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Unread 03-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #76
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Glad you decided to build youre own.

Building>Buying everytime.

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Unread 03-04-2012, 12:48 PM   #77
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So yesterday I hit the new knuckle studs in and was going to put the knuckles on. However, I couldn't get the ball joints to stop spinning, even after throwing the 4 ton jack under the knuckle and strapping over the knuckle and under the jack to get some pressure on it they still spun and wouldn't tighten. So the plan now is just to assemble all the pieces I will need to finish, everything from the knuckles out including all the bearings. When I start the swap I'll get the axle under put some weight on it and try to get them tightened down.

Does anyone know if I will need a wagoneer pitnam arm? I know they are a longer and flatter but does my stock one limit steering that much, I will most likely get one anyway but just for get it done purpose is it crucial?

I also need to look at the parking break situation and rear spring perches and shock taps. I didn't cut off the old perches because when I measured they seemed to be about the same distance as my stock axle. I think this one was set up for a SOA YJ so I deal with that when I get there.

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Unread 03-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #78
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Simple drawing of my cross member. 3 piece, will probably have a transfer case skid incorporated, Plan is to be flat with very little below the rails.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #79
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Did some exhaust work this weekend. The tail pipe used to rattle on the gas tank skid, so I just threw a turn down on it. the whole system between the cat and tail pipe was shortened like 10 inches, when I originally installed it I went nuts trying to get everything to work together right using adapters and many clamps. Simply welded this time. Its much loader now and sounds really good between idle and 2000 rpm.

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Unread 05-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #80
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Update time. Today I bought some used Clayton long arms for cheaper then I could build my own set, all they need is a new johnny joint on the passenger side radius arm. Easy fix and saving me money. The only reason this build has been taking so dam long is waiting to find deals on all the parts I need. Going back to the cut the mounts off my buddies parts jeep probably tomorrow or the next day.



Oh and I need to weld some plates over these radius arm holes, they had to be drilled out.


And here are the axles as they have sat for like 2 months, I do still have them and they are going under me jeep soon hopefully.
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Unread 05-20-2012, 06:45 AM   #81
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So yesterday I finally got the Clayton mounts off the frame of the parts jeep, which is a pain with them being welded on. After trying to grind and cut through the welds, We ended up just cutting through the floor and cutting the frame off with them. I wish I was more apt to taking pictures while I worked or well at all really, but here are some I guess to prove I have them. It took some work getting the pieces of frame off the mounts even when they were on the workbench.





What I'm hopping to do now is get the new joint for the long arms and do the hack-n-tap and long arms soon even if I need to wait on the axles. which should be moving swiftly once I get some paychecks.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 08:07 PM   #82
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Got the new johnny joint in the other day and tonight I welded some plates over the drilled out holes so they will work on the d30 until the 44's go in. I might be putting the long arms in tomorrow morning, if not soon.




Oh and I got pulled over tonight for not having fenders. I literally said to my brother when I saw the cop behind me "there's a damn cop behind us, I do not want to get pulled over," then like a mile down the road his lights go on. And then I said, "holy *****, I'm really getting pulled over." My 6th sense was tingling. Anyway I'm gonna try and make some fenders out of some 1x.5 3/16 thick rectangle tube I have. Hoping for them just not to look retarded.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #83
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I took my old flexy flares that I used to have on the front and screwed them into the rear with some self taping screws. They are by no means eye pleasing to me, but they don't look terrible and will keeps the cops at bay. I just need to figure out something for the front. Might add some small mud flaps too.



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Unread 06-03-2012, 06:54 PM   #84
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So since the flares actually covered a little more then they needed to, I trimmed them down so I don't fly away. Now they cover just right maybe even a little less. My goal for these is to be just enough to keep the cops from bothering me, hopefully they will give me that A for effort. I'm a lot less worried about the fronts even though they stick out a lot. But, I'm going to figure something out so they have something rather then nothing.

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Unread 06-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #85
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So me and my brother went over the my grandmothers to sand the inside of our boat, but just as we pulled up some rain drops were falling and we decided to just go back home as there was a chance of some thunder storms. We were bored so we decided to just throw the long arm cross member on to get that part out of the way. so we bolted it together and began the work. It took us like 30 minutes and we finish for a test drive as the rain started to pour down.

Here is the stock cross member, you can see it has seen some better days but was holding its own.

Cross member off.

Clayton cross member on.



You can see that one bolt is missing, I lost the nut...silly me.

Gained a good bit of clearance with out the t case drop.


Here is some more picture of the beat up stock cross member.





There are no new noises even without the t case drop, but soon I will have the SYE anyway. Something I thought was weird is that the whole jeep sounds different, not in a bad way though. I figure that the change in angle from the drive train being higher might be the cause, that or maybe the exhaust just sits better without as many leaks or something.
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Unread 06-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #86
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Well the long arms are almost done. Tomorrow I just need to tighten the uppers, cut off the stock mounts, and put the tires on. But here are some pics.




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Unread 06-11-2012, 10:51 PM   #87
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Nice!!!! now get those axles under the jeep!!
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Unread 06-12-2012, 05:16 AM   #88
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Yea, that's the plan for the next couple weeks. I just got a paycheck and the entire thing is going towards brake parts.
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Unread 06-14-2012, 04:08 PM   #89
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The arms are in and the jeeps rolling nice and smooth. Its nice not feeling those hard jagged hits like with the short arms.

Still to cut the rest of the stock mounts off. I just cut the bottoms off so I could get it back on the road.

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Unread 07-04-2012, 07:55 PM   #90
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Things in the mail:
TNT mid stiffeners
LII front stiffeners
LII shackle relocation boxes-back order 5-7 days till ship
JCR steering box spacer- arrived
Clayton 4.5" coils
Clayton straight track bar



My plan is to get the mid stiffeners on as my brother does a top end rebuild on his truck, which we need to be ready to tow the jeep for rausch creek july 27th. Its getting some shiny new parts and this all started cause of an exhaust leak.



I also went to the steel yard last week and picked up some stuff. 2x6 for boxed rockers, 1x1 for frame tie-ins, 2x4 to finally finish off my bumper with the quarter panel cut in fold.



Laying the foundation for cage
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