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Old 03-17-2019, 07:18 PM   #361 (permalink)
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Got the steps spliced together (still need to decide on an attachment design). Mocked them up to see how they will look.

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Old 03-23-2019, 09:13 AM   #362 (permalink)
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Had to run out to the metal supply to get some stuff for the step installation, there's a public scale right up the road from it so I threw the steps in back and got the new metal then hit the scales.
Total: 7940lbs
Front 4480lbs
Rear 3460lbs
I have to say I was pretty surprised it was under 8000lbs; I'm not carrying a spare right now so that would put me right up there..

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Old 03-24-2019, 08:50 AM   #363 (permalink)
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Had to run out to the metal supply to get some stuff for the step installation, there's a public scale right up the road from it so I threw the steps in back and got the new metal then hit the scales.
Total: 7940lbs
Front 4480lbs
Rear 3460lbs
I have to say I was pretty surprised it was under 8000lbs; I'm not carrying a spare right now so that would put me right up there..
A bare cargo van long wheelbase diesel is probably 6200-6300, I would have guessed you’d be over 8k as well.
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:32 AM   #364 (permalink)
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It was 6540lbs when I started (minus the wheel chair lift, I pulled that immediately)I think cutting out/off all the IFS mounting stuff up front really helped, also removing the wood/vinyl floor and what was left of the rear seat rails was some savings. I wanted a good baseline before I started any interior build out, I've heard a lot of talk about what people "think" their build out weighs and very little in the way of actual weights.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:24 PM   #365 (permalink)
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A little "ole skool" garage floor booty fab... I decided to go with Class 2 receivers on the steps and will use 1.25" x .19" wall tube to weld to the frame. This should ease installation allowing some telescoping for the differences in the frame to body dimensions...and the receivers were cheap, $10 each from Summit with free shipping.

I'll end up with something between "just steps" and "rock sliders" which is fine, I didn't care for any of the body mounted options, the only one that looked good was the aluminess, but after reading by a few how easily they bend I wasn't interested in laying out a $1000 for them.
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Are you welding them to the frame or making them bolt on? I like the idea of the tube welded to the frame to slide into the receivers.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:48 AM   #367 (permalink)
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The 1.25" tube will be welded to the frame and these will slide on and bolt in place, I'll use a couple of the "hitch tighteners" to take up any looseness.
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:24 PM   #368 (permalink)
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With my hitch mounted evaporative cooler carrier it would flop around using the hitch pin. So I took a 1/2" nut and welded it to a piece of flat stock then slid that inside the carrier tube and welded the flat stock to the tube. Then when you tighten up the bolt it would suck the carrier up tight against the receiver.
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:30 PM   #369 (permalink)
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About 800 miles on it now and I started to actually pay attention while driving the other day as I have been curious about the 4.30 gear choice with my 34" tires, at 65mph (which I drive a lot) I'm at 1675rpm, at 70mph I'm at 1790rpm(6th gear converter locked)...it really seems to like being at that 1800rpm band at highway speed and the instant mph on the CTS2 shows it a couple mpgs better than 65mph..
The DCC Fan controller really works well, I have it set to hold the engine temp at 180-185dgs and I've yet to see it past that...with summer coming it will be interesting to see how much more the fan runs, but, even after warming it up 5mins in the morning it doesn't even turn on during my 9 mile commute to work (on the rare occasion I actually drive...I usually bike in)
The large hayden trans cooler is working really well, most of the time when I'm at operating temp on the hwy I'm running 145dgs, city stoplight driving will push it up to 155dgs. I haven't towed with this set up yet, I need to get going on that..
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:48 PM   #370 (permalink)
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Got the steps installed today, I'm pretty happy with the finished(-ish) product, I think I'm going to Line-X them for a final finish but I've got a couple other things that I want to do that too as well so I'll wait and do them as a batch. I just sprayed some rustoleum "hammered" paint on them for now.
I used a version of what Duane mentioned for bolting them in but instead of welding in nuts I just shot in some riv-nuts then used some shock spacers that fit the 5/8" hole to squeeze and keep them from moving around.

They are good and solid, but not so crazy rigid that they would transfer damage to the frame.
Somebody needs to wash those wheels..

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