OK, the front axle is almost done; burned the "C2s" gussets, CA bracket skids and the RK truss; still need to bolt/weld the TB relocating bracket and some bumpstop pads/extra trusses (prolly will wait on those until the axle is mounted so I can measure where and how tall they need to be).
This thing is far from a D60, but it should be significantly stronger with the inner sleeves/truss and gussets; next cut the rear axle brackets and weld the Calyton's axle bracket kit; slap'em Riddler covers, done.
I love my HH210, it almost makes me look like I can weld, almost ; my neighbors hate me, the compressor was on almost all weekend .
OK, so the front is done; just need to slap a HD cover and mount the knuckles/shafts. Next the rear....... damn it, after seeing those 4 door JKs on 37s , been pondering the idea of regearing low and running 37s instead ; it never stops. me.
Made some progress this weekend; well not a lot, but progress is progress .
Gutted out the rear axle to start working on it, only to find out that the locker sensor plug got messed up during shipping; so I decided to try and fix it since only the plastic part of it broke off, the metal connectors were still intact; I used some plasti dip / liquid tape to insulate it and some self-bonding tape I found in the stash of useless crap one buys from Harbor Freight .
Then started cutting the brackets..... after being done with one side, the vibes from the angle grinder/cutter were getting to me, so I decided a plasma cutter is my next bday present.
Mocking up the clayton's truss:
I can't wait to have the rear brackets welded and be ready to move on to gears / D-shafts and get the dubjay moving again; getting there slowly but surely .
2004 WJ Ltd. (steel blue pearlcoat)
4.7, 242 HD swap, 6" Clayton's, 35" BFG KM2s, F/R chromo'd JK Rubi D44s
Well, I'm glad that the JK axles are nearly a bolt-on swap for the WJ ; finally done cutting / griding all the brackets off the rear today, hopefully will be able to weld the truss & new brackets this weekend and move on to something else. Still can't make up my mind whether to go with 35s or 37s KM2s....
I'm loving those pics. The 44's are awesome, but the sparks flying are even more awesome. Was it the wife taking the snapshots? What kind of camera did she have? Man, you have the WJ I'd want if I had a WJ. I envy you guys that have such building skills. Maybe when I'm 40 if I dedicate every day of my life from this point forward to learning. LOL Good luck with your build. I keep watching and am always surprised. You've kept busy.
man this is turning out to be some pretty beautiful craftsmanship. i say to run 37s if you think youre up to it. it would be alot of work on top of what youre doing id imagine with regearing and all that but youve already come this far so why not go ahead and do it? axles are already out siting and waiting to be regeared. then a little trimming and bump stopping if necessary and youd be set.
Got to love an ORVIS guy...
IRO 5.5", Front LA & Double Sheer TB, Rear Adj SA and TB, JKS Quick Discos, Bilstein 5125, 265/75/16 Nitto Terra's, Cragar 16x& Soft 8s 4" bs
JCR Stage 2 Sliders, IRO Trans Skid, Carolina Drive shaft, IRO exhaust