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Old 05-02-2019, 07:59 PM
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I have ran into a situation. This one might be pretty bad. Im relaying the problem, in hope someone will learn from it.

I have attempted to contact Uncle Jimmys Jalopys several times again, with no success. I bought this IFS from him, because it seemed to be more specific to sweptlines, and honestly it was cheap. What I didnt bargain for was the total lack of support. This kit came with no instructions, no bill of sale, no parts list, nothing to help the installer. He has instructions online that work well, but if you have a question, your better off sending a carrier pigeon to parts unknown for help. This is the first problem.

After my little mix up on the placement of the crossmember (not as big a deal as I thought, to be honest) I have been searching for information on dropped spindles. No parts list from the supplier, so Im on my own, again. I found the word "helix" on the back of the spindles. This is the only identification on the entire kit. I have no clue how a person is supposed to even buy brakes pads, tie rods or bearings if needed.

This search lead me to a few websites, where I found that this is indeed a helix suspension, which is owned by...the Hoffman Group. China garbage. A lot of forums are adamant about not even completing the installation. They say its very dangerous. Complaints range from welds coming apart, to threads coming out and major parts failing.

Im at a loss, really. If anyone has read the thread so far, this truck is very important to me. I dont want to risk wrecking it on garbage parts. Im not sure if I can finish this installation or not. Its not lack of skill. I know I CAN install it. I just dont know if I should.

Im assessing the situation, and will post again when I get a solution. I might be doing a crown vic IFS.
 
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:11 AM
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Given the reviews of the suspension, I think I would just bite the bullet, cut it off, and toss it. Even without the reviews, the lack of support, or sources for replacement parts would be enough to really discourage me....... Do the CV IFS. At least you know what it is, and parts are easily available anywhere.
 
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:01 PM
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If I wasnt in over $2k, I might. At this point, I cant spend another $1500 for a crown vic install.

So I spent a few hours researching, and making phone calls. First, I called Wilwood. They advertise a "mustang II" style dropped spindle. They said it would fit, but would NOT work with any other brakes but theirs. The geometry is the same, but the brake set up is proprietary.

Then I called Helix. I mentioned Uncle Jimmys, and they said he is an employee of theirs and he will be "out of commission for at least a few months". Not really sure why, and I wasnt going to pry. This would explain the total lack of support from him. I hope everything is okay health wise. This led to me asking about the dropped spindles. The picture shows that they look different than the normal spindles. The tech support guy confirmed that this is the case, and that the dropped spindles will indeed fit, and I can order them directly from Helix, as it is in fact their kit. When I order the spindles, Im going to ask for any information they might have as far as replacement parts, or instructions.

As for the sub-standard kit parts, Im going to deal with it in stages I guess. I cant afford another suspension so I have to deal with it. A lot of people are using these kits, so maybe I can get by for awhile. Ill install it as is (with the dropped spindles) and keep an eye on it. I found several forums where people had installed them, and addressed the issues with them. The cross member is weak in a few spots, requiring some additional bracing. The ball joints and tie rods are chinese garbage, so Ill look to get those replaced ASAP. When it comes time for brakes, Ill hopefully be in a position to upgrade the entire spindle/brake combo. Ill be looking for some different a-arms as well. With additional bracing and reinforcement on the cross member I dont see it being an issue.

I might wind up replacing one of the top hats also. Im going to look into it. A few guys have said they had to buy a few extras. The way you have to trim it is just stupid. Ill see if I can get the other side closer. The passenger side has some big gaps.

 
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:18 PM
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Moving along on the welding. I borrowed a MIG from work for the sheet metal and some hole filling. Got a little done this weekend. Im going to get the dropped spindles before I finish the IFS install. Ill also need shocks before I finish the 4-link. Here are a few pictures from the work this weekend.


The firewall hole the PO cut. It was huge, and not even close to where it needed to be.

TADA!. Simple...Not really. Hours of cutting, grinding and fitting. Now hours of welding to finish. Already looks a lot better.

Test fitting the steering column. It needs some minor adjustments.

The bottom comes to close to the frame. Ill adjust it to center it in the hole, so the factory boot fits and looks factory.

Fitting the transmission tunnel repair. It was butchered also.

The last portion of boxing. I dont think Ill finish behind the rearend. This should be as far back as I need to go. We moved the rearend out of the way for this. Thats not where it goes.
 

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