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Unread 03-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #556
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Thanks for the comments.

I have so much still to do that sometimes I wonder if I'll get it done by summer, let alone by May.

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Unread 03-07-2013, 12:14 AM   #557
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Hurry up... only only 4 months 'til the con and DV.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 07:34 AM   #558
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Yeah better hurry. May is coming fast.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #559
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Looking forward to seeing what you've got planned next. Had to put my xj on hold to work on my mj front end conversion and resto since its my work truck it kinda takes precedents over the xj. Also just got your book in the mail. Very well written I must say and extremely informative.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 12:57 PM   #560
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Capped the corners with some tail light boxes:





scared me when i first saw the chopping, but in the end this is the best comp cut ive seen, bad thing though is that now that ive seen it done and have taillights that look good i kinda wanna do it on mine...
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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #561
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but in the end this is the best comp cut ive seen, ..
Thank you. I agree that most comp cut's I've seen either are simple hack jobs or don't quite match the flow of the body. We'll see how this turns out, I should have it driving in another month.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #562
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Been so busy working on this thing I haven't been posting any updates. Here's a brief one.

Finding disc brakes for the Dana 60-ISU was a major headache and didn't turn out how I planned. I'll post this here so that if anyone else finds themselves with the same axle they will know what they are faced with. My axle is a 1989 and had drum brakes. 1995 - 2004? supposedly have the disc brakes and retain the 8 x 6.5" bolt pattern. I mistakenly thought that the axle flange that the backing plates bolt to would be the same on my older axle as the new ones. They aren't.

Here's the newer ones (guy said these were from an '01 or '02 I think):


Problem is the bolt pattern on the flange is a trapezoid pattern and my 1989 is a square/rectangular pattern like the usual Dana 60's and Dana 70's. So obviously these will not bolt up. Billy (JeepFreak21) used these but he had to make a spacer and then weld them on. I could have done that but this guy wanted $200 for these backing plates, calipers, and caliper brackets, which were all in bad shape. I said screw that.

I went back to the RuffStuff brackets and ordered the Dana 70 brackets, which is what Billy originally used (http://www.bsfab.net/?p=85). I also used the bolt-on brackets but cut the lower half off in order to raise them, roughly 1/4", to fit over the E-350 rotors. I should mention that I tried using 12.5" rotors with a deep hat but all the ones I found will not fit over the E-350 hubs. So... you have to use the E-350 rotors which are 12.83" diameter.

I used the '75 Chevy 3/4-ton calipers which is what RuffStuff suggested and what I found is the brackets have the right spacing when welded to the in-board face of the flange. Here's how mine turned out:



So finally the rear axle is all but done. Got the Yukon cut-to-fit 4340 chromoly shafts cut and installed. Finally a simple job that went as planned!



Also I am jumping around a bit because unfortunately that is how the build is going at this point due to having to wait on parts, etc. Here's the shock hoops for the front:



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Unread 05-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #563
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The shock hoops are killer .. a lot of work bother... keep it up
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Unread 09-24-2013, 02:31 PM   #564
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Unread 09-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #565
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Agreed!! ^^^
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Unread 09-24-2013, 06:11 PM   #566
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Look on NAXJA.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #567
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^^^ Just did....................
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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:35 PM   #568
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^^^ Just did....................
Same here! Had to change my underwear.. That thing is ****ing nasty now! I can only dream mine will be that awesome one day!

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Unread 09-25-2013, 03:30 AM   #569
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Just checked as well.. looks sick!
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Unread 09-30-2013, 11:45 PM   #570
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Amazing build, and so much useable write ups that i plan on using. I may hang out in the xj section a little more now. I noticed you were using a 110v lincoln in the biggining is that what you used to weld the rockers and cage? Also what kind of tube bender was used?
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