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Old 09-06-2010, 11:07 PM   #11
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when we did mine, we just hung the calipers...

it took me and 2 of my buddies 1.5 days to do the same thing.. the buddy who's house we were doing the work at is a welder, and fabricator by trade so we were good to go there... it took him about 1-2 hr's of welding to get everything done. and he has done 4 other cars besides mine. so if you are talking with a welder, I would say between 2-3 hrs depending on their experience...

I would disagree with the gas tank and leaving it in place... There is no way that i would do this with the gas tank in the car.. even if you are careful... that is the LAST thing you want going wrong. It doesn't take that long to take the Gas tank down.. also try to have 1/8 or less gas in the tank.....

if you are doing this, its really the perfect time to do anything on the rear suspension. ball joints/bushings what ever.

like others have said, this really isn't that "Hard" but the welding can be quite intimidating. I have seen some guys MIG weld this in, but i would reccomend not MIGing it in, but make sure that the welder is TIGing.. much stronger weld.
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