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Hodges 2016 Bilstein Build

Discussion in 'Member Trucks' started by hodge-xj, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. joshuaeb09

    joshuaeb09 Senior Member

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    Buying. I had originally allocated a ton of money to see if I could get a 3 or 4 car garage since we all know a "2 car garage" these days is more like a 1.5 and no way in hell the ram was going to fit in there. No such luck, but I lucked into a small spec house from a custom builder that should be done end of next month. It's way under budget at only 1600 sqft, but on the higher end of build quality/finishes. It has your standard "19'x20' 2 car garage", but that's about what I was finding unless I wanted to pay over double what I have under contract right now. It got bonus points for same county taxes/insurance, level drive way, and all the upgrades compared to what the tract builders were doing in the same price range. I'm super happy to be getting back closer to 1st world things like real internet that isn't something I rigged together with salvage parts lol. It's also only like 20 minutes from here so if they eventually pave the roads I might look into going half in with my old man to build us a shared workshop space we can use for tinkering/projects.
     
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    Well congratulations! That's awesome! There is always room to upgrade or move up down the road. As long as you can fit the car in the garage I think the truck will be fine outside lol. Can't be spoiling yourself too much now!

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  3. hodge-xj

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    Been home solo all afternoon. Fixed my ignition problem in the jeep so I took it for a spin after clearing the computer to reset all the drive cycles. While I was out i went down my usual "urban mobbing" country road and it's pretty chewed up. Figure ah wtf I'll take the truck out and see if the 315s still rub off the local jump......well.....they sure as shit do.

    Hard to tell exactly where but it seems at full compression the 315s are all getting up into the top of the fenders. -6 offset has them sit just far enough out that I'm catching the fender lips as far as I can tell. Out back I could add extended bumps, but I'm beat up front. Hopefully the 1/4" spacers and my eventual move to a narrower tire will alleviate it. It's much less with the flares removed, but still there and still loud enough I thought I crumpled sheet metal. I need to find someone to get pics of this one day just for giggles.

    Edited- after the rain passed I went out and looked around for the rub marks. As I thought it's rubbing at the tops of the wheel wells. Pics may be hard to make out but you can see the scoffing on the plastic wheel liners and the front tires have light cuts in the outer lugs just above the sidewall. For now I'll avoid jumps until I get onto some smaller tires.

    1st pic is the rear and 2nd is front liners.

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    Pics 20200627_181106.jpg 20200627_181614.jpg

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    Hey Hodge-XJ,
    Noticed you said you went with the diesel fox coilovers. Do you have a hemi and chose the diesel ones and if so, why? I noticed they had both gas and diesel available. I assume the diesel one are firmer due to weight of the diesel?
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    So I actually never did anything with the fox 2.0 front coilovers. They are still sitting in the boxes. After a rebuild, revalve, and new springs plus shipping I was at the cost of brand new 2.0s. For the cost it just didn't make sense for me. I have the Ecodiesel so I would need to get diesel springs and valving in order to run these simply because the diesel is a bit heavier. My 6112s are maxxed out and I'm at roughly 2"-2.25" lift after they've settled, for comparison the max setting under a hemi is unusable since it would gain over 3"- 3.5" lift. I've grown to be extremely happy with my 6112s front / fox 2.0 rear setup, it's not perfect but I really enjoy it for daily uses.

    Honestly my goal was to get a softer ride for smaller bump compliance, but it's just very limited with small diameter shocks. Especially if you're gaining 2.5" of lift up front, there's just too many compromises, and the extra weight of the diesel is an extra variable that hinders small shock performance.

    I can't comment on the fox 2.0s since I've never run them up front, but I really love their performance in the back of the truck. I prefer to run same brands front and rear, which was also a factor in trying to get these to work, but it just never happened. I was worried the truck would feel imbalanced front to rear, but fortunately that's not the case.

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    So I already received the kit for my front axle! I'm gonna order a cv this week that way I know it's fresh and brandy new for install. Just gotta find a place that can set this bearing on the shaft for me and I'll be good to go for the weekend.

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    Good luck bro.
     
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    I'm gonna sit down and make a list cuz I'm sure I'll forget something before I start. Fingers crossed on this one. I watched the video again and the bearing didn't seem too hard to press onto the new shaft so I may stuff this bad boy in the freezer and see if the bearing will slide on.

    It's been ridiculously hot and humid so I'm not overly excited to be tackling this but it needs done BADLY.

    Side note- I've been back and forth with another member here regarding the 6112s on the diesels. Seems mine have settled about 1/2"-3/4" since install. My hub to fender is 23.5-23.75" depending what i call "center" of the hubcap.

    This is over 1.5yrs and god only knows how many miles. Just a little bit of an observation. I'll try and get more concrete numbers to verify.

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    Sometimes it's the small victories! 24 hrs in the chest freezer for the shaft and 1hr in the oven at 250* for the bearing. Worked perfect since the shaft has a shouldered seat with a spring retainer clip so I didn't have to worry about it sitting to proper depth on a tapered seat. I know it's not exciting for many, but for those that have wasted fresh bearings trying to press them onto something this is a nice win. Plus, the local shop wanted like $40 to do this. 20200630_180826.jpg

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