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post #136 of 731 Old 12-16-2009, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Ended up using 90's instead of j's. Curing the ceramic sint on the y-pipe now. Pictures coming soon.


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post #137 of 731 Old 12-16-2009, 04:58 AM
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somewhere in this picture is a joke. anyone care to guess the punchline?

Hits from the BONG!!!

I like my Jeep, just like my women. 'Loose and Flexible'
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forgot the weld in bung, i'll get that tonight. wish i had more time and warmer weather.


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well, weather is warmish and dry. work has begun again.

welded on one slider and got my exhaust tacked up. finally...

i hate cold weather and snow.

this weekend should be productive. i may actually get to move this beast up and down the driveway by sunday. lol.

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sweet! take lots of pics.
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post #141 of 731 Old 03-31-2010, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Exhaust, both street and wheeling versions, are all but done. Need to figure out the best hangar placements. Pics forthcoming in the daylight.

Did a side exit for inspection and road legality and I can run just a turndown at any point after the y-pipe merge as I feel like. The cat and glasspack have collector flanges at both ends for ease of removal. 2.125" Id tube from the headers to the merge, 3"id the rest of the way back. Used the flowmaster y merge found on summit racing.

Now, back to aligning the rear axle. Such a pita that is.

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some pictures. don't mind some of the crappy welds. fluxcore and aluminized pipe don't always mix.
also, don't mind the jack holding the slider up, haven't properly fitted it yet.


what will be my new driveshaft after re-tubing. aluminum from a ford ranger edge(you'll crap a squirrel if you knew what i paid for it). tube is dinged up but the slip, flange adapters, and yoke ends are perfect.


now some exhaust.
side exit. needs a turndown or something a little cuter.



low hanging, dips under the frame stiffeners right before the body side clayton's brackets.


glasspack end.



y-pipe merger. could have done better on the welding, the industrial mig i was using just put too much voltage into things though. there was some hammer clearancing required after the final assembly due to some heat warpage too unfortunately.




next up is start up to burn off the oils and what not from the pipe, then coating with some ceramic paint to rust proof it all for me.

on quite an interesting side note, i found that jegs shipped me a stainless turndown instead of an aluminized one. that made for about 20mins of frustration with the mig machine before i pulled my head out of my butt and grabbed the lincoln 309 rod and fixed it right. lol.

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Wont you just smash that exhaust up on the trails? the part near the rear claytons bracket that is.
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Wont you just smash that exhaust up on the trails? the part near the rear claytons bracket that is.
read one post up.

everything is on flanges so i can pull it off in about 3 minutes and replace it with a turndown that is also on a flange.

the loop under the frame stiffener is about 1/4" from touching so it hangs about 3 1/2" low for street use only. lol.

everything will be covered up by skid plate here shortly.

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read one post up.

everything is on flanges so i can pull it off in about 3 minutes and replace it with a turndown that is also on a flange.

the loop under the frame stiffener is about 1/4" from touching so it hangs about 3 1/2" low for street use only. lol.
Ohh, that seems like a *****, lol. What is you reasoning for doing that rather than just using a turn down all the time?
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Ohh, that seems like a *****, lol. What is you reasoning for doing that rather than just using a turn down all the time?
because a turndown is illegal in my state and the po-po are modified vehicle nazis.

i've had staties check ALL of my tires for coverage with a yard stick against them to see if they stick out beyond my fenders.

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Wow. I forgot you live in PA. You should hop the border over to ohio. No inspections
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i wonder what this is?

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i wonder what this is?
Oooooh I know it's the 4x4 thingy!

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someone talk me out of building a front hybrid 44/9" i can get all the parts except the 3rd member and inner axle shafts for 250$. and i know a guy with the cutting and welding jig for 9"s.

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