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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:37 PM   #16
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Kevins off road makes an inexpensive steering brace. It sounds like your steering gear is pooched.

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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #17
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Think so? I am just used to big full tube chassis buggys and crawlers. I want 60's for their strength really. I know 44's are perfectly fine for 35's but I domt want something huge. I want it to still be street legal but stout! I'm not trying to run 40's or anything. Something low lift but well built and modest looking. Something you would suspect to go out and do some hard core wheeling. Plus I have 33's now and I like the height it is at now. 35's and maybe 1 or 2 more inches of lift max is what I would do. But that's me.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #18
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Yeah I mean if that's what you want then go for it by all means, but the trade off will be that you'll lose ground clearance and have to drag those axles over obstacles. Just something to consider.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #19
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Yeah I have thought about it. Thats one reason I didn't want to jump on the 60 front 14 bolt rear set I found for a decent price. Either way, it will be a while. I still have a lot of planning to get done and I gotta get this motor running smooth and about to pass inspection before anything.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #20
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If you want a point of reference, here's a picture of my Jeep. Has 35s with a HP30 front and 8.8 rear.

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Unread 08-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #21
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Well if I wasn't going to do 60's I'd do 44's. I have heard a lot of stories of people breaking axles on dana 30's running tires over 33".
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Unread 08-10-2013, 07:19 PM   #22
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A very polished 30 can handle 35's if you can keep your foot out of the floor. If you could find a waggy id grab the 44's. They aren't much wider than your stock axles which definitely helps keeping it street legal.

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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:02 AM   #23
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I wouldn't say that I have a lead foot... But I do tend to get a little happy with the throttle when I'm in sticky situations. I'd just feel safer knowing I had 60's and that they are strong enough to handle anything I'd be willing to throw at it in my ZJ. I want to run 35's because it's a decent size for both on and off road use, but with 60's if I ever felt like going to bigger tires, I could! Plus, everything I've read comparing 44's to 60's says just to do 60's cause you'll never hear someone say that they regret getting 60's. And I have already run across a couple sets for 1k to 1.2k (60 and 14 bolt) and that is a very damn decent price. Thanks for the info though. And your ZJ looks good.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #24
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You have a good point on being able to go bigger , but I would try and shave the 60's as much as possible.

Can't wait to see some progress!

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Unread 08-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #25
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Yeah, I would shave as much too. The only thing I think is a down side to 60's is the weight. Compared to 44's they are some heavy chunks of unsprung weight. Worth the weight though if it means not ever really being afraid to break an axle and ability to go bigger if I ever wanted to.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 12:44 AM   #26
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My daughter was born on Tuesday!!!
Her name is Scarlett Mae Wentz.
6 lbs 14 oz, 20 in.
She's a beauty! My first child.
I can't stop holding her and kissing her. She's awesome!

Also...

Got my front axle on Monday.
2004 Super Duty Dana 60.
This thing is beefier than a black angus bull.



It is approx. 75" wide from mounting surface to mounting surface (hard to really get an accurate measurement with the shafts and such on it)
Not a bad axle to get for $900. Should last longer than the jeep will with those .5" thick axle tube walls and 1.5" shafts.
Down sides are the weight (which is actually not that bad considering the size, I can pick up the driver side of it without struggling...without the shafts and such on it...), the strange metric lug pattern, and the mounting brackets on it (the driver side is cast in with the diff housing)
I've seen a couple people work around the mounts and cut them off and do custom ones, which was my plan at first, then I got to talking to my buddy about using them and just doing sort of a custom radius arm setup... Still trying to decide what I want to do.
Either way, it's a start. My buddy says he has a 14 Bolt he will sell me real cheap cause it's in a bread truck he is just going to cut up and scrap (he bought the truck for the 4BT Cummins in it to put into his TJ. That is a long work in progress... like 3+ years so far I think.
So with the 60/14 bolt setup I will have it is going to look like I'm going to have to go with 37's!
Not a set back in my book, wasn't really looking to go with 37's but it is more cash I will have to fork over for them.
Any who. That's that. I haven't been on in a while but I had some news so I decided to share.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 04:20 PM   #27
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Got some more work done with the ZJ recently.
My daughter is now 5 weeks old!
And fall is here!

Jeep night at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill here in Dallas, Tx. I wish my ZJ was ready so that I could've driven it out there but I still have quite a ways to go. Saw some cool rigs, mostly wranglers but a couple XJ's were there.


Got my Hughes belly pan kit. Ready to pull that intake and do the kegger mod!


Picked up my rear axle for the Jeep a couple weeks ago. This rig will be one stout ZJ! Corporate 14 Bolt.


Pulled out my IAC to check and clean it.


Pulled my throttle body to prep for cleaning too, it could use it! pretty dirty on the underside.


Here's a look into the intake, can't see much but I was trying to emphasize on the openings and how dirty they are.


Looked at the Dodge forums to get a good how to on the kegger mod, they say there are only 2 vent ports on each side of their intakes... does anyone else have 3 on both sides?


Just about ready to pull the intake after making sure everything is unhooked and unbolted.


Broke this sensor when unbolting the EGR tube from the back of the intake. Anyone know what it is? I didn't do any searching or looking up to see what it was, I am going to end up replacing it now so I will figure it out.


Pulled the intake and here's what I got... can you spot the mistake?
Apparently the intake has been taken off before, I don't know what else would cause it.


If you can't spot it in the pic, here's a close up.


And finally, for now, here's one of the inside of the intake. Soaked with oil and build up. I bet just cleaning this will improve so much for the Jeep.
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