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Narrow a Bay Beam

Discussion in 'Splitty Tech Clinic' started by Split 1, May 27, 2010.

  1. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    Heres a link, I used this and it worked, I got some end plates made and fitted it to my split.
    Saves having to use a 68 beam.

    http://www.kustomcoachwerks.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1974

    When you narrow the beam it stiffens the leaves as it makes them smaller so you dont need bump stops ( might do by law depending on your state).
    Mine hasnt bottomed out and it has had 9 people in it.
    Most of the low vans you see are not practical as mine only has less than 2 inches of gap between the tyre and the cab floor.

    I am not saying this is the best or cheapest way ect , just saying this is what I did and it works for me.

    Dave
     
  2. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    This is how a so called VW mechanic had managed to fit a 76 bay beam to a split, by using only the top two bolts and chopping part of the tower.
    This made it a bit easier for me to chop the towers off

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    This is how I staggered the cuts.

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    Welded back together

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    After cutting the towwrs off so I could fit the new end plates

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  3. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    This is the finished beam with new end plates, Creative adjusters and the centre pin bracket welded on, also all new ball joints

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    Sorry the pics were taken with my dodgy phone.
    I got new rubber end seals from Roy, special order as no one had them in Oz.

    Also I didnt use the little gasless mig ( in the pic) for the beam, you need a decent welder

    Dave
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2010
  4. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    Heres a pic we took to show how narrowed it is, this is a Porsche space saver tyre

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    Dave
     
  5. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    Here it is with the original beam, when I first bought it.
    Check the height difference with the original owner, compare where his head is in each pic.

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    And heres the lowered narrowed one

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    Dave
     
  6. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    I didnt like the skinny wheel look most narrowed beams give so I had the wheels made so the offset was a bit out on the front so it still clears the lip of the inner dogleg but doesnt look too skinny, Also fitted Sherman wide 5 discs.
    The wheels are 5/12 on the front with 175 x 15 tyres.
    It handles really well a lot better than my old split that had flipped spindles on a K&L pin beam.
    Again I am not saying this is THE best way to do it just how I did it


    Dave
     
  7. Hurricane

    Hurricane New Member

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    Should look great when its finished mate. Making great progress.
     
  8. Split 1

    Split 1 New Member

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    I was waiting,,,lol.

    Not sure about what engine or what colour to paint it??


    Dave
     
  9. Hurricane

    Hurricane New Member

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    Ha ha ha sorry mate its a bit old. I am still picturing your face it was priceless!
     
  10. Schnidlee

    Schnidlee Member

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    Does anyone have the below image in better resolution? I really need to be able to read the measurements.

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    Cheers
    Matt
     

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