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Old 12-13-2011, 07:58 PM
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Omelet's Limiting Straps!

Here is another one I though I would share with you guys!

I have never been a fan of allowing the shocks to be the limiting factor in a suspension. So I am installing some limiting straps to the WK. I am starting with the front and then moving to the rear. I did a little shopping around on line and found some decent deals, but in the end I picked up what I needed from a local off road shop (Off Road Warehouse). I got 2 straps (12"), 2 adjustable clevises, and 2 weld on clevis mounts.



I got the adjustable clevises, because I was told to expect the straps to stretch about .5" over time. Also because I want to stop the down travel about a .25" from the end of the shock stroke. These will allow me to fine tune the strap limitation.
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

I started by lifting the front end and removing the tires. Then removing the nut at the strut fork.



Notice the protrusion above the bolt. I needed to cut that off so the strap would sit flush once bolted on.



Then I cleaned up the bare metal, primed it, and painted it.

Next thing was to locate the best mounting surface for the clevis mounts. This was the spot for me.



I figured out exactly where it needed to go, then I sanded the frame down for a clean welding surface.



It was more difficult to weld then I was imagining because it was such a tight area. But I made it work! It would have been better to have the strut out, but that would have taken a lot more time.



then I cleaned it up, primed, and painted it.



Now to assemble everything! Depending on the straps that you get you might have to enlarge the bottom hole. I did and it wasn't easy. These suckers are hardened steel. Not easy to drill!



Install the clevis and adjust to the desired length. I tightened them down a .25" short of full suspension extension.



And it is finished! Bolt the tires back on and go wheeling. I will be putting these to the test tomorrow.





I hope this has helped anyone else who has thought about installing a set. It wasn't that hard, just takes some time.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:44 PM
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

i have to agree fully with you ......i had them on my last truck its worth it in the long run.......also they make your rig look tuffer.....nice omelet
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:09 PM
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

Thanks Bud! I plan on doing the same in the rear soon.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:55 AM
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

Can I ask a question because I have never owned or built an off road vehicle (yet crossing my fingers) what is the advantage of this mod? I am no where near an avid wheeler as you guys I am just curious.
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

You can ruin your shocks/struts by over extension. More so if you get air and your suspension just bottoms out fast... slams into bottom of shock/strut.

It's a good thing to have, and i'd stick with belts than chains... lighter and less bulky.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:31 AM
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

Those look tough!
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

Thanks for the information. That is very interesting I never knew about this mod.
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

No problem guys! I will post up more pics when I get the rears done.

Thanks Maxst2 for giving that info!
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

also if you a re worried about stretch they make a double clevis to run doubles.............
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Re: Omelet's Limiting Straps!

No these shouldn't stretch much, they are quad wrap straps. Not too worried! I got the adjustable clevis to dial them in exactly where I wanted them even after a slight stretch.
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