Originally Posted by TRXStudent;1287696 - Thinking the knuckles will look nice aluminum..[/quote
the 450 front a-arms are not symmetrical on the left and right side , aluminum colored arms with a different color frame brings attention to the fact and to me doesn't look good
Hey fish, bumping my thread back up, it got lost because I've been cheating and doing work and not posting. I'm sure you can relate, just got carried away.
Painted the knuckles aluminum, and the a-arms matt black. I like how things turned out. Its not perfect as I wasn't taking my time and taping things off carefully. This is my very first resurrection build, so I'm learning as I go. I used a wire brush on a drill and on a grinder to get rid of the rust, but didn't work so hard to try and get to bare metal. Is it necessary, put 3 or 4 coats on, with the rustoleum spray cans.
I covered the racks in truck bed liner and it came out awesome. Should do this to my other rides. Used the same process of wire brushing everything first.
The plastic restore wipes I used have held up REALLY nice on the black portions of the plastics. They look almost new. The red plastics look ok, but the sections that had faded to pink still look pink
The two light pods came out easy. One had cracked glass and a broken bulb. The pod light holders are in good shape though. I ordered some cree led pods and received them last week and started tinkering. The LED pods have two wires, a red and a black. My issue is figuring how to wire them in, do the high and low wires connect directly to the red on the pod? I would like to have my switches working as they should, so these headlights coming on with lows and highs, as I'm going to install a third cree led pod on the spot light for high beam. I'm a wiring noob. I have a multimeter and can youtube stuff. Just want to be pointed in the right direction.
The rear shocks are super easy to push down, and come up reluctantly and I thought I could replace them with some shocks I had taken off of a china clone, its an odes wilderness 400- I have two of them. They come in handy for parts now and then (another dump save). These shocks are beefy and HUGE. I had to switch around the nylons and bushings so that they would fit in the 450s shock mounts. After all that work I realised that even the shorter front a-arm shocks from the odes would be too stiff and long for the 450s, compared to original, so mission failed. Wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what I should look for in terms of salvaging shocks from other machines, or if its even doable.
I'm also encountering a mysterious draw from my battery (oh lord). This happened before, and thought I had solved it by removing the fried winch. Thought maybe it could be the broken lights that were grounding out. Now that both those things are removed I still need to jump the battery. Its a brand new walmart battery, so not complete confidence. But I did make sure it held its charge before installing it. I realize now after reading this rant that I'm shooting in the dark untill I learn how to test for grounding with my multimeter.
Photos to come.