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  • Decided to take a break from work and have a little fun today
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    A friend, his son, and I burned some powder and killed some targets

    ... Is there really any other better use for an old Dodge? :D

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    • When I was about 6 & lived in Colorado, my dad and some of his co-workers would go out & sight in their rifles..... And the company truck was a 73 W200 sno-fiter (blue).

      Bucky
      1975 W600

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      • No way! Nice....

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        • I told my 16- and 20-year old daughters that I was going to install a rifle rack in the back window... they both said, "God, NO!!"

          Heh, heh, heh....

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          • Well, the truck is back!

            I have installed a small tachometer (Auto Meter 2306 Autogage Mini Tachometer; $56 at Amazon), chopped out a bunch of scabbed-in accessory wiring, removed some other electrical crap, added two 12 volt distribution fuse blocks (one from battery, one from ignition), and finished the trailer brake controller installation.

            I also replaced the door window rollers in the driver's door.

            The steering still wanders too much for my liking; I'm sure these trucks wandered a little as new, but this is too much to be comfortable for long-distance driving. "Caster" is a front hub angle and is the major contributing factor in this discussion.

            An explanation which I like is located here:
            https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=4

            "Wandering" in my definition is the truck's failure to tend to maintain straight-ahead steering, and to not be inclined to return to a straight-ahead path upon finish of a turn. In my case, the truck does not tend to return from a wide turn, and I am required to constantly correct its path for straight ahead, especially for small irregularities in the road surface.

            Some conditions with this truck which contribute to this problem include:

            1. The rear axle has lifted, extra springs which change the angle of the frame compared to the road, reducing caster angle.
            2. Sagging front axle springs; this lowers the front end of the frame, reducing positive caster angle.
            3. The oversized tires I installed on the truck.
            4. A lack of factory caster shims.

            The factory manual I have states the angle to be 3 degrees positive caster.

            For #1. above, I will not be correcting that as I will be driving loaded for the entire trip.
            For #2. above, I plan to replace the main leaves and probably the second leaves under them. I may install 1/2"-longer shackles as well.
            For #3. above, I will not be changing this condition. Although narrow tires give greater steering response, I will be keeping what I have.
            For #4. above, I installed 2.5 degree steel shims yesterday. Steering has improved, but only to about 50% of what I am looking for.

            The shims are steel (aluminum is quite common, but soft and has a tendency to slowly fail in off-road vehicles; bronze is also available, but I could not find what I wanted in the correct size and degree of angle). They are made by Rubicon Express, P/N RE1464; $34 / pair at Amazon. I have ordered another pair and will stack them in ASAP. I also had to remove the spring pack center bolts and weld-on steel nuts to extend the heads to mesh with the axle spring seat centering hole.

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            U-bolts and bottom bracket removed; driver's side

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            Arrow points to spring pack centering bolt head

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            New 2.5 degree shim installed

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            Sagging springs, contributing to less positive caster

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            Front spring rear shackles barely keep spring eye from contacting the frame, by about 1/16"
            Last edited by oldndcctrucks; 06-13-2019, 05:37 PM.

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