Originally Posted by Big Dan
Holy Cow. I haven't made it to iRV2 in about a year, and the very first thread I open is Matt hip-deep in another great project. Sweet.
Matt, once complete, with all the weight back in her, she'll likely drive almost exactly as before... except be much more stable, and she'll stop better. There will be lots less "pitch" and "yaw" and whatnot. Even going straight down the road. You'll be wondering "how did I ever drive this thing before?"
This will sound silly, but once complete you're going to want to drive around town some and practice parallel parking and other maneuvers. It's not that driving a duelly is a big deal, it's just that your brain and your body are used to that truck as it was. You need to "retrain your brain" to that truck as a duelly.
Can ya tell I've done this conversion before? Twice, actually. Well worth the time, effort, and dollars. And remember... if the Express ever makes it to this part of the country, we've got plenty of room for her.
Best of luck going forward,
Yay, I still need to do the training, I keep forgetting I have a wide butt now
. Haven't had a chance to do the bondo work yet, money hasn't come in to resume the project, but the truck has been doing well in the interim. Definitely like those 12x3" brakes vs the old 12x2.5"s that were on the original axle.
The Express has better chances of going east now and making it, though she still needs to work done on her steering components, the extra tires on our rutted freeways really exacerbates the fact that the steering has a lot of slop in it and the intermediate steering shaft needs replacing.
Now, I just have to find a buyer for the original axle...... so I can pay down my credit card for the tires