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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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How to make a 6x6

This is just kind of an idea I've played with over the past couple months. Eventually when I get a new daily driver my 01 PSD is gonna become my mud honey. But I was just thinking, what would it take to make this truck a 6x6? I've seen pictures of people who've undertaken the feat but not too many details. Obviously there would be some heavy duty frame modifications that would take place, but outside of the body work I feel like it's not too much more than some experienced welding, creative steel fabrication and use of some accurate laser alignment tools to mount the suspension components, obviously with very careful measurements all the way around. I'd make my own flatbed so bodywork shouldn't be an issue. But if you were gonna do this, what would you change as far as suspension and driveline? Leaf Springs to coilovers with four link? Stay with traditional leafs? 2.5 ton top loaders or a different axle? Would you have rear steering on the 3rd axle? Traditional wheel brakes or driveshaft brake? Stick with the stock fuel tank or move it to behind the cab? Would an attempt at making it streetable be worth the effort? Again this is just a thought, I'm just curious to what you guys would do if you were to take on a project like this.

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Google 6x6 fords get some neat trucks

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Re: How to make a 6x6

Not that long ago saw a twin axle dually with both axles powered in a magazine. So would that make it a 6X6 or a 10X10???


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Re: How to make a 6x6

Google Chuck Chaplinski and Chuck Chaplinski ford. There's several writeups online in both DieselPower and DieselTech mag's websites.

DieselPower:
7/01/2006 2005 Ford F-350 6x6
12/01/2008 2008 Ford F-450 SuperDuty

Diesel Tech:
12/20/2012 Another Build?

I don't know how to link this stuff so Google is your friend.
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Startracks Trucks - True 6x6 Conversions

Google 6x6 fords get some neat trucks
All of those pictures look like stuff that was on usa6x6 a few years ago. The owner of that company wasn't known for delivering quality products if he delivered anything at all. Be vary careful if you buy anything from them.
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I saw a dodge called t rex that had good info aswell.

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Since there is no diff made with an output on the back of it to drive the 3rd axle, at least not in a reasonable size that I'm aware of, you will need two outputs out of the transfer case. I think that pretty much means a 205 case.

I used to have an old Dodge WW2 truck, I think it was a WC45 or WC47. It had this set up. And the predecessor to the 205.

Suspension equalization of the rear axles is a consideration too.

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Since there is no diff made with an output on the back of it to drive the 3rd axle, at least not in a reasonable size that I'm aware of, you will need two outputs out of the transfer case. I think that pretty much means a 205 case.

I used to have an old Dodge WW2 truck, I think it was a WC45 or WC47. It had this set up. And the predecessor to the 205.

Suspension equalization of the rear axles is a consideration too.
A Rock well 2 1/2 ton axle has it. they aren't TOO huge. They have a 6.71 gear ration stock I believe. IMO that would be your best option if you want to make a 6x6.

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Trex used rockwells iirc..a few monster trucks use them as well but put a 5th brake rotor on the output of the axel to help stop.

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If you are really serious,

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