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post #511 of 1666 Old 08-23-2010, 07:19 PM
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Dunno if you're in the market for wheels or not, but its just an idea.. would maybe some faux-beadlocks get rid of your valve stem issue? I have Mickey Thompson classic locks, and I've never beat on them in rocks, but the stem is tucked away pretty well behind the ring.
i ran sunday and ended up raking the wheels several times hard against rock ledges without incident, so it's really kindof a random event.

but yeah, some fake or real beadlocks would do tha trick. however, i've got too many other things sucking money right now.
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ha, sorry nothing new to entertain, till IRO SHIPS MY JUNK!
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for anyone else doing the JK axle swap and not re-using bracketry or fabbing thier own...

I talked to Clayton before going with IRO. He has had a rear kit for a while, but the front kit is still "under development". basicly he said they put the new front kit on someones ride and then that person is having a noise and they *think* that maybe having the lower control arm mounts flush on the axle moved them too close to the frame under full flex and that they are hitting, but the guy hasn't had time to get into the shop again so that they can figure out the exact issue... as soon as that's resolved, the front kit will be for sale.

i figured IRO has already done this whole swap several times and has the bugs mostly worked out, so i went with their kit. however, i will have to have some custom fab done to the kit because it is designed for their 3-link front, should be fairly easy. I also liked that their front included a full truss, which i don't think the Clayton kit does.
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post #515 of 1666 Old 08-24-2010, 10:03 AM
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ha, sorry nothing new to entertain, till IRO SHIPS MY JUNK!
it's like the pre-game show. You have to have your ready so you don't miss kick-off!!

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post #517 of 1666 Old 09-02-2010, 07:10 PM
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Hell yeah man! Is that the "Kit B" on their site? If so, I might need to look into a d44 swap..

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Hell yeah man! Is that the "Kit B" on their site? If so, I might need to look into a d44 swap..
yes it is!

they accidentally sent 2 driver-side rear coil buckets and also missing trackbar mount, but pretty soon, just maybe, we'll almost get going on this!
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post #519 of 1666 Old 09-02-2010, 09:55 PM
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So what are you pulling the 44's out of? I am already interested in replacing my rear 44a with a 44. If you could, can you list everything you are doing to the rear end to make it a swap? I know that if I got IRO's kit, id be covered for that part, but im more worried about the year of ford or whatever you got it out of, and what your doing for ABS and the tone rings..

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very nice !!!

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So what are you pulling the 44's out of? I am already interested in replacing my rear 44a with a 44. If you could, can you list everything you are doing to the rear end to make it a swap? I know that if I got IRO's kit, id be covered for that part, but im more worried about the year of ford or whatever you got it out of, and what your doing for ABS and the tone rings..
I think he is using JK D44's....Like me :P
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Wow. Awesome build! Yours is one of manny threads i have to follow! When I get me a new one it wont be as extreme (due to no good offroad possibilities) so i like to follow the ones that have the need of a flat out build!

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Oh ok, so will the IRO truss kit work on only jk44's or can I pull one from a waggy and weld it on there?

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yeah, this is for some JK Rubi 44's I bought back in spring.

I don't know if this kit would be ideal for use on any other axle, it seems pretty specific to the JK. You might be better off using the Clayton rear bracketry & truss, seems more "universal". you would then still need to figure out e-brakes & speedo/ABS for you specific axle. i believe tom woods can make a SYE kit for nearly anything, even the 242HD now that will have a speedo output so you don't have to use the tone rings, but you loose ABS.

overall I think the JK Rubi axles are a good deal for us even though they are priced a little high. i mean they are much stronger than what we have, good lockers, captive bearings, only slightly wider, same bolt pattern, working tone rings, easy e-brake setup, front/rear discs, and tons of aftermarket to make even stronger. i got flamed for saying that on Mallcrawling... the general consensus there seems to be that if you're going to bother swapping axles you need to be going to 60's or Sterlings and that JK's are overpriced weeklings.
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yeah, this is for some JK Rubi 44's I bought back in spring.

I don't know if this kit would be ideal for use on any other axle, it seems pretty specific to the JK. You might be better off using the Clayton rear bracketry & truss, seems more "universal". you would then still need to figure out e-brakes & speedo/ABS for you specific axle. i believe tom woods can make a SYE kit for nearly anything, even the 242HD now that will have a speedo output so you don't have to use the tone rings, but you loose ABS.

overall I think the JK Rubi axles are a good deal for us even though they are priced a little high. i mean they are much stronger than what we have, good lockers, captive bearings, only slightly wider, same bolt pattern, working tone rings, easy e-brake setup, front/rear discs, and tons of aftermarket to make even stronger. i got flamed for saying that on Mallcrawling... the general consensus there seems to be that if you're going to bother swapping axles you need to be going to 60's or Sterlings and that JK's are overpriced weeklings.

I think there is some truth to both sides of that argument. For most mallcrawlin builds JK axles are a waste of time and money - but your build is atypical for that site. From the wheeling you do I think the JK axles will fit nicely

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