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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:31 am

@ConfederaSears wrote:
Loving the new tires! Lookin good Allis!

Thanks man! I'm definitely happy with them, haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:55 pm

So I took a stab at the suspension on the ol' GT today.



I said I was planning on doing a 1/4 elliptic leaf setup, but with the room i'm working with there's no way that was gonna happen. So I'm just gonna run a conventional setup with mono-leaf springs.

Axle wasn't too bad to remove, I took the whole plate off because I'm not using the bell crank steering setup with the leaves.



Made the rear mount for the eyes.



Shackle mounts up front.



All bolted up and everything's looking good so far!



Made some mounting tabs for the axle. Probably gonna add a clamp on the back side too just for good measure.



And here it is now!



Works great so far! Bounces really good and there's a decent amount of articulation. Now I just gotta make up a drag link and steering arm, trim the bumper some to clear the tires better, and maybe add a few gussets here and there. Also someday I'm gonna make a tube bumper setup that comes offa the front of the current one, just so the shackles don't get rammed into anything. I'm really happy with it so far though. Let me know what ya think!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:06 pm

Looks like it'd work awesome.  Anything suspension-wise is possible with you!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:44 pm

Looks really good, seems like a simpler way of doing suspension and not having to work with shocks and pan hard bars etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:52 pm

@Double W Cross Ranch wrote:
Looks like it'd work awesome.  Anything suspension-wise is possible with you!

Well thanks W! Haha, I try.

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Looks really good, seems like a simpler way of doing suspension and not having to work with shocks and pan hard bars etc.

Thanks Matt! Yeah there's definitely not as much thinking involved compared to a multi-link setup. Pretty much just gotta get proper shackle angles and stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:28 pm

Very Nice AK!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:42 pm

Nice job AK, now a video on it
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:35 pm

@MightyRaze wrote:
Very Nice AK!

Thanks Mighty!

@Buck Mault wrote:
Nice job AK, now a video on it

Haha thanks Buck. Yeah I'm gonna have to make a video with this thing sometime soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:59 pm

Epic suspension update!  Looks like this build is going to get to 30 pages lol.  That's awfully nice weather you had there to do this work outside.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:47 pm

Thanks Carl! Haha, yeah the sun was nice but there was an awful cold wind all day, so it wasn't too nice. Better than snow though, hahaha.

Anyway, I have some more pictures:

Made a tie rod and put 'er up on the ramp.







Not too bad at all. Nothing bent or broke so it seems alright. I did have a minor breakage with one of my axle tabs (bad welding job) but I got that all fixed up.

Then I got my steering all set up and my bumper trimmed:





And test drive!!







Works great! Super soft and flexy. I was worried it was gonna be too stiff, but it works fantastic. Hopefully it holds up, haha. Let me know what ya think!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:58 am

So you drilled a hole through the spring? Rather than just clamp the axle on? Kinda seems like a spot for failure...
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:58 am

@CraftsmanQuad19 wrote:
So you drilled a hole through the spring? Rather than just clamp the axle on? Kinda seems like a spot for failure...

Hahaha, no. If I had tried to drill through those springs by hand I would still be there right now trying to drill though. I used the holes for the bolts that hold all the leaves together. I think it'll be fine, but as i said I'm probably gonna add a clamp on each side just because.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:14 am

Kinda like mine?  Kind of a rivot? that holds 2 together.



Yeah, Mine was a bit stiff with both springs on each side.  When I redo the tractor maybe next year, I may move them to the rear.  Twisted Evil

The black dog there looks a lot like my Snoopy but with white paws. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:17 am

Yeah pretty much, there's a hole in the middle of all four leaves. I think that's how most all trailer leaves are. Also rear suspension on the Sasquatch would be RAD!!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:33 pm

That's good that the ride is good. Maybe some protection/extended bumper for the shackles on the front to keep them being damaged.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:05 pm

Yeah haha, like I mentioned before I'd like to add a tube bumper type deal of the front of the current one that sticks out just past the shackles. Hopefully I can make it look right though.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:57 pm

I think it needs a pointed bumper!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:25 pm

Haha, I'm not gonna go copying MUTT now. I have a look in mind for it.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Tue May 01, 2018 9:58 am

Can't wait to see it!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Tue May 01, 2018 10:16 pm

Haha, we'll see what happens. Hopefully I can make it look right. Sorta worried it's gonna stick out too far and look silly.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Thu May 03, 2018 1:56 pm

I didn't realize till I seen it in your video. I totally missed you moved the hi/lo shifter back in page 6. Thought it was pretty cool looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Thu May 03, 2018 3:22 pm

Oh, haha. Thanks Mighty! Yeah it's much more comfortable to use than the factory one as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sat May 05, 2018 10:57 pm

I addes some clamps to the back of my axle today like I had planned, I figured the more support the better. Haha.

Just a small chunk of thick wall tubing and then cut it in half.



Welded to the axle. Still trying to figure out the settings on the new flux core machine, so these welds didn't turn out fantastic looking.



All clamped down!



Did the same thing on the other side than put 'er up on the ramp to check things out.





Still seems to work fine.



Should hold up good now!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sat May 05, 2018 11:39 pm

Nice, liking the added support. It looks to be pretty close to the tie rod?

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sat May 05, 2018 11:41 pm

Thanks Mighty! No I don't think the U-bolt will hit the tie-rod at any point.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT 6000 Build   Sun May 06, 2018 9:16 am

Looks nice, should work great.
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