Im having some problems getting my terminator together, HELP

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Im having some problems getting my terminator together, HELP

Post by fastfreddy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:43 am

Ok, so I got my terminator chassis in the mail today, and I (thought) my axles were ready to bolt to it. And then the problems began. First, im using JPS aluminum gear cases. There is no hole that the CPE top link mount would bolt to. (see pic) I also have HR axle tubes, but the holes on the bottom that the lower links bolt through, are drilled badly and non-symmetrical to each other. what should I do?
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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by fullmetalgrave » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:49 am

Do you have any of the stock plastic tubes and knuckles? If you do, you can try mounting those up and using them as a template for the mods you need to make on your JPS setup

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Post by fastfreddy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:56 am

I wish I did, They were tossed out many years ago. :(

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by cpe mt » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:43 am

For your upper link mount, you can actually leave it like you have it. That extra piece is really there to keep the mount from turning. It looks like it's flush up against your gearcase, so loctite the one bolt in place and it should hold like that.

For the lower links, rotate your axle tubes so that whichever hole is the most closely drilled in the center of the axle tube is on the bottom. If they're a hair off from side to side, you'll never really notice it. Our machined rear steer lockouts can typically be used for a template, but I wouldn't really recomend them in this case since you already have holes drilled in your machined axle tubes.
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Post by fastfreddy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:12 am

Ok great, thanks Brett! Should I still use the clod axle tube braces? Oh also, the part that braces the upper link mount isn't flush to the case, there's about 1/16" between, could I just use servo tape to fill the gap?

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by cpe mt » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:51 am

With aluminum tubes you won't need to use the axle braces that came with the stock Clod setup. Servo tape would be ok to try, but you may need something stronger there, like a washer to be flush against the gearcase housing itself.
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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by fastfreddy » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:21 pm

I'm completely ready to give up. after thrashing on the truck all week, trying to get it ready for Connecticut next weekend, this happens on the first test run. Nosed off a small jump, and I noticed it wasn't tracking straight... I guess no racing for me. :(
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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by fullmetalgrave » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:30 pm

ouch! Are those the newer thicker CPE lower links?

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by SWMS » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:24 pm

Wow! That's some serious carnage.

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by fastfreddy » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:09 pm

I assume it's the latest links, I only got it last week.

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by SFC K » Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:23 am

Do you have a picture of the whole truck from the side? I'm thinking the way you mounted your shocks caused to much down force on the lower arms.
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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:38 pm

^^^ I bet not.... that's got lawn-dart/face-plant written all over it.

Axle-mounted shocks and steel links are the only way to get away from that happening.

Oh... and those don't look like the newer design links BTW.
These are the newer heavy duty design.

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by fastfreddy » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:09 pm

Wow, those are definitely thicker than mine, why would I get the old ones with a kit I just bought? :oops:

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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by Budhatrain » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:37 pm

call Brett up, I am sure he will make it right with you. There's a reason he needed to do a newer design... because the old ones bend and break. I have done it with little effort myself. You are not a terrible driver... "you have to say that once in a while."
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Re: Im having some problems getting my terminator together,

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:45 pm

Yeah I would talk to Brett, see what he has to say.

and also... we all crash now and then... don't let it keep you down, learn and move forward.
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