It’s been a while since we updated the progress on our Suburban and mostly that’s the result of us trying to work through the small details that take a long time, but don’t exactly scream progress on a big project like this. That said we are getting closer to seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel finally.
Ride Height- It took us a couple tries to get the correct length Prodigy coilovers and spring rates up front along with reworking the shock towers until we were happy with ride height. We’ve also done a lot of trimming of the wheelwells both front and rear to gain more clearance for the big Nitto 40’s in an effort to keep as much uptravel as possible.
Steering is now plumbed and functionally connected both mechanically from the box to the knuckles and hydraulically to run the ram for maximum assist. We won’t be able to fully test it until the motor is running, but at this point just having the ability to steer the front wheels is making moving the rig around the shop much easier.
The scope of this project has meant we’ve run into lots of small things that take a lot of time to sort out correctly. When we installed the Mercenary Offroad front bumper we realized the factory windshield washer bottle was both in the way and the wrong shape to work with the tapered high clearance bumper. We solved that issue by building a new aluminum tank in the shape of the space available and added both OE pumps into the assembly to keep everything functional when the rig gets back on the road.
Rock slider fabrication is in progress now. This rig is big and heavy and the sliders will need to cope with the weight and look good doing it. Nearly 500lbs of steel has been cut, bent and welded for these. They should take about anything we throw at them.
What’s left? Final welding in a variety of places including the rear suspension mounts will happen soon. Once that’s completed we can reinstall the fuel tank and finish wiring the LS under the hood for initial startup. Completing the exhaust system is also on the agenda along with powercoating a variety of parts including the bumpers, sliders and some suspension components. Once those get back we can began final assembly and hopefully have a couple weeks to shake the beast down before heading to the SEMA show in late October.
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