Sunday, 26 August 2012

Uh oh! Damian's created a MONSTER (truck)

Also known as...  Front Springs Part Two!!

Today's blog post brought to you by Kumho Tyres...  You'll see the mighty R800 rally tyres a little later in the blog post!!

First up, while the front wheel was still off on the driver's side, Damian decided to take the opportunity to grease the ball joints etc...

On with the spring cover and bump stop...

And on with the front wheel!!

Time for the passenger side... armed with the knowledge from yesterday, Damian figured this would be a slightly easier task...  Well, maybe not easier, but quicker as he knew the process to follow!!

First step, remove the spring guard and bump stop.  Note the bump stop on the passenger side has seen better days...

Look at all that room... NOT!!

Clamp the new spring...

Drop the upper control arm ball joint to increase the available movement of the upper control arm.

Throw the spring in place, and gently persuade it with a hammer and lever, popping it into the spring saddle (which you can see below in the middle of the spring.

Throw the strut in for safety...

Release the spring clamps (not shown) and attach the custom made strut tower...

Find a replacement bump stop (this one from the XD Falcon that the transmission came from - Damian knew it would come in handy!!)

Throw a bit of oil on the bolts and ensure they are working nicely before reinstalling...

Hold the spring guard in place while locating the bolts on top...

Good thing Damian comes from Longreach!!

Voila!!  Installed!!

Drop it down off the jack stands to see how it looks...  Holy Crappola!!  That's got to be sitting a good 8-10cm higher than it was previously!!

Maybe it will settle a bit with a test drive...

After the test drive, Damian noted it had settled about 1cm...  My lord this thing is sitting high now!!

Note that there is still a heap of spring showing in the front!! 

Damian jacked up the back to see how it would look sitting level.  It looks like a monster truck!!

It would seem that ground clearance will no longer be an issue for Booger Mobile!!

It used to turn some heads before... You can bet it will turn even more heads at this height!!

Damian reckons that it won't fit out of the shed with Booger's head on it any more...  Might make final preparations interesting!!

So there you have it... new front springs that have given Booger Mobile a real lift!!  Next up will be to get some custom made rear springs so that the back sits at the same height...  And a wheel alignment!!

Stay tuned... esCarpade is now only 6.5 weeks away!!


  1. Whoa... now Booger can stand "tall"... ;)

    1. Yeah, I pretty much had heart failure when I dropped the jack and that's where she sat!! A little higher than I was aiming for, but hey, you take what you can get!!

      -- D

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