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Old 08-25-2019, 07:56 AM
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Currently run an ecsb truck and would like to make it a eclb truck to gain wheelbase, how many of you all have lengthened the frames and not had issues? I know of a lot of Dodge guys that have done this, but don’t see many Chevy guys do it. At the same time we would box the frame along with draw bar hitch, and putting the rear axle in solid. Truck would be built around the Lucas Oil PPL 2.6 rules.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:30 AM
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Why not just find an eclb truck/frame if your gonna leave at a stock wheel base? If you bought a rot body, with a decent drive train you could prolly come out even or slightly ahead by striping it and selling the drive train, depending on area and or how soon you wanted it gone. I know eclb around me seem to go super cheap
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Old 08-25-2019, 12:12 PM
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I have an ecsb parts truck, cab is rust free that I don’t mind chopping up. Yeah other option is to find an eclb frame and then go from there with the build and put my cab on it.
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:20 PM
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You could talk to mike Bodine, Colbi Seth’s truck is mikes truck he stretched out. He made templates and did it himself. Pm me for his number if interested
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I have an Exlb roller complete no axles or dif $300 Located in IN
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:35 AM
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I have an Exlb roller complete no axles or dif $300 Located in IN
Not exactly a roller if it doesn’t have axles or a diff.. unless it has a gutted rear end
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:19 AM
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Just roll the axle back to your desired wheelbase, then weld it all up. You could lose a lot of weight by fabbing your own rails and keeping them to a minimum just enough to meet the rules. Depending on your hitch location/design you may not need to lengthen the rails at all.

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Old 08-26-2019, 10:15 AM
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Just roll the axle back to your desired wheelbase, then weld it all up. You could lose a lot of weight by fabbing your own rails and keeping them to a minimum just enough to meet the rules. Depending on your hitch location/design you may not need to lengthen the rails at all.

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Yeah very true! Was kind of my thinking also would be able to shed some weight on the rear to move to the front. Only thing of not really extending the frame would be how to run the adjuster of the draw bar hitch.
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:01 PM
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Found a 2013 eclb 2500 6.0 gas truck pretty cheap instead of stretching my 2002 parts truck, are the nbs trucks frames better to build off of? Or the other question is are the gas truck frames the same as the diesel? Either way I go I think I will run a stand-alone wire harness.
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The frame should be identical between the two engines. The new style is boxed the entire length. Assuming it is stronger, I would be tempted to minimize the trussing. Your call, lay under both and get an idea.

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I'd be wonder how much heavier the newer boxed frame is? I think my 13 dually was quite a bit heavier than my 08. But if you minimized truss bracing you might be able to end up the same in the end.
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Ended up buying the ‘13. Going to be a big project but will be something different for around our area!
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Ended up buying the ‘13. Going to be a big project but will be something different for around our area!
Keep us updated. My favorite part of pullers is the chassis fab. I was just daydreaming earlier about what to do next myself....

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Will do! It will be a learning curve for me coming from really just running “workstock” set ups. I have a 3.0 Dodge puller that is local and going to help with driveline set up, but still might be asking some questions along with brainstorming to you experienced guys!
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