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Old 07-03-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default New suspension and POR 15

At 88K miles, the truck needed new shocks, since these appear to be the originals. I ordered a set of Bilstein 5100s for all 4 corners. I installed the rear shocks today:

Lots of frame rust. This used to be a WI truck, so...


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I degreased the entire area with Simple Green and a scrub brush:


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After that, it was time to spray on POR 15 Metal Prep. This stuff needs to stay on and wet for 30 minutes.


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I got 2 cans of Chassis Black. It's actually being replaced with a new product called Top Coat, and Amazon sent me one of each. They are the same satin black color.


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The end results were much better. I'm still waiting on the other side to dry, so I haven't taken it for a ride yet. It took an entire can of paint to do that one small area and half the differential. I'll have to order at least 4 more cans for the front suspension area and the rest of the frame. This stuff isn't cheap, but there should be no more rusting of the frame. I also got some stuff from Eastwood on the way that is supposed to convert rust and prevent more. It's got a long straw that lets you get inside the frame members.


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I've got MOOG upper control arms and lower ball joints for the front suspension when I get around to that.
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It's dry, looks nice!


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Took it for a drive. The rear suspension is MUCH better controlled. Can't wait till I can get the front done. I have all the parts here, I just need to order more POR 15 to clean up the frame while I have everything out. Going to paint the steering knuckle too.
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Looks really good. I thought of this too while doing the exhaust system. Here was a nice shiny truck with an exhaust that looked like it was buried on the Titanic, which I replaced. I painted that raw un-coated drive shaft, differential, and frame in spots. I used that rust prep without paint, your looks more shiny. Atleast if I don't get around to painting with POR 15 etc. it is black (the color the rust prep leaves it).

I also did the front suspension knuckles that are raw cast iron. Any of these make the truck look so much better IMHO.

I keep forgetting about this product you showed in your photos and nice to know Amazon has it too.

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I have new rear calipers here. Waiting on a POR 15 caliper paint kit to get here so I can get them installed.
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Looks great! Looks expensive...
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Looks good.
Ive always used POR15 in cans that you brush on. Didn't know about the spray cans. Gonna have to get some of those.
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Looks great! Looks expensive...
The nice part is, once it's done, it'll never rust again.
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How much were your shocks?
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