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Unread 07-11-2012, 07:38 PM   #91
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The mid stiffeners, coils, and track bar have been here for a couple days. Front stiffeners come in tomorrow and the shackle relocation next week.



Tonight I cleaned most of the frame coating off the frame. I thought it was going to be a pain but it took me like 30 minutes and I didn't go crazy cause I'm not putting them on for a couple days. I bought some braided wire wheels thinking they might be the best thing, but the winner was the 36 grit flap disc. They made it a cake walk, even though I was covered in the dust afterwards.

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5 minutes of wire wheel

5 minutes of flap disc




The one tricky part will be where the frame has been smashed a little while in the rocks.



Here are some sick crane hooks me and my brother picked up from the steel place. got 3 for 5$ and they are sweet.


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Unread 07-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #92
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Spent the day making and capping the ends of the sliders and the bumper extensions. Still some grinding to do but there good for the most part. Also, cut out part of the stiffeners to go around the Clayton cross member, they are pretty snug so they will get welded together. Gonna drill some holes for some extra welds.

The engine work on the tow rig is coming along too, a couple days(nights) and she should be running. Going away for the past couple days hasn't helped progress.

The front stiffeners should be here tomorrow. shackle relocation who knows when, within a week hopefully.
Buying all the brake parts too probably tomorrow.




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Unread 07-19-2012, 08:38 PM   #93
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Front stiffeners, brakes (minus hubs ordering from bj's tomorrow), pile of steel that's going on the jeep this weekend.






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Unread 07-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #94
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Did some stuff.
Bumper, I didn't spend too much time trying to make it perfect as I'm just gonna drive it into rocks.








Stiffeners going on, those top welds are a pain to get with the crappy angles.








Its moving along, hopefully stiffeners will be fully on tomorrow and ill start on the sliders.
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Unread 07-23-2012, 06:15 AM   #95
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Finished up the bumper, added some gussets and then painted.










Stiffeners are basically done just some trouble areas I need to work with. Here's a pic were there was a ledge were the stiffeners hung over the frame. I had to cut it back to be able to weld it. The other side had a similar problem were the top of the back half doesn't touch the frame rail because the rail was a little beat up. I don't have any pics of this but I'm gonna try and work something out.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #96
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So I just ordered a u bolt eliminator kit from tnt and some hubs and other things the parts store couldn't get from bjsoffroad.

This is happening this week, or should I say starting as happening implies finishing. I aired up the tires on my Bicycle...stay tuned.
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Unread 08-01-2012, 01:53 AM   #97
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Awesome xj, love the bumper
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Unread 08-02-2012, 06:08 AM   #98
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Works underway. Pulled the axles and practically everything else under there. Got the shackle relocation bolted in and started prepping the front too.

Here are some pics from before my rausch creek trip.



Jeep pulled in for the work to begin.


















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Unread 08-04-2012, 04:38 PM   #99
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Things and stuff.

Been jumping around from different jobs i have going on. Started the rocker replacement, I might end up cutting threw the floor to tie them into the frame rails. I have to see though, I don't want this project to balloon into something i cant finish before school in 20 days.







Had to do a little shave job on this thing that I believe goes to the seat belt.




When I realized I didn't have spring plates for the rear I ordered a tnt u-bolt eliminator kit. A plus is the kit also comes with shock mounts. Kit comes in monday. took the old perches off today too.
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Unread 08-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #100
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Started welding on the front stiffeners today. The passenger side is less work so I started there.






Started to remove the track bar bracket.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #101
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Finished up some stuff over the last few days.

Replaced the high pressure power steering line that has been leaking. When on the trail it was leaving a small puddle on and obstacle that strained the system...so all of them. I found this amusing when replacing the line.


Got the front stiffeners all welded up. Ran into some problems on the drivers side, with the stiffener bolted up by the bumper and power steering bolts it hung really low. So when I pushed it against the frame there was at least a 3/4 inch overhang. I accounted this to the holes being drilled in the wrong spots, but it could have been warped or twisted or something. But, as long as the bolt holes lined up I was content, so I cut off the lip.








Finished and cleaned up a little




I also got sick of the horns hanging down, you could even see them with the bumper there and with my jeep getting taller I new it was going to annoy me even more. So I took them off, cut off the little taps that keep them pointed down and bolted them up sideways.




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Unread 08-09-2012, 08:06 PM   #102
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Tonight I vacuumed up the layer of dust from all the grinding, cutting, and welding, my mom was complaining that the house has begun to turn rust colored from all the dust being brought in on our shoes and then well...rusting. lol

Then I got to work,
Took off the stock pitman arm off and through a wagoneer one on there. I'm glad I was able to get the stock arm off, I tried a few years ago for some reason and broke the puller.



Then I rolled the rear axle under the jeep, mostly to get it out of my way.



Lastly I took some time and got all the old bearings and stuff off the shafts, didn't take very long. Started to put the new slingers on the front shafts.






The front axle will probably be bolted in tomorrow night, with that will come the front springs and I will reattach the track bar bracket. I'm hoping there will be room for everything, with the frame stiffeners it moved the track bar bracket out 3/16 of and inch which might make it too close to the springs.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 10:33 PM   #103
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Nice build, I like that you have lots of pics.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 05:43 AM   #104
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Nice build, I like that you have lots of pics.
Thanks, I use them as a way to not write anything haha.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 11:18 PM   #105
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All right line it up sorta straight...good



Roll it under there.



Lets through some bolts in there.



Ah no...wait...maybe...ah...shiiiit...gahhh...




I'm hopping this will be an easy solution, but I didn't have much time tonight to sort it out. You can see were I put the pinion angle in the 3rd pic, I think it looked close for when its on its own weight. So, Because of that I'm worried about this hole, the other side is fine.
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