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Old 06-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #46
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Alright, so last week I tore into the rear suspension and a buddy tore into the front suspension. I got all the leaf springs off, hangers, and mounted the front suspension mount. Buddy got the passenger spring out and tomorrow I will take off all day and start to put more parts on and hopefully finish.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #47
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So a few tore into the suspension and got everything in, but now need to adjust the leveling valves, and put some wire loom around some of the lines going thru the frame and around the split to the rear suspension. The front suspension pic is not very good. After this tonite, time to wire up the dump valve and finally on to the tank. Hopefully tues I should be ready for the gooseneck hitch and bed.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #48
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So the last few days I have been working on wiring up the dump valves, fuel tank, and wire in the winch controls in the cab. ON the tank install, transfer flow didnt take into account the new fuel filter location that is mounted under the cab right where the bed would meet up with the cab. I called and they said they were working on it.

I took matters into my own hands and moved it. I looked 18" further forward towards the front and saw a location. I unbolted the three bolts from the filter housing, unhooked the fuel lines, and unplugged the connectors and removed. WHat made this so easy was 18" further forward, there was a location that had the same mounting holes. I pushed it up on the frame and bam. Bolted right up. I then cut the plastic lines that come from the metal fuel lines and ran some 3/8" high pressure hose and hooked that up to the filter. The wiring consisted of four total wires and extended the wiring and it fired right up. No issues.

One problem fixed. On to the tank. I had 1/8th tank of fuel and removed the bolts. SKid pan and tank came out easy. The fuel lines disconnected easy as it is all new.

I did all the ohm testing and fitted new tank and 2 hours later, it sits in its new home. The only snafu I had with this is when I went to the gas station. I put in 15 gallons of fuel and 1/4 tank. Perfect. Put in another 10 and 3/8. Ok but that aint right. Another 10 and still 3/8th. WHat the heck. I topped off and tank took 36 gallons.

I go home frustrated and take top of fuel sender and pump off and found that the original O ring was on the float. Put back together and it works. THe only thing I forgot was I plugged the wiring back in and not the hose. I turn the key to check the gauge and my wife starts saying fuel is leaking. It was a geiser. That is why you may see some absorbent on the floor.

Truck is ready for the bed now. Take a few days off to spend with wife and kid and right back at it.

First pic is new location completed and I am pointing at where it was. 2nd pic is looking at new location from the back. The third is where I hooked up the rear portion. 4th is where it was mounted at the stud, and where I hooked up the second line.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #49
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Here is what it looked like up top.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #50
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I weighed the truck with 40 gallons of fuel, and with the new air suspension and the truck weighed in at the exact same weight of 8910. Exactly.

Here are some pics of the front and rear suspension that all was removed. My foot is a size 12 and that puts into perspective the size of those springs. THey are at least 5/8" thick.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:35 PM   #51
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The truck is now ready for the pickup bed and the bumpers will be here on monday. Getting close. Will keep yall posted.
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The truck is really coming along and looks great. I notice that your new fuel tank has a much higher rear section than the stock tank in the 4th gen pickups, from the pics it doesn't look like that section is vented from the top and would have the same scenario as the 3rd gen pickup trucks so perhaps doing the fuel tank vent mod ahead of time before putting the box on would be way easier. Or is it actually vented at each end and those are not roll over check valves?
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It is vented on the front and back.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:42 AM   #54
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I didn't see it in the pictures maybe it just isn't visible, what locates your rear axle laterally?
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #55
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There is a cross memeber that runs from the axle to the passenger side of the frame to keep it centered. THen the two links on each side to keep er straight.
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Can't wait to see bumper and bed on it. Looks awesome!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:24 PM   #57
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Still working on the bed. So i decided to put on the milemarker hydro winch, fog lights, and the blue lake off road 4500-5500 bumper with the extended coverage. I wired in a wireless remote control, an in cab control, and the factory wire remote control. Those auxillery switches are great. I only have two more switches left. After the light force lights, only 1 more left. Bumper and winch took me about 6 hours with all the wiring inside the cab, power steering lines, and fitting the bumper. I had to bust out the plasma cutter as the 13's are slightly different from the 12's and the bumper manufacturer didnt take into account the new intercooler. I am going to replace the 6 year old cable and replace it with plasma rope that I have laying around (place was going out of business and sold it for $1 a foot). I bought 300 feet and put some of the 3/8th rope on my off road truck so I have approx 200 feet left. I do need to buy a aluminum hawse fairlead though.

If you look at the outside light, that photo was taken at 0130 in the morning. Got to love alaska in the summer. Thats as dark as it gets right now.
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here are the last two. I rate this a 4 beer and two coffee rating as it went into the night and finished on the next day.
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Ok, so i just snapped some pics of the switches and where I put them inside. The rear air dump switch is powered by aux 1, winch in and out is powered by aux 2, and air compressor is powered by aux 3. I put on aux 3 because everytime you turn the truck off, the first two aux switches turn off and do not turn back on automatically, you have to push the button everytime you start. Even if you change the fuse to run on battery power, the switch will just stay on even if the truck is off. On aux 3, if the switch is on, and you turn the truck off it turns off. You turn the truck back on, and the switch turns back on. This is especially helpful for my wife. I told her that she has to hit that switch every time she turns on the truck she just looked at me like a deer in the headlights. I was worried until I accidentally left aux 3 on and it stayed on. The auto leveling uses air as it drives down the road.
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This has got to be one of the coolest trucks on this site. Thanks for the updates on your progress.
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