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Unread 01-09-2012, 09:51 AM   #61
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Just wanted to let everyone know a 20 ton shop press (even one from harbor freight) makes life 10x easier. Pressed the ball joints into the second knuckle in under 5 minutes, the first knuckle took me 45 at least trying to find the best method with one of those ball joint press kits.

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Wheels: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/CRR-3975860/
Warn premium Hubs: http://completeoffroad.com/i-123158-...-wrn20990.html
Spindle studs (because they didn't come with the nuts so I'm just getting new ones): http://completeoffroad.com/i-134230-...8-24-nuts.html
All the brakes and wheel bearings/seals.

I also need a ball joint spanner wrench, which is not sold at any parts or tool place around here.


I go back to school in a week and then this will be put on hold. Before I leave I am going to order all the stuff I can't get at the parts store. Work will probably not start up again until spring brake or even summer. Anyway, at that point it will move fast again as I work around the corner from my house so I can rip the jeep apart and not worry about driving anywhere.

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Unread 01-09-2012, 09:57 AM   #62
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So the other day I cleaned off the caliper brackets. I'm going to run them without the dust shield and hope that everything holds up. I don't see how they can be that beneficial anyway. I will however still look around for new ones with the dust shield still usable.


Last night I started to press the new ball joints into the knuckles. Its not easy with just the little ball joint tool thing from harbor freight, especially without a vise or anything to hold it still. But, I got one side done.


Today I painted the axles and just milled around not really wanting to do anything. They look good, however I didn't get to serious about removing all the weld spatter, just too much work.




Here is a pic of my brothers d60 in rust converter, its getting brush on black rustoluem tomorrow. I'm going to be including some of his stuff into this thread. It will be the tow rig this summer to Rausch Creek so I can go nuts and break something. Last summer I left early because I didn't want to loose the fuel pump again.
Dude, this thing better be done for late june/ early july. Thats usually when NAXJA hols their NAC fest at rausch creek, its gonna be sick.

Axles are looking good as well
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Unread 01-09-2012, 02:01 PM   #63
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Dude, this thing better be done for late june/ early july. Thats usually when NAXJA hols their NAC fest at rausch creek, its gonna be sick.

Axles are looking good as well
Thanks.
The plan is to be done around that time. My club does their big run at the end of July but I want to be wheelin before that so I'm going to check out Nac fest. I get out of school in May so then I'll be turnin wrenches and spending money to get this were I want it.

I'm trying to get long arms or 35's and lockers. However since its my DD I want long arms for ride quality over their off road capability. On the other hand 35's and lockers will do more for me on the trail then long arms.

I have basically already sold half the parts coming off and have estimated it will be enough to pursue either option. The prices are realistic IMO so hopefully they will just sell quickly and close to what I want to get for them. I will get more by separating it and if there's anything I don't think will sell its the d30 but for slightly lower its worth it for the shafts.

29spline Aussie locker-1 yr old-$225
29spline Chrysler 8.25-1.5 yr old brakes-$200
UTK JCR 1 ton Steering-9 months old-$250
Low pinion d30-reamed knuckles-1.5yr old brakes-$150
Solid d30 cover-Used-$40
4 cragar soft 8's-rock rash-$100
$965
33x12.5r15- 60ish% tread- $450 (If I get new tires)
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Unread 01-10-2012, 03:18 PM   #64
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So today I picked up some Rubicon express short arms for 4.5" lift and then put some new bushings in them. With that said I am not planning to get long arms for a while or at least until I have 35's and lockers. Hopefully these will improve my ride a little too, since I have stock uppers and lowers that are to short pulling the axle back. Anyone know a company that sells a 4" coil?
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Unread 01-16-2012, 07:23 PM   #65
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Used long arms over tires and front locker first. Just my opinion
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Unread 01-16-2012, 11:39 PM   #66
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I know theres some forsale on Sis but i dont know how I would get them
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Unread 01-29-2012, 10:10 AM   #67
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Update.
Warn premium hubs
New knuckle/spindle studs
ball joint spanner socket
All ordered from Complete Off Road.

Also made this bracket for my air intake. The old one I had on there was a joke, i don't even know what kind of metal it was made of. found it in the garage and bent it my hand, the filter and tube would literally fall off. not good. So I finally decided to make something and actually fix the problem. Took about 30 minutes and its solid as a rock now, doesn't move in any direction in the least bit.



Some current pics of the heep.




and after owning my jeep for about 3 years, here is the first time someone took a picture of me with it, lol
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Unread 01-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #68
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Anyone know a company that sells a 4" coil?
Clayton has XJ coils that are 4.5" and TJ coils that are 4" if there compatiable for $159
(XJ)http://claytonoffroad.com/product_in...roducts_id/164
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Unread 01-31-2012, 03:13 PM   #69
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Clayton has XJ coils that are 4.5" and TJ coils that are 4" if there compatiable for $159
(XJ)http://claytonoffroad.com/product_in...roducts_id/164
I know about claytons coils, which is why I was looking for a 4" coil. There 4.5" ones will probably sit high and I want something that would be just over 4 when settled.



http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...1008431&page=3
http://offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?t=402
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Unread 01-31-2012, 08:14 PM   #70
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I think that tomken makes a quality 4" as well
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Unread 02-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #71
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So i have been thinking a lot lately on where I want my build to go. Previously I figured I would just keep it cheap and good on the trails and just beat on it. I have only wheeled 3 times in 2.5 years of ownership and I drive this jeep everywhere. So i figure I'm going to turn it into a dependable and durable wheeling/dd/expedition rig. I want something that's going to run smooth down the highway be able to take me anywhere safely. Which right now it does not do. Its a very ruff ride and scary over any bump at speed. I'm really liking the idea of a more expeditionary rig, that still preforms on the rocks. A rooftop tent would be sick and I'm thinking of building a small off road trailer to haul with me.

I plan to keep a fairly low stance on hopefully 35's.
TNT or clayton long arms. (Really liking tnt's) ($1000)
IRO 4" coil springs. ($130)
Liquid Iron Industries(LII) Shackle relocation brackets and 1" boomerang shackles. ($150 and $130)
LII front frame stiffeners 3/16. ($109)
TNT frame stiffeners. ($119)
Some kind of rear stiffener. (guessing around $110)
Rocker replacement sliders with LII chassis savers for a step and more protection. (cheap and $60)

I believe that these mods will improve my ride greatly and they all seem rather reasonable, about $1900. These are the long term plans. Like over the next year and a half after I get my axles in.

Then after that I want to build a hybrid cage. Nothing spectacular but something that will help protect me if anything happens but also have an integrated roof rack for that tent I was talking about. And far in the future Is a 4bt swap. This is something I am really interested in down the road especially if this expedition mood I have stays.
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Unread 02-11-2012, 01:00 PM   #72
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Picked up some new wheels. Cragar 15x8, 6x5.5 lug pattern, 4" bs, painted orange. $75 for all 4.
None are in any worse condition then the wheels I have now.




I don't know if they are cragar or something else, but the guy had the same axle as I'm putting in so I know it will work
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Unread 02-14-2012, 08:11 AM   #73
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Hay, do you still have that solid d30 diff cover for sale? PM me if ya do!
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Unread 02-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #74
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Still on the jeep, That was really a preliminary listing of things that would be for sale after my axle swap. I wont be able to sell anything until summer when I actually do the swap.

I posted that when I was planning my future mods based on the money I hoped to get for those used parts, lol.
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Unread 03-01-2012, 01:13 PM   #75
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Been making some plans and decisions.

Decided on ruffstuff frame stiffeners because they offer better coverage for only a few dollars more then the TNT set.

Going to build my own long arms using either 2x2 square tube or 2" DOM, either would be .25 wall. Johnny joints on the frame side and clevite bushing on the other. The radius arm will either be those RE uppers I have with the bushing cut off and a tube adapter and JJ welded on or an entire new arm using a 3/4"(thread diameter) Johnny Joint. I have priced it all out to just under $300 + metal, which sure beats the hell out of a $950 set.
I have been designing the cross member which is going to be 2x4, 3/16" or 1/4" thick tube with some 1/4" angle iron welded to the frame rails over the stiffeners. The middle section will drop out to service stuff. I will upload the cad drawings when I'm finished. My laptops to weak for the cad software so after a little while it start to glitch, but ill get it done and post it up. None of the dimensions are right because I haven't been able to measure between the rails, so basically its just a drawing not a design lol.

Pics later today or tomorrow or this weekend.
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