The harbor freight roll bender has been absolutely awesome once I added the wings to it (SWAG offroad style). The regular tube bender I've been using has been a JD2 model 3 for the most part. Now that I'm at the shop I'm lucky enough to have some awesome Mitler Bro's equipment to work with, but that's way outside the realm of everyday garage work.
Soo there have been some big updates, as in the jeep is completely mobile!
Flange for the 205
Superduty 1350 front driveshaft
retubed with 2 3/8 .188 wall, with pucks machined to adapt sizes on the ends
Zeroing using the lathe, tools are nice haha.
Then I went wheeling. ~70 miles each way. Drove up to Fordyce, wheeled all weekend, slashed a tire which had to be replaced with spare but otherwise no problems before driving back home and putting another 100+ miles on it in the last week or two. It has been AWESOME, and put a huge smile on my face.
Coming down winch hill 3 bypass
Finally bent a Claytons UCA. No disrespect to them, this is 7-8 years of HARD abuse and I know exactly when it happened this trip, I was flogging my jeep HARD that weekend.
Aaaand bent my new crossmember. 2x1" .120 is not enough for hard hits lol.
All in all things are great with the WJ. Needs TLC after the weekend but still has no problem on the road
Oops I said UCA - I meant LCA haha. I'm not even worried about having Clayton's do anything about it. I've moved the radius arm pickup points a few times so they aren't in the original positions which might void the warranty anyways, but I'm not worried. I sincerely believe I've gotten every pennies worth out of this kit, and I'm just going to make a new control arm. HF roller w/swag weld on wings, a bender like those from JD2, and bend tech is all you need to make some magic happen . The tcase options were just about all I could ask for and worked as I'd hoped. I ran around in the 1.96:1 low of the 205 for most of the wheeling, then dropped into double low to slow down when going up or going down things.
I'm surprised I was able to bend one of these arms, but it had to happen sooner or later haha. I'll snap some more pics of it, but you can see it in the bent crossmember pic as well.
I haven't decided if it's time to rebuild the suspension yet or just build a new identical LCA. I will actually probably end up leaving the control arms almost as they sit if I do a 3 link, but that will probably be a ways out. I expect to get some snow wheeling in this winter and don't want to take it off the road for any projects. This is time to enjoy it all .
My wheel bearings haven't been a problem for me at all. Up front I'm running D60 outers so with my 36" tires I'm not even close to the limit compared to people running 40-42" tires and still lasting relatively well. In the rear I have the factory big bearing ford 9" bearings, and I have not replaced either one since I bought the axle years ago. I didn't even replace them then, they looked good enough to run. My front inner axle seals are just starting to weep, but my guess is I need to repack them with grease...I expect the seals to be good. In the rear my wheel seals are starting to weep, but I blame that on the fact I think I've started bending the factory 9" housing. I don't know that for sure yet and I've got to put a jig bar through it next time I have things apart to see how bad it is. If it's bad enough, another Ruffstuff 9" housing may be in the future for this jeep but I'll pull every bit of life out of this factory housing before I go that route.
Working windows is high on my to-do list, so I can snow wheel this winter without the potential of getting soaked. I've done many trips without working windows, and it's not the cold that gets ya it's the wetness. But with working seat heaters and a working heater, things are awesome either way lol!
Here in Iowa - no windows = freeze your butt off regardless of heated seats and heater
Thanks for the info on the status of your seals - not sure what direction I want to go - I like my 37"s on factory rims which would work on the 9 I have but again once I put the axles in I never want them to leak or break
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99 Grand, 37" and mostly factory - Raised tank and trimmed fenders etc
Their is a generic heat seater kit that is calling my name on ebay
1993 ZJ Clayton long arms with Johnny joints, custom front axle W yota center, D44 chevy outers, fabtech dirtlogic 2.25, front bilsten rear shocks, tacoma rear axle, 4.88, arb rear, 5 speed, poly motor mount inserts, NP241OR 4-1 ,receiver front for xcr 8k winch