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Unread 08-28-2012, 02:08 PM   #76
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Hey, finally checked out your build. Im crawling it. Looking good.




There is no excuse for those crappy welds....

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Unread 09-10-2012, 02:50 PM   #77
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Went wheeling on my uncle's property for about an hour after work and noticed he had a bunch of gravel dropped off this afternoon. Decided to see how well stock suspension flexes on 32s. Front isn't bad, but the rear definitely limits it. I could have gone further in the front, but the rear was already off the ground on the passenger side in this and I didn't want to tempt fate by shifting the weight by getting out with it any higher off the ground.

I need to stop being lazy and cut the frame end out behind the bumper so I can put my 2" shackles on.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #78
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I dig the stock height and 32's!
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Unread 09-11-2012, 05:37 PM   #79
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Thanks man. I def dig the look, but it def needs a little height in the rear.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 05:39 PM   #80
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I agree. What is your plans when finished? Keeping it low on big tires?
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Unread 09-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #81
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2" spacer and an s10 leaf will look perfect with those tires.

I ran 31's that way for a while and with bumpstops and trimming took it plenty of places it didn't belong. I hated dragging my belly over crap, but good skid protection had that covered.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #82
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I've got 2" coil spacers and 2" shackles, just haven't gotten them on yet. I went to do it a couple weeks ago, but the top nut for the shackles broke loose inside the frame and I've been too lazy and it's been too hot to mess with it.

I need to get on it and finish my rear bumper and tire carrier done already.

I've got a laundry list of crap I need to do, but the above is priority for now. It'll stay on 2" and 32s for a good while. I'm going to build an 8.8 for the rear and comp cut it/stretch is before I go bigger and that won't happen for a while til I can afford a daily driver that wont get totally awful gas mileage. The mpgs I'm getting on these tires isn't bad and better than my v6 Dakota with 235s lol
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Unread 09-11-2012, 09:12 PM   #83
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Hows the power with those 32s on stock gears?
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Unread 09-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #84
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Nvm I see you posted in my thread
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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:10 PM   #85
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Been busy lately so I haven't done anything major, but I did remove my rear bumper and mounts this week and mounted my roof lights this afternoon.

Gonna cut out the rear frame ends tomorrow so I can get my rear shackles on and start the rear bumper mounts. Probably get the mounts welded onto the 2x5 Monday.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 08:46 PM   #86
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Are you concerned about the shackle pretty much pooching your leafs? As soon as I tossed in a l.5" lift shackle with my BP and relocation brackets, that was the end of my leaf springs and I had to toss another leaf in to support it.

Of course I am frugal and didn't want to spring for a whole new leaf pack to lift it and would rather build it - for better or worse.
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Unread 09-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #87
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I'm not worried. If I have to add more leaves so be it, I'll just go up to 3" in the rear and stick my Up Country coils in in the front. The only reason I'm not doing that now is the shocks that are on there don't even have 300 miles on them yet so I don't want to replace them yet.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 07:13 AM   #88
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Check out these shackle relocators by rough country:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_xtras_1117.html

I've replaced my entire XJ suspensions and after basically rebuilding every single part on my YJ, I can tell you there are a lot of HUGE design flaws with how the suspension mounts to the unibody frame. Like the captive nuts you're having problems with, what a pain in the ***. Whatever you do, wish you luck.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:35 AM   #89
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Yeah I thought about those, but the spacers and shackles are temporary. When I get my 8.8 built up I'm going to comp cut the rear and move the rear end back for a longer wheel base and likely covert the rear to coils. You get a lot more flex and it doesn't stress the unibody anywhere near as much.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:43 AM   #90
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I couldn't fathom paying for relocation brackets so I made my own and welded them into the frame pockets permanently. If this wasn't still a somewhat primary/road driven vehicle, coils could be an option, but I'm happy with the wheelbase, and I'm seriously considering a 4dr Cheromanche body mod - I come SOOO close to smacking my fishbowl hatch area often when I'm wheeling.

When added to my BP which started with an s10 main, I added a dodge van main - it's plenty long, and you can support the entire XJ main to avoid that last couple inch kink they like to get. Perfect now - just a bit of arch, flexes and stuffs easily due to the lack of lift pack type arch.

Hey - what's that black egg like thing showing by the end of the passenger side front bumper? I have one too and don't know what it's for. Can I move it? Where can I put it?



















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