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Unread 09-20-2012, 10:52 PM   #31
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Its changed a bit.

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...I say don't lift but CUT. :)
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Unread 09-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #32
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Got the fog lights I won half installed. Still need wiring. The previous owner of my bumper decided to put a hi-lift on the 1/8" light mount, which inevitably tore it off, so had to whip up a quick one. Pretty easy, I think its the best location for them, because they're pretty small.

My autodarkening helmet died when I did this, brought it back for credit, picked up a $32 Lincoln fixed shade with a nice big viewing window. What do you know. A nod of the head does the same thing and it is SOOOOOO much nicer. i can see the puddle much better, and my eyes aren't fatigued after. I'm sure a very high quality autodarkening helmet would be better, but for anyone else who doesn't have that sort of money, try a big window fixed shade.



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Unread 10-01-2012, 09:26 PM   #33
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Not sure how many people are watching but the next steps for the little purple jeep come in response to smashing up my corners/taillights a bit.

So,

-Some type of corner armor

-Grote 4" LED tails


-Cheap 55w lights that should fit nicely inbetween the rear crossmember and the body to act as reverse lights.


-And speaking on the crossmember. Pretty lame. Can't tow from it. No recovery points. So cutting it off and this will be taking its place.


FEA analysis revealed a towing rating of 10,000 lbs and it can withstand a pull well in excess of 20,000 lbs. That's being built from .120 wall 4x2 tube. Approximate weight of 29 lbs. I will likely go up to 3/16" to make welding a bit easier with less chance of warping. Weight calculated in solidworks at 31.45 lbs. Which is less than the tow hitch I get to ditch.

Also I will be revisiting the topic of this thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/re...ck-wb-1366971/

This was put on the back burner. I was sent improperly notched spring pads and haven't come up with a perfect bump stop solution. But it will hopefully be happening soon. I believe I have come up with a good solution for the bumps, just need to double check some measurements.

Also some cheap mods I need to finish:

-Paint wheels black
-Bedline grille
-Bedline hinges
-Chop down front bumper
-Finish painting interior
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Unread 10-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #34
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jeeps lookin great bud. i love how simple and clean everything looks (even if it wasn't simple to do) you were right about me taking mine further but at least your driving your jeep, while i'm wearing my snow gear as i ride the motorcycle to school haha. i'm sure i'll have some questions for you when it comes to wiring up some leds, and im watching that rear crossmember your doing like a hawk. ive gotta be able to tow my trailer but im not sure if i wanna throw a reese hitch on there and ruin my clearance or hack apart my beautiful, sandblasted, primed, chassis saved, and painted rear crossmember to build a stronger one. we will see
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Unread 10-02-2012, 12:30 PM   #35
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I describe my jeep to everyone as a daily driver restoration . I'm extremely impressed at what you've done with yours. I had originally intendend to attempt a frame off in a weekend, but a frame for under 1400 shipped was not easy to find and the repair allowed me to drive it everyday and buy a welder for less money. I still have a lot of work to do to the frame to make it look as good as yours.

Inspiration though.

I can honestly say my hitch hits everything offroad. I don't have any lift, but that thing still surprises me on how it can reach out a grab stuff. I like the look of the factory crossmember and its a cheap and easy upgrade. And I'm honestly sick of bolting aftermarket parts to it. I'll send you the drawings when I finalize the design and insure it fits up well.

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Unread 10-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #36
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BAMF. Didn't want to keep you waiting, so, steel is ordered 4'x2'x6' 3/16" wall. Got the clevis mounts from BERSK (Ground Pounder Fab). THANK YOU. Incredible deal! Check out his ebay page. Ruffstuff was awesome to deal with. They're sending me the correctly notched spring pads and picked up the gussets which I recreated in the model above. 10 bucks for 4.

Also getting the optronics lights from Advance Auto, although I'm holding off on corner armor. I may get the Grote lights anyway. They're cheap through my company, like 7.50 or so. I just need to straighten out the corners a little first. I may go full aluminum corners from Rokmen, Poison Spyder, Savvy, Genright, etc. or just make my own. I'll just have to be less reckless on the trail for the time being.

Can't take credit for this idea though. Inspiration came from here.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/t...ember-1080373/
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Unread 10-09-2012, 03:53 PM   #37
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Fixed up the 3d Model a bit. Got all the fab parts, and the metal has shipped form Kentucky, so should have it soon. Now to see if my real life fab skills add up to what I can do in 5 minutes on the computer.



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Unread 10-09-2012, 05:36 PM   #38
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nice bro
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Unread 10-10-2012, 03:51 AM   #39
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Looks awsome cant wait to see the build
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Unread 10-10-2012, 11:02 PM   #40
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Thank you. Nice to see some replies in here. I need to keep progress going.

Tube arrives tomorrow. Not sure what I'll have time to do. But, I'll try to make some progress.

And an idea for a removable transfer case crossmember.



Thoughts?
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Unread 10-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #41
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Got the tube today and just managed to start laying out the cut lines. Otherwise I added one reverse light in a spot I've never seen used. I never use the rear window, even in the winter so it seemed like a decent spot. Couple 1/4" holes and some 1/4-20 stainless bolts and done. Sorry for the lack of progress.

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Unread 10-12-2012, 05:56 PM   #42
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Got the 6' piece of tube cut down to the final 52"

Little tip if you're used a cheaper chop saw, run a square down the blade ensuring it follows your desired cut. Don't trust the gauge. Also for 80 bucks the Harbor Freight "Professional" chop saw isn't a bad piece of equipment. I actually used the wheel it came with and it made a nice cut. Much prefer something nicer, but hey, gotta start somewhere.

All mocked up:






Double checked all my cuts, as they need to be the same on both sides. Hopefully get it cut out tomorrow.
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Unread 10-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #43
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Good build! I like the homemade fabbing! Shows some real skills, and nice welds for a beginner!
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Unread 10-14-2012, 09:19 PM   #44
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Unread 10-15-2012, 10:16 AM   #45
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Pictures should all be fixed. Thanks for the compliments. I'll try to keep things rolling.
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