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Unread 12-05-2010, 08:04 AM   #31
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Well if you like burning money you can get a 4 wheel alignment, but I assure you, the back is not out of alignment.
Even with adjustible upper and lower control arms, and drop trackbar bracket & adjustible trackbar?

I can see the rear axle sitting 1" out on the driverside.

I think a four wheel alignemnt is needed, maybe you didnt see the specs I listed on the first page

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Unread 12-15-2010, 02:44 PM   #32
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Damn. I should have gone with that high-clearance bumper instead of the one i got. I like those bottom lines a LOT better. That warn looks so sexy sitting in there!
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Unread 12-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #33
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Four wheel alignment is complete and front sway bar disconnects arrived (JKS Quicker Disco's).

The Grand drives great however I am getting a bit of vibration as the suspension unloads from medium to large size bumps at speed. It feels like the front CV style driveshaft is the problem, so I will be picking up a U-Joint style front shaft to swap in after christmas. I have also been looking for a set of U-Joint front axle shafts with the ABS type stub shafts, as well as a decent NP231.

With my up coming time off I hope to knock a few things off the too do list;
- swap front drive shaft
- swap in new A/C compressor
- fluid changes
- mount CO2 via polyperformance bracket
- recover headliner
- wire in/ mount rock lights
- build sliders
- relocate charcoal canister

I dont think i'm being overzealous at all....





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Unread 12-19-2010, 11:27 PM   #34
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That is sooooooo ****ing clean.
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Unread 01-02-2011, 05:31 PM   #35
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I picked up a few things for the Jeep this week;


- a set of TJ ABS compatable front axle shafts with new spicer u joints
- a set of 35x12.50r15 BFGoodrich KM2's

I will be listing my JK Moabs/BFG MTs/Spidertrax adapters to fund the IRO 4.5 springs and Cragar soft 8's amoung other things... front La's.

Trimming this week to get ready for the 4.5" springs and 35's

Anyone interested in the wheels and tires feel free to PM me, I have a commerical FEDEX account so shipping is a possibility. or local pickup/meeting within a reasonable distance (NC/VA/SC).
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Unread 01-02-2011, 08:35 PM   #36
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dude. your rig is so clean i love it
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Unread 01-03-2011, 02:04 PM   #37
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Thanks man.

You know whats its like I'm sure, when its yours nothing is ever good enough and something needs fixed/changed/serviced etc.

I suck at taking photos and when I manage to snap some I'm usually running solo.

Here's a couple from last weekends snow;




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Unread 01-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #38
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your jeep out on the ice would make a great picture
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Unread 01-11-2011, 02:48 PM   #39
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So I can move forward with the 35's at 4.5 on short arms or...... Truss the D44a, BTF diff cover with a lunchbox locker and pick up another YellowTop for the dual battery setup.

I'm leaning with option # 2. I'm worried that 35's with stock V8 steering, 3:73's will open up into multiple problems in turn making for a less capable over all setup.

What does anyone reading this think?
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Unread 01-11-2011, 04:03 PM   #40
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i think the 35s on 4.5 would be a challenge within itself. maybe if you added 1 inch spacers. but then 5.5 on short arms would not be good. also the gearing(or lack thereof) would make your zj a total dog..
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Unread 01-11-2011, 05:20 PM   #41
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So I can move forward with the 35's at 4.5 on short arms or...... Truss the D44a, BTF diff cover with a lunchbox locker and pick up another YellowTop for the dual battery setup.

I'm leaning with option # 2. I'm worried that 35's with stock V8 steering, 3:73's will open up into multiple problems in turn making for a less capable over all setup.

What does anyone reading this think?
I wouldn't drop the coin on the 44a. I was considering going that route myself . . . MVC truss, Aussie, and BTF cover, but then I did the math out, and it made much more sense to go 8.8. Parts are more readily available, the aftermarket is huge compared to the 44A, and it is a stronger axle. 31 spline shafts, bigger gears, wider selection of gear ratios, etc.

I went 8.8/4.10's with a Ruffstuff cover, Detroit locker, and IRO brackets. Additionally, the entire axle was rebuilt when I had the locker installed. I ended up paying $200 for the axle, $250 for the brackets (IRO group buy), $900 for the locker, install, and rebuild, and $100 for the cover. I know the $1550 seems like a lot, but if you do the same thing with the 44A, you're looking at $130 for the truss, $150 for the cover, and $400 if you go Aussie. That's $680 invested, then you still have a ****ty gear ratio for 35's. I could've easily shaved $600+ off my build by going with a lunchbox and installign it myself, so you're really in the same ballpark with the 8.8.

Another advantage of the 8.8 was that there are 4.10's available in HP30's out of 4 cylinder XJ's, so I saved myself from doing a regear. I'll be running 35's on this setup as well . . . any deeper and the pinion gear gets a little too small on any Dana 30.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 10:50 AM   #42
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Squash I would agree if I had been in your situation with a D35 rear.

Plans have once again changed but hey when a deal comes along you jump on it right?

Heres a photo from the parking lot at work the other day; Moms '04 WJ, Wifes '06 XJ, my '98 ZJ, and a customers SRT8.



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Unread 01-14-2011, 03:43 PM   #43
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I sold the Warn today....

Looks like:

-XRC8
-HPD30 (non disco), 4:56 gears, HD Steering, WJ Brake swap all with less than 1000miles
-4:56 gears for the D44a



Now I need a Spartan for the D44a and its install time...
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Unread 01-14-2011, 04:25 PM   #44
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Damn where did you find that HP30
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[B]To be installed[/B]: RE gen2 discos, military battery terminals
[B]To be rebuilt:[/B] HP30
[B]To be received:[/B]
[B]To be paid for:[/B]

[B]Next on the list:[/B] complete redo of brakes and
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[B]Needed:[/B] fittings, coil of brake tubing, Russel speed bleeders

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Unread 02-03-2011, 02:23 PM   #45
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Anyone interested in Claytons front long arms w/o the crossmember? Drop me a PM.
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