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With the amount of requests I get for these I feel like its about time I make a few sets. Literally while writing this I got yet another request for this design...

*This is still a feeler at the moment* as I am still nailing down parts/metal suppliers and getting some shop time set aside with my buddy that will be helping me build them.

If you are totally lost, what I'm talking about is here:
http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f26/how-review-tundra-coilovers-t-swap-perfect-budget-coilover-205082/

And more specifically here:
http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f26/how-review-tundra-coilovers-t-swap-perfect-budget-coilover-205082/index12.html#post2989953

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Game Plan:

Tentatively this is how it would work:
- Group buy style (12 sets at a time) with up to 1 GB a quarter depending on demand
- Pay half up front, other half when shipped
- Fabrication would begin once all GB slots were filled with first half paid
- Would ship ready to install with OEM style studs pressed in and painted black
- Price would be about $110 shipped to the lower 48 for the pair

Build Details:
- 3/16" steel plate (.1875", OEM is .100")
- .120" DOM steel tube
- 8.8 press fit studs (just like OEM)
- Class 8 Zinc plated Nylock nuts
- MIG welded (gas shielded)

Timeline to production start: (subject to change)
- At this time figure about 3-4 weeks until any chips are made

Current status:
- Currently have a cost analysis completed with a few online vendors
- I also have potentially found a source for OEM press fit studs (should have a set arriving tomorrow to confirm)
- Working with machine shop to have precision jig made to ensure perfect fit every time

Items in question:
- Considering adding the correct size smaller lower washer to avoid common "Bird Chirp" (would increase cost slightly)
- Maybe add missing bushings required for new Bilstein P/N (would also increase cost slightly)
- Studs may or may not be able to reuse OEM nuts (need to confirm)

^Thoughts on these items?

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Consider this a "Yes, I am interested thread" and please make it known so we can plan accordingly. 12 sets at a time is the sweet spot so far regarding material costs and common sizes but depending on how much interest there is this number can change.

Please let me know if this would be something you would buy!

Once we are ready to roll, I'll start a new thread for the actual group buy.

Interest numbers so far:
CF: 12
TNX: 5
 

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Yes interested. Haven't had time to find a fabricator.
 

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i found a few fabricators and asked both and they both said yes and nothing happened after. they never did the work. super annoying.
 

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i found a few fabricators and asked both and they both said yes and nothing happened after. they never did the work. super annoying.
Did you give the shop an accurate blueprint? Material requirements?
Most shops could whip something out fast if they don't have to do
the engineering. Just asking.
 

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Did you give the shop an accurate blueprint? Material requirements?
Most shops could whip something out fast if they don't have to do
the engineering. Just asking.
Agreed! Using Chris' supplied blueprints, I had everything waterjetted locally for $75 with material included. Then just had a tube supply place, bandsaw a 1.5" long peice of 2" DOM per the blueprints. Welding it at work took less than 15 min, even with welded bolts as opposed to studs.

All in all, Chris' price makes this buy a no brainer for anyone on the fence.
 

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interested


after reading through the whole thread... damn dude... good work. I NEED THOSE.
 
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Very interested. What would be the price with shipping to anchorage Alaska?


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Actually, I had planned on shipping these in USPS flat rate boxes and after looking into the fine print a little more the shipping cost would be the same to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Virgin Islands. So still figure about $110 shipped:D
 

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Did you give the shop an accurate blueprint? Material requirements?
Most shops could whip something out fast if they don't have to do
the engineering. Just asking.
yea, i hit up glamiss a longggg time ago about specs and he happily sent them over.
i forwarded info to two shops that do this type of work and both agreed and both said they would be done in a few weeks to a month at most.
i gave up after month 3 on both.

btw im down for a set.
 

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yes it will. you may want to plan some geometry though. for a possible different shock setup as well as a bump stop.
 

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yes it will. you may want to plan some geometry though. for a possible different shock setup as well as a bump stop.
I am about to completely tear my front end apart. Diff, arms, steering links, shocks, springs. Going to shimming/spacing some 5100 to optimize it for TC UCAs. Wondering if I could achieve some gains from this top hat.
 

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I am about to completely tear my front end apart. Diff, arms, steering links, shocks, springs. Going to shimming/spacing some 5100 to optimize it for TC UCAs. Wondering if I could achieve some gains from this top hat.
While you could use them on a non T swapped truck it would not provide any positive benefit with shocks already made for stock suspension in its current form. The only thing I could potentially see it changing is where the travel is (would not increase it). They would allow for more bump travel at the expense of droop.

Actually, on stock suspension it would probably make for a decent drop coilover setup. Bilstien 5100s with these top hats, stock or stiffer springs with a few extra grooves cut in the body for the drop.

I had thought about finding another shock that would fit the stock frontier suspension with a different custom hat to achieve a cheapish extended travel setup but there are options already available that achieve this. TJMs for example.
 

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The jig you want built seems to be fairly simple. Will it solely serve as a check fixture or also serve as a weld fixture?
The fixture would need to check the bolt circle accuracy and the concentricity to the .187 plate.
The 2" diameter tube concentricity to the bolt circle and the plate. The outside diameter of the plate.
Any other requirements?
 
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