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Old 02-22-2011, 02:13 PM
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So after bustin my ass all day last saturday tryin to make a ntbd bracket fit on my lift, i wound up throwin in the towel. Well in the process of tryin to put my t-bars back in i found a c-doesnt really work lol. I wound up breakin a cheap one i had. So i called around and no one had one for rent or to buy (this ia at 9pm as well). So i went to checker to see what they had to use and i bought another bigger c-clamp to try. Well that got tighten to about 10ft lbs and the damn thing broke the cast c right in half! At this point im pissed and tired and wound up comin up with a idea. Took ten min to build and works like a champ. I made it from two old bolts that came from my truck when it was stock height and some square tube i had layin around. Threw some quick decent welds on and i was in business. Thing works perfect too! Figured i throw it up for anyone else to build if they need one.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:22 PM
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lol have no fear im a welder
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:27 PM
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looks interesting...i just use a ball joint press..dont see breaking one of those anytime soon

btw WTH! are those bolts from
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:45 PM
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lol have no fear im a welder
that what you get when you only eat a grilled cheese sandwich all day, your tired as hell and just want to get the truck done after 12 straight hours of work . trust me, its probably the uglyest thing ive ever made but damn did it work good

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looks interesting...i just use a ball joint press..dont see breaking one of those anytime soon

btw WTH! are those bolts from
Haha they are from the left rear bracket that hold the front diff in factory location. they are "spare parts" for most lift kits lol
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:51 PM
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that what you get when you only eat a grilled cheese sandwich all day, your tired as hell and just want to get the truck done after 12 straight hours of work . trust me, its probably the uglyest thing ive ever made but damn did it work good



Haha they are from the left rear bracket that hold the front diff in factory location. they are "spare parts" for most lift kits lol
hey i like that spare parts, wouldnt know anything about that

once made a driveshaft for my old chevy, welded together off a 110 harbor frieght special and drove 4 hrs home on a truck with 44's in the middle of the woods using parts off of a jeep that was burnt up in the woods
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:01 PM
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:59 PM
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thats very nice i love making tools to get the job done instead of buying them
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:00 PM
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I love making homemade tools. What is a ntbd bracket?
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:17 PM
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Haha pipe wrench + floor Jack equals t-bar removal tool! Seriously though if you do this stay VERY clear of the bar and wrench. It's pretty hairy but works in a pinch.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:35 PM
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I love making homemade tools. What is a ntbd bracket?
NTBD is Non Torsion Bar Drop bracket. its what cognito uses to keep the torsion bars in the factory location

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Haha pipe wrench + floor Jack equals t-bar removal tool! Seriously though if you do this stay VERY clear of the bar and wrench. It's pretty hairy but works in a pinch.
haha oh that was the next plan but i was too damn scared the thing would fly out after me, or put a nice hole in the wall
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:40 PM
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A 2 jaw gear puller works very well.
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Very nice, I've bent the sh!t out of some c-clamps! Lol
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This is what I made to install, remove and properly adjust the t bars. Just took a few rough measurements and cut it out of 3/4 AR500 steel. Welded double nuts on it and welded a nut on a piece of 3/4 all thread. It started out a lot cleaner but I kept having to grind on it to clear the t bar bracket. Works like a champ and saves the threads on the t bar bolts.
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A 2 jaw gear puller works very well.
tried it, kept slippin of the edges. plus when it did get tension, it seemed unstable to me

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This is what I made to install, remove and properly adjust the t bars. Just took a few rough measurements and cut it out of 3/4 AR500 steel. Welded double nuts on it and welded a nut on a piece of 3/4 all thread. It started out a lot cleaner but I kept having to grind on it to clear the t bar bracket. Works like a champ and saves the threads on the t bar bolts.
oh very nice! i wanted to build something like that but i didnt have any thick enough steel layin around to do it, plus this was quick
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:06 PM
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I never thought about building one like yours. Pretty much just like a spring compressor... Very smart! Plus you dont have to worry about it slipping off.
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