill yourselves and your friends....

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mattrick88

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here is a thread on it <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.offroadrangers.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9430>http://www.offroadrangers.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9430</A>

i hope that guy offroads alone because that thing is a death trap.

some other things i noticed about this truck:
axle ends look like there are welded on with a stick welder
the brake line that just wanders around the axle
no bump stop
the ebrake is run along the link!!!

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by mattrick88 on 12/15/02 07:01 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
 

sirhk100

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Ha, thanks for the laugh!! Outta complete curiosity, did he drive it home like that?

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ACID_RAIN28

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Question, what I am sure that the builder would like to remain annonomys(sp) but what "Wonder Boy" created that thing?

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Kritter

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Fish. did you build that? JK

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JrSyko

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Its kinda funny though how we laugh about how insightful that is, but then if you compare it to the [censored] built on the steering linkage thread it looks like its first class.

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fishd00d

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Nah mine wouldnt have made it to the dirt! lol

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motoxscott

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I'll give the guy credit for trying, you know he has tons of hours into it. Too bad he didn't have someone with some more experiance help him like people here. You never know, he could have got bad advice from some kid hiding behind a screen name who thinks they know everything, their seems to many of those types lurking in the shadows now days.

On the good side just when he was looking for things to do, he has a new project to work on.......................
 

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All you need is a Mig welder and a chop saw and you are a certified off-road Fabricator... Thats what I hear....

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Don't forget the Harbor Frieght tube bender.

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ACID_RAIN28

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perfect example, wont say who it is but here is the story. Buddy of mine who works at a window tint and glass shop told me that this welder is moving into one of the empty places next to the glass place. Well long story short, he purchased a New MANDERAL machine, chopsaw, benchgrinder, Migwelder, BAM!!! instant muffler shop. " WONDER BOY" as we dubbed him aperently woke up one day and decided to do trucks and mufflers. Never welded before in his life! He is still in buisness now surpriseingly for like 3-4 months. But man, you should see some of the stuff, already made some jeep roll cage parts, can u guess what it was out of?????????

I belive after the first two weeks and a few Pissed of relatives and costumers he spent the weekend working on the mig settings, which still are not right, found a sweet spot and marked the settings. He was building a horse small horse corral the other day, with the setting in the same place for mufflers, chicken scratches everywhere, so helped him out a little with some setting adavice, and what do you know it was better.

I know that everyone has to start somewhere and that I will probably get some flak for this but it had to be told.

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Hahahahahah, I wonder what tha spring rate of that shaft is? Someone should refer that guy to the four link thread.....
 

orvacian

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It amazes me when you see something like that, the guy who built it seemingly has no mechanical common sense. What was supposed to keep that beam from spinning when it has heims on both ends?
The shock shaft mabye? Now the fab guy is probably telling everybody that Sway-a-way shocks suck. Can you imagine the look on the face of the guy at Sway-a-way's warranty department when he sees these "defective" shocks?
 

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i think this should be a lesson to all people trying to build a truck, if you aren't sure ask for help, don't let your pride get in the way when your faulty job could get you, a passenger, or someone driving on the same road KILLED! it is not worth a life and/or a jail sentence! if you want to learn by doing be smart learn as much as you can, look at parts already done, and then if you go build it cycle the motion and think in your head what the stresses of weight and motion will do to these parts and how they are being pushed, and were they will break, and most of all be careful!

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motoxscott

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I've seen this same post flair up like a wild fire on some other boards. Anyone can be a critic, how about we offer some help to the guy rather than point out things he probably already knows by now. From what I've heard, the guy driving this didnt build it, he bought it used for a project and only took it out in the desert to see how it worked.........not very good

People have said that it risks other people on the road, why isnt the drunks in Glamis and Ocotillo driving around an issue. (adam brought this up).

I'm not endorsing the truck or the guy, just that I've seen him get torn a new one over this. I've seen many people who have no clue what they are talking about explaining the flaws and how it needs to be corrected and copying verbatim from the "links 101" post here.

That's all from me on this one. No point preaching if no one is listening...........

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I've personally got no experience fabricating and haven't been around it much but plan to start as soon as I get my house and start messing around with bumpers and little insignifigant stuff, but a few questions.

Obviously you should be pretty experienced when it comes to designing a 4-link rear and its obvious he put alot of time into it, but I'm not exactly sure what happened. Again, for anybody thats doesn't know, I live in Oklahoma and haven't seen a true 4-link up close in about 18 months, so bear with me.

I can see that the links twisted apparently because the shocks aren't center mounted (?) on the link. But where exactly did it break?, at the rear where the pivot on the axle is seems obvious enough but what about in front. Is it just a really crappy weld I'm seeing or something else? Did he blow up the heims or what?

Again, I have no pride, I admit I don't know crap about fabricating but would like to learn from other people's mistakes.
 

partybarge_pilot

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What He broke was the shock, the arm is still structurally sound. The shock should be mounted on the centerline of the arm. The pivot of the shock should be slightly below the center line of the front and rear pivots. This way the pressure from the shock holding your truck up also keeps the arm strait. These arms on this truck could be salvaged with, A. A urithane bushing up front and centering the shocks. B. another little hiem in a slider mounted parellel to the front one to keep the arm from twisting but still articulate.
 

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Well I know he broke the shock lol, but thanks :) I figured the shock should be centermounted but I still don't understand that is the only thing that broke, the left link rotated almost 90 degrees. I know that shouldn't happen, what about heavy pounding going sideways (re: CORR trucks), I know I've seen a trophy truck or two with heims at both ends, but I could be crazy. Even with a heim, it shouldn't rotate that much should it? or do he mess up one (or both) of the heims? I wish the pictures were a little better then I could picture it better.

I'm reading through the Links 101thread so that may explain it a little, just trying to figure it out.

Thanks, appreciate the help.
 
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