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Old July 17th, 2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Quick question for those with a bit of knowlege on narrowing front beams.Ive already removed the rotten shock towers and have it ready for some new end plates/towers,and looks like it already has adjusters welded in so am wondering can it be narrowed from each end or do I have to cut a section from the center.Am thinking seen as its already got the adjuster its probably more trouble than its worth cutting 2 pieces from either side of the adjuster,if I can loose a bit off each end would make it a whole lot easier.
One other quicky,lotta guys in the uk seem to run mini rear shocks up front on lowered beams,prefere the look of coil over myself,are motorcycle shocks a yesno.Have seen one or two posts saying they are too stiff but thought i might as well ask while im at it:)
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Old July 17th, 2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: narrowing beam

On a ball joint beam the lower tube is stepped larger on the ends. You'll have to find tubing of the same inside dimension and weld that to the end if you shorten it from the ends.

See Bulldogs lastest post. He has some photos of his beam and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Have no imput regarding shocks.
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To narrow a BJ beam you will need to cut out the center of the beam and put the adjusters back in. So for a 4" narrow job you would take 2" off either side of the adjuster or 6" total out of center. The adjusters are 2" wide. Once thats done the Brackets need to be moved outwards 2". so if you go wider or narrower then that do the appopriate math.

This will give you only 2 welds were the adjusters are, just like it would be stock width with adjusters. Your trailing arms will work just fine as well.

There have been people who did them by cutting to outside edge of the brackets and weld them back on, but I would not trust the durability or safety of this method.
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