Bigger Front Shock Mounts
Due to an upcoming project (3-Link Coil-Over Suspension in front :-) ), I needed to increase the size and strength of the front shock mounts and frame strength. So out with the old.
And somehow fit these in there
Started cutting and grinding away
Adding the frame strengthener plate
Needed to trim a couple inches off the bottom to keep a slight angle inwards for the shock and miss the supercharger intake adapter .
Still a little close:
So I had to cut the corners off
And welded some flat plates back on
Moved on to the other side before welding everything up.
Getting everything mocked up and perfectly match the other side.
And start welding it in place
I made some tabs to grab the bottom of the frame so the mount will attach to the frame on three sides.
I am now able to go from a 9" travel shock to a 12" travel shock and hopefully also support the weight of the truck when I switch to coil springs. :-)
I had too big of an opening at the top on the other side from trying to figure out how it was going to fit originally so I thought I would try my hand at welding a patch on body work.
And last I made a rubber trim piece to fit around the Shock mounts to help keep some water and debris out of the engine compartment.