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Old 06-24-2012, 12:19 AM   #51
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Re: 03 Sonoma Bagging Build, Nothing Special

Oh okay. I misunderstood what you were saying.
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Re: 03 Sonoma Bagging Build, Nothing Special

keep up the good work!! its cool to see someone making the best out of airbagit.com junk lol... i built a mitsubishi mighty max about 6 or 7 years ago using airbagit. (was AIM industries then) and it seemed like i never stopped fixing problems with that truck.. it was pretty much a hack job due to the parts..
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Nice gmc. Please shave antenna. Statement complete.
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Re: 03 Sonoma Bagging Build, Nothing Special

Looking good how much lift do you get in the back with those huge bags it had to use a lot of air lol
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Quote: Originally Posted by dragginby77
it seemed like i never stopped fixing problems with that truck.. it was pretty much a hack job due to the parts..
Exactly how I feel.
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Nice gmc. Please shave antenna. Statement complete.
It's scheduled to happen this week.
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Quote: Originally Posted by whitelowereddime
Looking good how much lift do you get in the back with those huge bags it had to use a lot of air lol
I think I get 12 inches but I forget, the shocks limit the lift. I hope by the end of next week I'll have the truck back on the road and I'll measure and post some pics of the lift.
Old 07-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #58
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I only scheduled 2 weeks of work but now I'm on week 4 and only a little over half way through the list of things I wanted to change. I have more pictures but didn't bring my xd card reader.

This is my new avs 5 gallon aluminum tank mounted. I really like how solid this tank is.



I wanted to mount my compressors under the bed and as close to the battery as possible. I ended up picking this spot right between the bed mounts behind the cab. They fit perfect with a little mod to the bed mounts to make some extra room.



Some may disagree but I am still running my compressors through a T fitting with a 225 psi safety valve. At three and a half CFM I should't see much if any difference in fill time with the size tube and pipe I used.



This is my power distribution box located on the frame under the cab. As long as I don't park in 4 inches of water I should never have any problems with it located here. My exhaust and fuel tank will hit the ground before this box ever will.



This is my cluster of passenger side air lines. 3 pressured lines 2 remote filter lines and 1 wire for the pressure switch. On the drivers side I ran 1'' conduit (the same as in this picture) all the way to the trans crossmember for all my electrical wires. It really cleans things up having everything ran through the same conduit.



Now I know this isn't the prettiest thing but it is very functional. This gray waterproof electrical box is where my compressor filters are located. The pvc pipe pointing down is 6'' long with 1 1/8'' ID. This box should prevent any water from ever getting to my compressors.




On the far left you can see I have my drain plug running into my 9''x12''x12'' valve box to a parker valve. I always hated reaching under the bed to drain water from my tank so I am going to love this valve. I still need to clean up the electrical in this box. I was testing to make sure everything was wired properly in this pic. I also really like my new slow down ball valves. It makes adjusting ride hight so much easier. This valve box does have a cover it just isn't installed in this pic.



Next up is getting some front shocks installed then bodywork. I plan to notch the frame with 2.5'' ID pipe and use Nissan shocks.
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Looks great man thats a good idea for the filters , and what kind of box is that for the relays I like it
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Quote: Originally Posted by whitelowereddime
Looks great man thats a good idea for the filters , and what kind of box is that for the relays I like it
It's an old timer box for a water heater I think.
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Re: 03 Sonoma Bagging Build, Nothing Special

Looks really good, I think it was a great choice to voice your opinion with airbagit. Out of curiosity what bags are you running front and back?
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^^^ x2 ive never seen bags like that. Do they balloon like the dominators?
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I agree about running 2 compressors thru a T fitting.Theres so mutch back pressure it really doesnt matter.Not to mention dam near all the filters i've seen can handle wayyyy more cfm than what a couple little viairs can put out.Even at low pressure
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Quote: Originally Posted by jughead666
Looks really good, I think it was a great choice to voice your opinion with airbagit. Out of curiosity what bags are you running front and back?
2600 DeNominator-II in the front and 2600 triple convolute in the rear but I don't know what brand they are. For those rear bags the closed hight is 4'' and extended hight is 14''.

Quote: Originally Posted by 95v8sdime
^^^ x2 ive never seen bags like that. Do they balloon like the dominators?
Not like DeNominators but they balloon like any other regular bag.
Old 07-31-2012, 10:46 PM   #65
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Another junk report. This is my airbagit leader hose after about 6 months of use and never pressured over 140 psi.



Again, don't buy anything from that company.
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Here is a look at how my compressor filters are set up in that gray box.



Here is a look at my compressor mount and the clearance the 480s have between the two bed mounts.







This mount is really strong, I was jumping on it and it didn't move at all.
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This is what I'm working on now. I relocated the lower front shock mounts to allow more clearance. I used a piece of wood to align the shock mount to allow the shock to pivot parallel to the control arm. I don't know if it was necessary but I hope it allows the stress to more evenly distribute on that cantilever pin mount. For the pin or lower shock bolt I am just going to use a 1/2'' grade 8 bolt which should be strong enough for what I need it to do.




The 2.5'' ID pipe takes a huge dip out of the frame. Here is a little preview of upcoming pics. I'll be posting pics of my clearance and what size tire I tested in the pic hopefully before the beginning of next week.

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How do you like the airbagit manifold (air engine)?
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I hear it works well, no experience with it
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridinlow
How do you like the airbagit manifold (air engine)?
I had one, worked pretty damn good as to what they gad given me before which was the red valve block, with spool valves inside.

mine never stuck open or closed, or leaked any air.

Most of their fittings suck ass, the leader hoses don't even swivel if i remember right, I think i still have some that are twisted/kinked due to that.

but overall the backhalfs, and control arms are built pretty damn beefy. Never gave me any issues, I think Alan can agree with me there.
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Put one big ass hole in that frame!!!!
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridinlow
How do you like the airbagit manifold (air engine)?
It's the only thing I received from them that hasn't failed yet.
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Quote: Originally Posted by colbye32

but overall the backhalfs, and control arms are built pretty damn beefy. Never gave me any issues, I think Alan can agree with me there.
I would agree that they are beefy but the two frame rails I received are about 1/4'' off of each other and my bag mounts were welded on 1/4'' off. I still would't recommend their products to anyone.

I also found something new. I believe they use standard bushings in their lower control arms and the S10 uses metric bolts. I went ahead and drilled out the frame and ran standard bolts to prevent any unnecessary play. The guys working at that place are special.
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I think I am done with my front shock mounts. I really like the way they turned out and I'm fairly satisfied with the turning radius.

It isn't perfect but I like it.




I ended up just welding the brake line mount straight to the frame.



I don't know if I can get the shock any closer. It only gets this close at full lift.



Now, I kept a ton of turning radius but it still hits.





The tire in this pic is a 225 70 15 on a stock 7'' wide wheel with 3.5'' backspacing. Because the tire is too wide for this wheel it bulges so it is more like 4.5'' backspacing. So If I get a wheel with around 4'' of backspacing I should, or almost, be able to get the tire to the frame.
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hey man those sunk shock mounts do look really good. i need to get on doing mine too. Bought the ART brackets but rollin 22'X9.5"s and my wheels hit the shocks instantly so pulled em off. Yours look real good tho nice work
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Shocks look good sunk in. I want to eventually do this too. Got any vids of how well the air bagit manifold works?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gimp
hey man those sunk shock mounts do look really good. i need to get on doing mine too. Bought the ART brackets but rollin 22'X9.5"s and my wheels hit the shocks instantly so pulled em off. Yours look real good tho nice work
Thanks, if you do decide to do it yourself and have any questions let me know.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridinlow
Shocks look good sunk in. I want to eventually do this too. Got any vids of how well the air bagit manifold works?
Sorry no videos yet. I would say it works well but I just went from 140 psi to 200 psi so before you buy wait and see if mine fails in the next few months. I have only been using it for about 8 months on 140 psi and like I said it's all I need to fail to give airbagit a 100% failure rate.
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Shocks look awesome man!

A couple posts up you mentioned you werent sure as to who manufacturers your bags... its airbagit as well.
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Quote: Originally Posted by whitelowereddime
Looking good how much lift do you get in the back with those huge bags it had to use a lot of air lol
8'' in the front and 9'' in the rear. It was 12'' in the rear without shocks.
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Just some dirty pics. Ignore the horrible headlight alignment, that will be fixed soon.



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lookin good
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ya looking good man. cant wait to see you post some rear pics layed out
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Quote: Originally Posted by Alan D Moore

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2. What paint did u use on ur frame. i realllllly like it.
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What paint did u use on ur frame.
Rustoleum primer then Rustoleum undercoating.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridinlow
How do you like the airbagit manifold (air engine)?
This week one of my dump valves has started to get stuck open. It shuts slower than the rest and makes a different sound. I will tear it down to find out what's going on but the best option for you would be to stay away from that company.
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What size pipe did you use to make your shock mounts?
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Gunther i used 2 inch and it works fine for a Monroe shocks but i am running RCD Bilstein shocks now and had to cut it out and swap to 2.5 inch pipe....
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Quote: Originally Posted by gunther19820
What size pipe did you use to make your shock mounts?
I used 2.5 ID. 2'' ID would have worked but there wouldn't have been much room for error with that cover on the shocks.
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Thanks guys. I need to do this over the winter to mine.
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^^ X2
and hope the 22X9.5's will still have plenty of room to turn
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^^ X2
and hope the 22X9.5's will still have plenty of room to turn
well it cant get worse right?!
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well it cant get worse right?!
with shocks in the way it could get way worse
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I keep forgetting you dont have them on the truck now.
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Quote: Originally Posted by gunther19820
I keep forgetting you dont have them on the truck now.
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