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Unread 07-05-2013, 11:27 PM   #286
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Thank you sir, I'd appreciate it. I told him I'm in no rush for it, just gathering parts now anyway.

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Unread 07-22-2013, 01:57 PM   #287
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Well, jeep is on hold for a few more days. Life's been throwing a lot of things at me lately and I just havent had time to get to it. Had 2 unexpected deaths in the family 1 we buried last week, the other just passed on Saturday. After I get my family through all this, ill be back on the jeep.

I did get some brackets in from Ballistic fab. Coil mounts, lower control arms mounts and some other misc fun stuff. I was going to go ruffstuff, but Ballistic's prices were cheaper than Ruffstuff's on sale pricing, and the brackets I wanted just looked a lot beefier coming from Ballistic.


Once Greg gets me a quote on a truss and upper control arm mounts, Ill have gathered everything I need for mock up on the axles. After that I can start saving for gears and lockers and get those bad boys in.

As far as getting the wj back on the road, im shooting for a new goal of a wheeling trip on the 3rd. Fingers crossed
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Unread 07-22-2013, 04:56 PM   #288
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Sorry to hear about the family.

Ballistic brackets are probably nicer than the ruff stuff anyway.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #289
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Sorry to hear about the family.

Ballistic brackets are probably nicer than the ruff stuff anyway.
Thank you sir.

They seem a lot nicer. I really like how they add the gussets to the link mounts, and the little plate that holds the bolt inside the coil buckets so you dont need a wrench. Its little things like that, that show the thought that went into them. I just couldnt believe that the normal price was cheaper than ruffstuffs 4th of july sale pricing.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 11:35 AM   #290
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sorry for your loss.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 10:40 AM   #291
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Sorry Bro! Think you need to paint them parts like zombie killer green or zombie blood. add just a hint of color to that thing
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #292
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Sorry Bro! Think you need to paint them parts like zombie killer green or zombie blood. add just a hint of color to that thing
Thanks bro. How's mama doin? Everything going well? Next night I have some free time im gonna be callin you. Been too long since we caught up. Same goes for me and Cricks.

I do have little accents throughout the jeep painted red. Diff covers, and winch for now. I plan on doing a few more though, it was just the black was an easier color, plus it hides things well and looks clean.
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Unread 08-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #293
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Front arms are done. Rear lowers are installed. Should be doing the uppers tomorrow, as well as cutting off all the old control arm mounts. After that just have to finish up a few little things, then its on to the aluminum belly skid.


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Unread 08-03-2013, 11:03 AM   #294
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Looking good!
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Unread 08-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #295
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And the trophy for the worlds longest clayton long arm install goes too...... TJSWJ!

And Im still not finished. Rear arms are all in. Still have to burn off all the original brackets, then clean and paint those spots. Then go put it on the alignment rack to make any final adjustments and tighten everything down. Then the suspension is condidered done!

Only thing Im concerned about is the front brake lines, even at normal droop on the rack (sway bar connected) the look WAY too tight! I think im going to order a set of braided stainless ones from Iron Rock, unless anyone else has a better idea.....?

Edit: looks like Clayton offers braided lines as well. I'll be ordering those once I get an email back from them confirming compatibility. I like the fact that they are Clayton, but more cause they are red.

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(yes, while taking the last pic I realized that I accidently ran the e-brake cables and abs sensors under the upper arms. They belong on top.)
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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #296
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Got all the old brackets cut off and cleaned up (gotta love plasma cutters!). Started working on the front diff. Its getting new inner axle seals (been leaking a while), new pinion bearings, and since im going to be in there I decided to put a spartan locker in it. Locker was supposed to be here today, but for some reason its held up in MN

Also picked up the 1/2" 6061 aluminum for the belly skid

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Unread 08-20-2013, 08:19 PM   #297
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Started the pinion bearing, axle seal, and lockright install.



gotta have the coffee


Of course autozone wasnt paying attention and sent me the wrong pinion bearing, so that put a damper on my night. I did get the inner axle seals installed though. Those were a breeze with the right tool.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 08:56 PM   #298
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How much did the aluminum cost you? Did they charge by weight or size?
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Unread 08-20-2013, 10:22 PM   #299
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How much did the aluminum cost you? Did they charge by weight or size?
A friend of mine runs a fab shop and needed some parts from me for his jeep so we did some trading on the aluminum. But, he originally quoted me 250 for a 40x40 section of 1/2 thick 6061. I'm not really sure which way he figured the price. Although I will say that the piece I got is a he'll of a lot heavier than I expected from aluminum. Once I get the skid fanned up I'm going to weigh it to compare against IRO's t-case skid that I had.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 12:09 AM   #300
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Interested to see yours and how much it weighs.

I made mine out of 3/16" plate. It was rejected steel @ .54 a lb. Weighs in just over 50lbs. Still have a couple big chunks left.









Left overs... 24x30 and 60x30 with a chunk missing.



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