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reverse shackle kit well worth it. i hated how those years had shackle in front and anchor in back. one of my 3 f-350s seemed to like to exhibit death wobble. yep, track bar. but with rsk one may not need to use the track bar? the rear anchor point brings out the issue. unwise design by some years of fords and jeeps. early 60's power wagons as well.

 

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I think it just depends on the overall lift after its finished as to whether or not a drop track bar bracket and pitman arm are needed. Mine actually sits a little lower now. It drives great. No issues there. Just sucks that the bracket hits the sway bar. I don't see any way around installing the old track bar bracket and pitman arm. I definitely want to keep the sway bar.

 

Aside from that it really rides nice. I feel bumps in the rear that I didnt feel with the front. I might add some rear super duty leafs and see if I can make it ride as smooth as the front.

 

I'm not sure I'm a fan of the poly body mount bushings. Some have complained of more road noise and vibration. I don't hear any road noise but I do kinda feel some engine vibration when at a stop. I also think my downpipe is still touching the firewall sometimes. I really need to get that fixed. It drives me nuts. The downpipe sends alot of noise and vibration into the cab. 

 

Ill keep grinding forward until I get it just the way I want it. I'm making progress.

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Looking good, Cody. I never saw the need for poly body bushings. Poly bushings stiffen things up, and I prefer not having road vibrations transferred to the passenger compartment, whether it be truck or car.

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The poly bushings are nice because they aren't so expensive. The oem rubber bushings are extremely expensive and from what I've read they don't even sell the core support bushings anymore.

 

I spent some time after work yesterday on it and I think I have the downpipe clearance issue taken care of. I believe that's where I was getting all the vibration. Its now much quieter and hasn't rubbed since. I also don't feel the vibration anymore. If it stays like I have it now ill be happy with the poly bushings. I don't hear any more road noise or vibration.

 

I also removed the sway bar. My new links showed up today so when I have time ill put the oem track bar bracket and pitman arm back on with the sway bar and new end links. Then ill be completely done with the rsk install.

 

Now that the track bar bracket isn't hitting the sway bar the ride is much better. Its amazing how smooth it is. I still feel the bumps but its very light and manageable. It no longer jars the entire truck. Even the small bumps were very noticeable and now I don't even feel most of them. I wouldnt even know they were there if I hadnt been avoiding them the last few years. I'm very happy with the rsk. Im kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

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On another note I have noticed some rust bubbling under the paint on the roof by the drip rail and also around the third brake light. The windshield leaks sometimes too and I believe maybe it has a rust issue under the windshield trim. Its the only rust on the entire truck and it will only get worse so I need to get it fixed. 

I brought it to a local body shop today and they quoted me $1500 for the repair. $2500 if they remove the handles and fix the little holes. I think ill keep the handles until I can paint the entire truck. $1500 is alot of money but I think I'm gonna do it. If I had a big enough shop I could just do it myself but its almost winter and I cant leave it in the shop at work for an extended amount of time.

Someday ill add up all the money i have spent on this truck, then ill think of all the hours i had to work to make that money, then ill cry a little bit, then ill go for a drive and feel much better, then ill drink some JD and figure out my next mod.

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lots better to put some $ into an earlier truck like the obs then make monster payments and suffer the questionable  reliability like the  newer ones. :thumbup:

 

 

 

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I agree 100%. Old Blue goes into the body shop tomorrow.

 

The more I think about it $1500 seems pretty fair for what they have to do. As long as its done right I shouldn't have any more problems with the roof for a long time.

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Well i got my truck back yesterday. It looks awsome. I think they did a great job. You would never know there was any rust. They even cleaned it inside and out. 

 

I took some pics. Unfortunately i don't have any before pics.

 

It had noticeable rust bubbling under the paint above the windshield on the drivers side, it also leaked sometimes.

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New seam sealer along the drip rails.

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Also had noticeable rust around the third brake light.

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They made it all shiny and shit.

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I'm still looking for a zf5 donor truck.

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I bought my donor truck today. Its a 96 f250 super cab short box psd 5 speed 4 wheel drive. It runs and drives. It needs alot of love. I might keep it for a project truck. I'm not sure yet. I paid 1500 for it which is a steal. I'm very happy with it. It took a little while to charge the batteries but after we got it running we were able to drive it onto the trailer. Old blue did awsome towing it back from Soda Springs. It was a good day.

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That's an awesome looking truck you've got now man, I haven't been on here for a while so I had to catch up on all the work you've done to it. Before I got rid of my obs I was about to have the roof worked on just like you have, it was the only place that was starting to show some rust on the whole body. The seam sealer cracking was the culprit on mine. 

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My flat bed ('92 1st gen Cummins) had a seam seal problem on its roof also.  Took me a little looking to figure out why the floor was getting wet!

Your truck is looking great!

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Thank you guys. I am very happy with it. 

 

The thing I'm really excited about now is that i finally found some non factory tint rear windows. I can't stand the mirrored look and how they don't match. Ive been trying to find windows for years now. I havent got them installed yet but atleast I've got them.

 

I don't drive the truck in the winter much. Especially when there is salt and sandy gravel on the roads. Its been sitting over a month now.

 

The seam sealer seems to be a common issue. The auto body guy said they see it alot on the older vehicles.

 

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Old Blue looks great, and that project truck looks like it would be a fun toy. Sounds like I should start paying a little closer attention to those areas of my truck, just in case.

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