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    Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    The question I am asked most often when doing mods on the HASBRO HUMVEE IS:

    Can you somehow make it so the front end suspension looks more realistic?

    I know a couple OSW members have added springs/shocks to the front ends on their Humveees and it looks spectacular.
    My dilema has been what to do because when I raise the HUMVEE body , I do extensive cutting and material removal from the front end.
    I kept trying to think of way to incorporate the heavy springs....I went so far as to watch a training video on HOW TO CHANGE THE FRONT SPRINGS AND SHOCKS on a HMMWV!!!!
    The idea I came up with was a HUGE gamble, because it would mean completely disassembling the front steering bar and wheel hubs. I took one of MY Humvees out and with fingers crossed started cutting away. I cut so the cylinder(like a shock) shape on each side was separated from the wheel mounting hub. I then shaved and sanded the cylinders smooth. Then, using a TUBE larger than the shock, I used One of PUKINGDOG'S old buddies: 12GA. Electric wire and wrapped it around as tight as possible. I cut the proper size and slipped it over the shock...I cut a small section out of the steeering bar(no more dual steering) so as to move the SHOCK and SPRING as close to the frame as possible.
    Here's how it looks so far:








    THE NEW WHEEL HUB:





    With Tires temporarily attached:











    It was a pretty labor intense project. The gamble of cutting the steering mechanism paid off...the only drawback being you have to pose each tire .
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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    Looking good Saw! Glad to see you around again man!

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    Mightily impressive. Good to see you at your brilliant madness again
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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    As usual more brilliance from Butch!

    Love the look. Definitely adds to the apearance. Let me suggest posting a picture of an actual HMMWV and the original Hasbro so those that aren't so iknowledgeable an see what a huge difference your mod makes?

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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    Breath taking work! I used Tamiya RC springs for my own mod cos I could never coil the wires right into a spring. the drawback is that that the springs are quite thin and not to scale. I never really thought it through, but looking at your pics, I would have a problem if I did a body lift according to your pinned tutorial.

    Truely impressive work, Butch. This is MUCH harder than it looks, I'm blown away by your countless mods!

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    Wow Butch, that is damn impressive!! Your work on the Humvee has been outa the park every...single...damn...time! You never cease to make me shake my head in wonderment at your humvee "chop shop"!
    It's a fabulous time to be collecting in 1/6th scale!

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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    Quote Originally Posted by major.rod View Post
    As usual more brilliance from Butch!

    Love the look. Definitely adds to the apearance. Let me suggest posting a picture of an actual HMMWV and the original Hasbro so those that aren't so iknowledgeable an see what a huge difference your mod makes?



    That's a good idea Will. As soon as I can I'll take pix of a normal Hasbro Humvee.
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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    Butch, this looks amazing. What will be next? Working lights?

    PS: I called you on Sunday, Joelle is IN Chicago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bravo Four View Post
    Butch, this looks amazing. What will be next? Working lights?

    PS: I called you on Sunday, Joelle is IN Chicago!

    Thanks John. No lights for me. Davinator's has working headlights.
    If she's in town, have her call us , and we can treat her to dinner .......
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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    Brilliant work Butch.. I'm sure you'll figure out the steering bar SNAFU.

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    Re: Humvee Heavy Front Springs

    For some HEIGHT comparisons between an Original Hasbro Humvee and one with a raised body go here:

    https://www.onesixthwarriors.com/foru...omparison.html
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