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omelet 12-13-2011 06:58 PM

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.

omelet 12-13-2011 06:58 PM

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.

dandankler 12-13-2011 07:44 PM

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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:thumbsup:

omelet 12-13-2011 09:09 PM

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Thanks Bud! I plan on doing the same in the rear soon.

BigTicket13 12-13-2011 11:55 PM

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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.

maxst2 12-14-2011 01:40 AM

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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.

jeff05wk 12-14-2011 07:31 AM

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Those look tough!

BigTicket13 12-14-2011 11:19 AM

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Thanks for the information. That is very interesting I never knew about this mod.

JeepCoop 12-14-2011 11:32 AM

Dude nice. Rep for you. Gotta do this soon. I snapped a rancho 9000 on my 98 f150 cuz of this. Thanks for posting, Nathan! :thumbsup:

omelet 12-14-2011 04:33 PM

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

Thanks Maxst2 for giving that info! :thumbsup:

dandankler 12-14-2011 04:52 PM

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

omelet 12-14-2011 05:08 PM

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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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